Soaring: Wilson sets personal best in triple jump to qualify for state
Keatton Wilson jumped so far, officials needed to use a tape measure instead of the rail.
That’s not so much unusual as it was a surprise that officials needed to use the tape measure to mark Wilson’s triple jump.
“It was crazy,” Wilson said. “The measure rail wasn’t long enough so they had to use the tape to measure it from the 28-foot board.”
The 6-foot-7 Olathe High School senior jumped a personal-record 40 feet, 21⁄2 inches Thursday to place third in the Class 3A Regional track meet at Stocker Stadium and qualify for state next week for the first time in the event. The top three individuals plus any pre-qualifiers advance to state.
Middle Park leads the boys team race with 42 points. Coal Ridge is second with 33 and Gunnison is third with 32. Hotchkiss is fourth with 23. Middle Park leads the girls team race with 69 points. Gunnison is second with 43, Grand Valley is third with 27 and Cedaredge is fourth with 26.
Coal Ridge’s Brandon Schlegel took first place in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 51⁄4 inches. Ben Shipman of Middle Park placed second with a jump of 40-63⁄4 and Patrick Sullivan of Hotchkiss was fourth (40-11⁄4).
Wilson’s previous personal record was 37-1.
“I was hoping for a high 38,” Wilson said. “Forty feet surprised me. I’ll take it if they give it to me.”
He qualified for state in the 3,200-meter relay two years ago, but hadn’t qualified for state in an individual event until now.
“I like going as an individual,” Wilson said. “I feel like I’ve excelled.”
Wilson will attempt to qualify for state in the 110 hurdles today. He qualified fourth in Thursday’s preliminary race.
Jheri Gates set a personal record to win the Class 3A regional high jump title with a jump of 5 feet, 4 inches.
“I’m really excited,” Gates said. “I’ve been thinking about this all season.”
The Cedaredge High School senior hopes to clear 5-6 at state and break a 22-year-old school record in the process.
Gates had a high jump of 5-3 last year to qualify for state, where she jumped 5-2 and placed sixth.
“I started the high jump my freshman year (in Las Vegas), but we didn’t have a high jump coach,” Gates said. “Here, I have a great coach in Coach (Mike) Morgan. He’s helped me to jump six inches higher.”
Gates moved to Cedaredge from Las Vegas between her freshman and sophomore year of high school.
Johanna Reed easily won the girls 1,600-meter run and led Paonia’s 3,200 relay team to a first-place finish in the regional meet at Stocker Stadium.
The Eagles lead the girls race with 35 points. West Grand is second with 25.5 and Mancos is third with 18. Soroco leads the boys with 42 points. Mancos is second with 30 and Ignacio is third with 23.
Reed ran away with the girls 1,600 regional title in 5 minutes, 11.99 seconds. The relay team took first in 10:03.64.
Dolores’ relay team of Rachel Beverlin, Candace Powell, Alex Willis and Michelle Kline smashed a school record to take second (10:16.48).
Paonia’s Jordyn Rienks took second in the discus to qualify for state. Norwood’s Mollie Lane won the discus regional title with a throw of 121-05.
Meeker’s Kathryn Doll won the triple jump (35-0).
Paonia’s boys 3,200 relay team took first (8:39.88) to qualify.
Plateau Valley’s Chase Langely took second in the high jump (6-0) and Norwood’s Ty Williams placed second in the 1,600 (4:40.89) to qualify for state.