GJ in second at SWL track meet
Grand Junction sits in second place for the boys and the girls after the first day of the Southwestern League track and field meet Friday.
The Tigers’ boys got wins from DeShaun Harris in the shot put (54 feet, 7 inches) and Charlie Medina in the 3,200-meter run (10 minutes, 28.13 seconds).
Grand Junction’s Robert Harrison was second in the triple jump (39-11.5), edging teammate Chance Mims, who was third at 39-8. Michael McKnight took second in the shot put (47-8) for the Tigers, and Stockton Rock (5-10) and Chance Mims (5-8) were second and third, respectively, in the high jump.
Grand Junction enters today with 59 points, 13 behind Durango.
Central’s boys got a win in the triple jump from Coy Johnson, who leapt 40-10.25.
In the girls meet, Grand Junction’s lone winner was Whitney Jackson in the long jump (17-4.75), and Trinity Simmons was third in the 3,200 (13:05.53).
The Tigers’ 29 team points were matched by Fruita Monument. Durango leads with 62.
Fruita’s top finishes were: Cassi Ahrens, second in the 3,200 (12:22.07); Jenna Soukup, second in the discus (101-2); and Niki Hunt, third in the long jump (16-9).
4A Western Slope League
Leo Gallegos and Greta Van Calcar scored Palisade’s lone event wins on the opening day of the 4A Western Slope League meet at Stocker Stadium.
Gallegos won the boys discus in 137-9, and Rifle’s Brayden Smith was second (129-9).
Van Calcar clocked 10:50.33 to win the girls 3,200, with Delta sisters Cleo and Clarissa Whiting second and third, respectively, in 11:17.35 and 11:19.04.
Delta duo Amelia Hawkins and Callie Gafford finished first and second, respectively, in the high jump. Both cleared 5-0.
Rifle’s Joey Kuheim won the girls shot (41-4.25), and Delta’s Bryanna Music was second (38-4.5).
Aaron Wagler of Rifle finished second in the boys 800 (1:58.48), and Delta’s Dustin Ownbey was second in the 3,200 (10:26.43).
3A Western Slope League
Cedaredge got wins from Nellie Freeman in the 800 (2:23.52) and Kenzie Henderson in the high jump (5-0) to take the team lead in the 3A WSL girls meet.
The Bruins got a second-place finish from Rachael Latta in the long jump (16-11.25), teammate Rebecca Deal was third in the long jump (15-7.25), and Ashley Diaz was third in the 3,200 (12:36.93).
In the 3A WSL boys meet, Cedaredge’s Austin Williams easily won the shot put (48-2), and Olathe’s Freddie Ramirez was second in the 3,200 (10:40.34).
2A/1A Western Slope League/SAN JUAN BASIN LEAGUE
Jennifer Celis and Natalie Anderson of Hotchkiss dominated the distance events in 2A WSL girls action.
Celis won the 800 in 2:13.10 to finish nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Ashley Van Vleet (2:22.82) of Paonia. Anderson won the 3,200 (11:50.18) ahead of her sister, Mae, who finished second (12:11.16).
Paonia freshman Taylor Carsten won the discus (113-1), followed by Hotchkiss’ Kylie Hodges (108-10). Sydney Hughes of Meeker won the triple jump (34-0), with Paonia’s Easton Hartigan (33-72½) and Ce’rra Carsten (33-1) right behind.
In 2A WSL boys finals, Hotchkiss’ Cody Bartlett won the 800 (2:01.28), with teammate Andrew Tiedemann second (2:02.72). Bartlett added a win in the 3,200 (9:56.69), and teammate Mason Oxford won the discus (129-7).