Fruita’s Rigsby, Palisade’s Kenward shine in season-opening track meet
Gunner Rigsby got his track and field season off to a strong start at the six-team Bulldog Classic, winning the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 11½ inches at Stocker Stadium on Saturday. The Fruita Monument senior also placed second in the high jump with a 6-foot leap, and the 100 meters in 11.66 seconds.
Palisade’s Zaccre Kenward won the three sprints, taking the 100 (11.48), the 200 (22.96) and the 400 (51.72).
Caleb Brown won the discus for Palisade over Grand Junction’s Alexander Cox 132-1½ to 128-2. The two swapped places in the shot, with Cox winning with a throw of 43-11½.
Central senior Jared Leblow won the 3,200 in a time of 10:39.70, and Palisade’s Connor Dillon won the 800 in 2:04.96.
Glenwood Springs won the team title with 139½ points with Palisade second at 106.
In the girls competition, Eagle Valley won the title with 168 points. Fruita Monument finished third with 77.
Palisade’s Laura Richardson won two events, taking the 100 in 13.59 and the long jump with a leap of 15-3.
Fruita Monument had two winners in Kenley Kohls, who cleared 5-1 to win the high jump, and Sophia Hubbard, who won the 200 in 28.60.
Sami Feller capped her hat trick on a goal with two minutes remaining as Palisade cruised past Summit 4-0.
Feller drilled a penalty kick in the third minute, then scored again near halftime. Maya Hilty scored just on the other side of the break as the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0 4A Western Slope League) carried momentum against the Tigers (0-1, 0-1).
Grand Junction 7, DSST-Green Valley Ranch 0: Lucy Raaum scored three goals and Elle Lucero added two as the Tigers (2-0) handled the Raptors (0-1). It was K.K. Lacy’s first varsity shutout, as the junior turned away three shots.
Arvada West 3, Central 0: The Wildcats (1-0) scored twice in the first half to pull away from the Warriors (0-2).
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Host Montrose took second and District 51 took third in a six-team meet in Montrose.
For the Indians, Ryan King won the 1,000-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley. Cayden Christianson won the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 2.27 seconds
District 51’s Tyler Sweet won the 100 individual medley in 59.6, and Travis Newland took the 50 freestyle in 22.90.
Nice Gunaydin, who finished second in the 50 freestyle, took the 100 freestyle in 52.46.
Alex Nicoletti scored seven times and Grand Junction held Summit to only two goals in the second half of its 15-5 victory.
Tia Sewell, Katie Carozza and Taylor Paumen each added two goals for the Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Mountain League) and Anela Cronk finished with six saves.
Cheyenne Mountain 20, Fruita Monument 1: The Indians (2-0) scored 16 goals in the first half against the Wildcats (0-2).