Hurdling twins: Felicia, Jessica Selby excited about competing for Central

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Central’s Jessica Selby runs the second leg of the 100 shuttle hurdles on Friday afternoon during the Central Relays at Stocker Stadium. Her twin sister, Felicia, ran the third leg.

Felicia Selby could hardly believe her ears when Central High School sprint coach Jack Robinson approached her last year about competing in the hurdles.

Robinson saw Selby’s twin sister, Jessica Selby, running the hurdles at practice and was impressed, but when he went to talk to Jessica, he ended up talking with Felicia.

“He didn’t realize which one he told that, so I got stuck doing it, too,” Felicia Selby said. “I couldn’t do it. I was totally against it. I looked at him, like ‘What?’

“I used to hate hurdles. I love them now.”

Jessica sprained her hip a few weeks later and didn’t compete in hurdles the rest of the season.

The twins are excited about competing in the hurdles this season and helped the Warriors take second place in the non-traditional girls 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay Friday in the Central Relays at Stocker Stadium.

Glenwood Springs won the girls team title with 72 points. Palisade took second with 68, Fruita Monument was third with 65 and Central took fourth with 61.

Fruita Monument won the boys team title with 72 points. Moffat County was second with 71, Glenwood Springs was third with 62 and Palisade took fourth with 60.

The Central girls shuttle hurdle relay team finished in one minute, 14 seconds. Glenwood Springs took first place in 1:13.96. Fruita Monument was third in 1:15 and Palisade was fourth in 1:16.

“It was the first event of the season, so it was a good opening start,” Jessica said. “I’m getting better in the hurdles, so I should excel in that.”

Central’s boys 100 shuttle hurdle relay team of Jarret Higginson, Scott Davison, Austin Ketchum and Aaron Wallway took first place in 1:07.

Rifle was second in 1:11, Glenwood Springs took third (1:13) and Fruita Monument was fourth (1:13).

Palisade won one of the other unique relay events, the throwers’ 400 coed relay, with a time of 55.7 seconds.

The Bulldogs’ team of Savannah Hanson, Tanner Smith, Olevia Shafer and Nick Stephanus even came close to the girls 400 relay team time of 55.49 seconds.

“We were trying to beat the girls 4x100 time so our sprint coach has to buy our field coach dinner,” Shafer said.

Shafer, who is normally a jumper, competed in discus because of injuries.

“It was exciting,” Shafer said. “I felt we had a good chance to win it. All of our throwers are active athletes in other sports like football and volleyball.”

Shafer ran cross country and played basketball, Hanson played volleyball, Stephanus played football and wrestled and Smith played football.

Rifle took second place in the throwers’ relay in 58 seconds and Central finished third in 1:06.

Even the field events were scored as relay teams.

The Central girls won the high jump and shot put (89 feet, 9 inches). The Fruita girls won the discus throw (281-7) and the Palisade girls won the long jump (42-2).

On the boys side, Palisade won the discus throw with a combined distance of 373 feet.


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