Slauson leads GJ, will run at state
Kelsey Slauson will be Grand Junction High School’s only runner going to next week’s state cross country championships after taking 11th place at Friday’s Class 5A Region 1 meet in Littleton.
Slauson finished with a time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds, which was 45 seconds behind the winner, Melissa Westhoff of Eaglecrest.
The Tigers’ Mary Steel finished 44th overall and Margeaux Prinster took 58th. The Grand Junction girls finished 10th with 253 points.
Arapahoe won the girls race with 52 points.
The Tigers’ boys team finished ninth with 223 points and had no runners qualify for the state meet.
Wyatt Colloty finished 19th and was the top runner for the Tigers. His time of 17:36 was only six seconds behind the final state qualifying time.
Kevin Martinez came in a few seconds later at 17:44 for 21st place. Ryan Melcchor finished 58th and Levi Hamer came in 61st.
Arapahoe High School’s Connor Winter won the boys race with a time of 16:11. Smoky Hill was the top team with 41 points.
Central clinched the Southwestern League title with a 3-1 win at Durango.
The Warriors came back from a 25-16 loss in the first game to beat the Demons in the next three sets, including a 26-24 victory in the third game.
Amy Kame led the Warriors with 16 kills and Ashley Wells had nine. Wells also led Central with four blocks.
Alyce Albright had 19 digs and was one of four players whose digs reached double digits. Kame had 15 and Haleigh Higgins and Wells had 14 each.
Wells finished with four aces and Mady Minzey recorded two.
Central (17-1, 9-0 SWL) will play its regular season finale today in Cortez.
Palisade finished its regular season with a 3-1 victory over Moffat County in Palisade.
The Bulldogs (14-5, 11-3 Western Slope League) lost the first game 25-27 but eventually found their rhythm to win the match.
Danette Whittington had 36 assists and 17 digs and Audrey Steinkirchner had 20 kills and four solo blocks.
Morgan Reynolds led Palisade with six aces, Steinkirchner contributed four and Shelby Bosch had one.