Wallway one of four Warriors headed to state track meet
It’s down to the cream of the crop.
Sunday, the state track and field rankings were finalized for the top 18 athletes in each event for classes 5A-2A and the top nine athletes in Class 1A, all of whom advance to the state track and field championships beginning Thursday at Jeffco Stadium.
Central has four athletes in the Class 5A field. Warriors’ hurdler Aaron Wallway qualified in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Wallway is ranked fifth in the 110 hurdles in 14.97 seconds and ninth in the 300 hurdles in 39.59.
In the field events, Amanda Chaffin qualified in the high jump, Brailyn Reddick in the shot put, and Alec Rupe in the long jump.
“Their ultimate goal is to make it to the state tournament,” Central coach Lanton Kame said. “They are totally elated to be there.”
Fruita Monument qualified its boys 800-meter relay team 17th with a best time of 1:30.23.
Tyler Church and Jaden Koos qualified in the discus. Church finished 10th with a throw of 147 feet, 11 inches, and Koos finished 14th with a throw of 145-1.
Keila Utu qualified in the shot put.
Grand Junction has its most athletes in field events. On the boys side, high jumper Nelson Rock enters state ranked fifth at 6-4.
Long jumper Ian Chaffee qualified 12th in the long jump with a jump of 21-8. Colten Deters qualified in the shot put.
On the girls side, Sarah Versluis and Whitney Jackson both qualified in the long jump.
Stephanie Ryken qualified in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
Ryken is also a member of the Tigers’ 400 and 800-meter relay teams, which both qualified for state. The 400 relay finished 16th with a 50.02 and the 800 relay finished 13th with a 1:44.79.
In Class 4A, Olevia Shafer leads Palisade to the state meet by qualifying in the triple jump and long jump. The Bulldogs also qualified Collin Girardi seventh in the 110 hurdles and Sean Dunn 14th in 300 hurdles. Kane Gunther qualified in the high jump and Tanner Smith and Savannah Hanson both made the top 18 in the discus.
“Every person that’s going has a chance to make the finals and do well,” Palisade coach Tim Reetz said. “Everyone is focused and we aren’t taking anyone that doesn’t have a chance.”