Hard work pays off for Central’s Wallway in Mickey Dunn Invitational

Central’s Aaron Wallway, right, answers the challenge of Durango’s Jared Blake and Palisade’s Collin Girardi, far left, to win the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.

Aaron Wallway is a motivated young man.

Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium, the Central High School hurdler won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Wallway turned in a time of 15.33 seconds in the 110 hurdles and a 41.50 in the 300 hurdles.

“It felt good,” Wallway said. “I was nervous up until this meet for the season to start, I couldn’t wait for it.”

The new season brings new hope for Wallway, a senior who’s trying to forget about a sour ending to his junior season.

Wallway qualified for the state meet in the 300-meter hurdles, but a sprained ankle in the regional meet hampered his state performance. Wallway finished 15th in 41.24.

“Aaron had that bum ankle and didn’t make the finals,” Central coach Lanton Kame said. “That’s been gnawing at him this whole offseason. It was a good thing he wasn’t a senior because he’ll have his opportunity as long as he continues to work hard.”

Hard work has always been one of Wallway’s best traits since he began running the hurdles as a freshman.

“Aaron has worked his butt off to become a natural,” Kame said. “Aaron’s work ethic is going to take him for a ride.”

Although Wallway took first in both of Saturday’s hurdle events, he said the 300 hurdles is the better of his two events.

“I’d like to think I have good endurance and that’s what it takes to run (the 300),” Wallway said. “I feel more comfortable running the 300.”

Saturday, Wallway tied his best time from last season in the 110 hurdles and was one second behind his best time from last season in the 300 hurdles.

“My block starts are still a little rusty,” Wallway said. “But it was fun to get out and compete, and see who is still good from last year, and see some new people.”

Grand Junction’s Stephanie Ryken won the girls’ 100 and 200-meter dashes. Ryken won the 100 in 12.92 and 200 in 27.00.

Ryken’s finish in the 100-meter dash is better than any time she posted last season.

“I’m picking up where I left off last season,” Ryken said. “I had some injuries to my lower legs last season, and this year I feel lighter and quicker on my feet.”

Palisade’s day was highlighted by Tanner Smith’s first-place throw of 138 feet in the discus.

The Bulldogs also had strong showings from Rasjon Buford, who finished third in the 100-meter dash in 11.67, and Olevia Shafer, who finished first in the triple jump in 35 feet, 10.5 inches.

“I learned a lot about our team and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” Palisade coach Tim Reetz said.

Fruita Monument was paced by a first-place finish in the 800 meter relay. The Wildcats’ team of Katie Werman, Joelle Lafevre, Reanna Kissner and Katie Martin finished in 1:50.31.

“It was our first meet so it went like I expected,” Fruita Monument coach Tom Goff said. “We had some good things but we aren’t where we want to be.”

Montrose’s Eric Shellhorn won the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs. Shellhorn finished with a 1:59.35 in the 800, and a 4:31.81 in the 1600.

Delta’s Bryanna Music won the shot put, throwing 35 feet, 3 inches.


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