The highest Rock: Nelson Rock wants to top brother’s high jump mark

Photo by Dean Humphrey—Grand Junction’s Nelson Rock cleared 6 feet in the high jump Friday, good enough for second place at the Tiger Invitational.



Nelson Rock would love nothing more than to beat his brother’s best result and qualify for state in the high jump.

The Grand Junction High School junior has come close, but is still a couple of inches short.

Rock came close to winning the Tiger Invitational on Friday at Stocker Stadium, finishing second to Horizon’s Seth Hamilton with a jump of 6 feet. Hamilton took first by clearing 6-2. The meet continues at 8:30 a.m. today at Stocker Stadium.

“It’s not very good for me,” Rock said. “My personal record is 6-2. My mark was off today. I couldn’t find a good mark.

“I jumped too close to the bar.”

He is on the fringe of qualifying for the Class 5A state track meet in two weeks.

Rock isn’t only trying to qualify for state, but jump higher than his oldest brother, Crosby.

Crosby Rock jumped 6-4, Nelson Rock said.

“That’s why I do track, so I can beat Crosby,” the younger Rock said. “I would like to beat my dad, but he got 6-9 his freshman year in college.”

Rock participates in the triple jump as well, but hasn’t competed in the event for a few weeks.

“I want to excel in the high jump,” Rock said. “Plus, I usually hurt myself in the triple jump.

“My goal is to qualify for state. I wasn’t good at it until this year.”

Second-place finishes were popular among teams from the valley.

Palisade’s Nick Stephanus placed second in the discus with a throw of 160-7.

Palisade’s Olevia Shafer posted the second best triple jump of the meet with a leap of 35-1.

Shafer had the best jump in qualifying, but Horizon’s Chelsie Overocker jumped 11⁄4 inches farther in the finals.

Shafer, a junior, had to run in the 400-meter run before her final jump. She came back and did her final jump, leaping 35-3⁄4.

“It was really difficult; I was so tired,” Shafer said. “I’m pretty sure I got a new pr (personal record) in my 400.

“It was tough especially when it was one inch. Knowing I can do that was stressful.”

Shafer tweaked her right knee on her final jump as well.

“I had a torn MCL during basketball,” she said. “Coming into track season, I was still recovering and wore a brace. Now, I think I just stressed it.

“It’s disappointing, but I’ll be fine.”

Central’s Jamie Pomaski placed fourth in the shot put (34-11).

Montrose 3,200-meter relay of Allison Martin, Emily Simpson, Brooke Tobler and Tess Skoe broke a school record to win the girls relay event in 10:00.93. The Montrose boys 3,200 relay took second place behind Ralston Valley with a time of 8:25.44.

“We were running for Jaycee (Taylor),” Martin said. “She had the fastest leg for us last year at state. She’s an amazing runner. We want her out there.”

Taylor, who was there in support, is out with bursitis in her hips.

“They mean a lot to me,” Taylor said. “They are so nice.”


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