As veterans on the track and leaders of the Grand Junction High School boys track team, Kade Christensen and Colin Morrison do quite a bit. They're used to that workload.

At the Frank Woodburn Invitational on Saturday at Stocker Stadium, they added an unexpected task to that load: the 400-meter dash, an event neither Christensen nor Morrison are used to.

Up their alley? No. Potentially productive in the long term? Yes.

"It's our first time doing it," Christensen said. "We're mostly doing it for a workout. This is a kind of smaller meet. We're trying to prepare ourselves for the Denver meets we have coming up for better endurance."

The two Tigers weren't the biggest fans of the event, even though Morrison finished first, ahead of teammate Ky Oday.

After starting the race quickly but fading down the stretch, Christensen crossed the finish line, caught his breath, turned to his teammates, laughed and said, "Never again. Never again."

Not that it was a bad day for Christensen or Morrison. The former won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the latter added to his 400 win with victories in the 110 hurdles and high jump.

Although Morrison continues winning events for Grand Junction, he still sees room for growth, especially when it comes to hurdles.

"My start hasn't been too good with getting out of the blocks and everything," Morrison said. "I would have to say it's the help of my coach. He does video recordings of me and I can critique that. We watch some film. We have a new timing setup that's been a huge help getting to that first hurdle."

Morrison and Christensen's victories, along with Austin Hille's win in the triple jump, nearly propelled the Tigers to a first-place team finish with 113.5 points, but they finished half a point behind Fruita Monument.

The Wildcats were led by Bryce Boggs, who won the 3,200-meter run, and Cason Gisner, who won the long jump, finished second in the triple jump and 200, and was third in the 100.

Fruita also got a boost by winning the 3,200 relay.

Central finished third as David Cardenas won the 800-meter run and Corben Miller took first in the discus.

"I treated it like practice, trying to focus on an audience of one, focusing on God, and really sent it," Miller said.

Miller, along with Delta's Guage Lockhart (who also won the shot put) finished ahead of Palisade's Carl Cox in the discus, but the Bulldog has already set several personal records this season.

He believes he simply had an off day.

"This week, I didn't do so good," Cox said. "I didn't throw very far or know what was going on. I gave it my best shot. Gotta take care of mental stuff and prepare to go to work."


Fruita Monument's girls also came out on top in the meet, finishing with 110.5 points to run away with the title.

Montrose was second with 81 points.

One of the catalysts for Fruita's success on Saturday, as has been the case all spring, was Aiga Petelo.

Petelo won the discus with a throw of 113 feet, 7 inches, 6 inches farther than Grand Junction's Kenzie Younker. Petelo also finished second in the shot put behind Montrose's Keli Drye.

Despite earning another win, she isn't satisfied.

"I'm glad to be where I am and consistent with where I was last year, but I still have a lot of room to improve," Petelo said. "I'm not very satisfied with my performance yet. I have a long way to go."

Fruita's dominance was on full display in the 3,200 run, as Wildcats Jadyn Heil, Ashlynn Squires and Mekenzie Clark finished 1-2-3.

Palisade freshman Gabrielle Horton continued to be a valuable runner for the Bulldogs.

After competing in earlier heats in various races so far this season, she saw some action in the final heat of her races, winning the 300 hurdles.

"I've just always wanted to do it," Horton said. "Hurdles are my passion."

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