Success in 200 helps ‘Dogs win WSL title
It came down to one race Saturday for the Palisade High School boys track team Saturday in the Class 4A Western Slope League meet.
The Bulldogs finished first, second and seventh in the finals of the 200-meter dash to jump ahead of perennial contender Glenwood Springs and win the team title at Stocker Stadium.
Palisade finished with 147.5 team points to the Demons’ 143 points.
“Glenwood is like the Yankees of Western Slope track,” Palisade track coach Tim Reetz said. “They are always in it, their kids are always quality, and they don’t choke, so to say we actually beat them feels really good.”
In the deciding race, the Bulldogs’ Rasjon Buford came from an outside lane to win in 23.31 seconds. Buford inched out teammate Jacques Broussard, who finished second in 23.49. Andrew Buck finished seventh in 24.06.
“I felt like I was going to be first,” Broussard said. “But when I saw Rasjon I was happy because we were both there pushing it, and we both did our thing together.”
Buford topped his personal record by 4-tenths of a second.
“Rasjon has been working so hard to try and get that time down,” Reetz said. “I couldn’t be prouder of him, and without him we don’t win the meet.”
The Bulldogs won five events, including Tanner Smith winning the discus with a toss of 148 feet, 8 inches.
Palisade’s girls finished third with 123 points. Olevia Shafer scored 38 points herself over the two days, notching wins in the triple jump, long jump and 400-meter dash.
Palisade’s Destany Lee won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.19.
Grand Junction’s boys won the SWL meet with 125 points. The Tigers’ Payton Glasoe won the 100-meter dash with a personal record 11.27.
“I knew I could run that well,” Glasoe said. “I had two fast kids next to me and that helped push me.”
Central pulled in an upset in the 400-meter relay, winning the event for the first time this season. The Warriors’ team of Chance Sidebottom, Daniel Moore, Aaron Wallway and Alec Rupe crossed in 43.63.
Rupe also won the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 5.25 inches.
Fruita Monument’s Tyler Church improved his season best in the discus by three inches, winning with a throw of 147 feet, 11 inches.
Durango won the girls meet with 123 points. The Tigers were second with 118.5 points.
Grand Junction’s Sabrina Trujillo won the triple jump with a leap of 34 feet, 8 inches.
Class 3A WSL
Cedaredge’s Sierra Williams swept the sprinting events, winning the 100 meters in 12.49, the 200 in 25.87 and the 400 in 57.84.
Williams, a junior, was ranked in the top three in the state in each event entering the meet, and was happy just to escape this weekend healthy.
Williams was ranked first in the 100 last season, but hurt her left hip flexor at the league meet and finished fourth at state.
“The week before the state meet I was in the emergency room last year,” Williams said. “I’m excited to be going in healthy this year, and will do my best.”
Williams’ solid day helped the Bruins win the 3A WSL girls meet with 157 team points. They edged Gunnison, which scored 154 points.
Gunnison won the boys meet with 155 points and Rifle finished second with 147.5 points. Taylor Webb led the Bears, winning the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Webb finished in 15.86 in the 110 and 41.17 in the 300.
Class 2A WSL
Paonia was led by Steven Voight, who won the 400-meter dash in 51.84 and finished second in the 100 in 11.31.
“We come down here the last week of the season and the kids run really well,” Paonia coach Brian Mitchem said. “We get down to a little lower elevation, it’s a good track meet and the kids are ready to perform.”
The Paonia girls were led by Chelsey Reed, who finished first in the 800-meter run in 2:24.18.
Paonia won the boys meet with 160 points and the girls with 182 points.
The top 18 rankings in Class 5A through Class 2A and the top nine in Class 1A will be finalized today. The heat sheets for the state track meet at Jeffco Stadium will be released Monday.