Rest helps Chaffin win high jump at Wild West Invite
All Amanda Chaffin needed was some time off.
Saturday at Stocker Stadium in the Central Wild West Invitational, the Central High School senior won the girls high jump by clearing 5 feet, 2 inches.
The leap was four inches better than her performance last weekend in the first meet of the season.
“Last week I injured my ankle and let it rest a couple of days,” Chaffin said. “I think that helped a lot to not be in pain when I jumped.”
Chaffin’s best jump at the Mickey Dunn Invitational was 4 feet, 10 inches. Chaffin didn’t start jumping until 4 feet, 8 inches on Saturday in an attempt to boost her confidence.
“Last week she went out at 5 feet and I said ‘Hey, we have to get back to work,’ ” Central track coach Lanton Kame said. “What a difference a week makes when your mind is composed.”
Saturday’s jump moves Chaffin into the top 18 state rankings. Chaffin has made the state meet the past two seasons, finishing eighth as a sophomore and 12th as a junior, topping out at 5 feet both years.
This season, Chaffin is hoping to not only make it back to the state meet, but also has goals closer to home.
“I trying for a 5-foot-6. I want the school record,” Chaffin said. “I obviously want to go to state, but this year’s goal is to beat the school record.”
Chaffin also tried the long jump for the first time in her career, finishing ninth with a leap of 14 feet, 2 inches.
Grand Junction’s Sarah Versluis won the long jump at 15 feet, 11.5 inches.
Versluis was forced to take breaks during her jumps to run in the Tigers’ 400- and 800-meter relays. Grand Junction won both races.
“Today was a hectic day,” Versluis said. “I had to do that all in about an hour. Next week is peak week, so I’ll be working hard and I expect to be jumping farther the next couple of meets.”
Grand Junction finished third in the girls team race with 103.5 points. Telluride won the girls meet with 117 points and Fruita Monument was second with 114.
Kasey Mortensen led the Wildcats’ with a win in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 30.27 seconds.
“I’ve had shin problems throughout cross country and track season,” Mortensen said. “But (Saturday) I wanted to push as hard I could without being in pain so I pushed for my first 100 meters and didn’t have any pain. I kept going hard after that and it turned out nice.”
Fruita Monument won the boys team race with 151 points. The Wildcats were led by discus throwers Tyler Church and Jaden Koos, who finished first and second, respectively.
Church threw 137 feet, 9 inches and Koos threw 133 feet, 5 inches.
“It was better than last week for us,” Fruita Monument coach Tom Goff said. “All the kids are coming along.”
The Grand Junction boys finished second with 121 points. The Tigers’ 400 relay team of Jerreon Dennis, Payton Glasoe, Josh Flint and Tyler Winter won in 44.48 seconds.
Aaron Wallway led Central, winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.