Palisade’s Shafer captures first league track crown
Olevia Shafer has accomplished a lot in track and field.
On Friday, the Palisade High School senior won her first Class 4A Western Slope League triple jump title at Stocker Stadium.
“That was definitely a goal,” Shafer said. “Every year, I’ve moved up a place from fourth until my senior year, so I’m glad I won.”
The Palisade girls are in third place in the team standings with 34 points. Battle Mountain is first with 76 and Eagle Valley is third with 39. Glenwood Springs is fifth with 25 and Delta is sixth with 21.
Moffat County leads the boys race with 39 points. Glenwood is second with 29. Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley are tied for third with 28. Delta is fifth (24) and Palisade is sixth (23).
Shafer took second place in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 26.03 seconds and posted the top 400 preliminary time as well.
“The 400 I feel pretty good about,” Shafer said. “Since I did have the 800 left, I coasted the last 100 meters to save it. I didn’t try to press or pr (personal record).”
The 800 was another story.
She started out strong, taking the lead, but Eagle Valley’s Roxy Trotter passed her in the last 50 meters for the win. Trotter finished in 2:23.60.
“I’ve only ran it once (before),” Shafer said. “Looking at the times, we knew if I wanted to win, I would have to lead for a while. My coach said go out hard, which is what I did. I didn’t know when to kick, because I never ran the 800 before. It was kind of a bummer.”
Shafer raced the 800 the first time in the Frank Woodburn Invitational earlier this year and took second in that race.
Shafer should qualify in the triple jump and is close in the 400 and 800.
Palisade’s Tanner Smith won his first discus throw league title with a throw of 148 feet, 8 inches.
“It felt great to win one of the biggest track meets and be on top of the league,” Smith said. “It’s a confidence booster going to state.”
Friday’s mark is about three feet shy of his personal best mark.
Delta’s Josh Walker took second place in the boys 800 run in 2:00.27. Steamboat Springs’ Jeff Sperry took first place (1:58.27).
“The (800) is the hardest thing I’ve ever ran, but I felt like I gave it my all,” Walker said. “I think that got me up there (into the top 18 for state). I’m pretty happy with myself.”
Teammate Ethan Baier won the long jump (21-8.25). Moffat County’s Alfredo Lebron took first in the 3,200 (9:54.68).
Delta’s Bryana Music won the girls shot put title with a throw of 35 feet, 11 inches. Palisade’s Savannah Hanson took fourth (31-9).
Moffat County’s Maddy Jourgensen won the girls 3,200 run in 11:35.75. Battle Mountain’s Logan Carlson won the high jump (5-1).