Coal Ridge Girls Win State Track 3A Championship; Glenwood’s Uyehara takes bronze in 110 hurdles
After day two of the Colorado state track competition on Friday, the girls from Coal Ridge held a seven-and-a-half point lead over their valley neighbors, Basalt, atop 3A. Shortly after the last day of competition on Saturday at JeffCo Stadium in Lakewood, Coal Ridge increased that score exponentially, winning the Women’s 3A Tag Team Title.
It was the first track title for Coal Ridge High School and the first Garfield County High School track team to win a state title since the Glenwood Springs Girls in 1994.
Coal Ridge junior Peyton Garrison started Saturday by winning the 100-meter title in 12.38 seconds. Garrison would return just over an hour later to win the 400-meter in 56.23 and the 200-meter title in 25.02.
In no time, Garrison had accomplished the rare feat of winning the triple crown in the sprint events in the state track and field competition. In doing so, she alone contributed 30 points to the Lady Titans’ race to the school’s first state title.
The Coal Ridge girls added more points to their state championship performance with junior Mikayla Cheney second in the 1600 girls in a time of 5: 04.29. Cheney was beaten by Basalt junior Katelyn Maley for the title. His winning time was 5: 01.10. Maley was fortunate enough to win his own gold after losing to Cheney in the 800m on Friday.
Meanwhile, Furman University commits, Basalt senior Sierra Bower placed sixth in the same race in a time of 5:09. Maley and Bower helped the Longhorns to place fourth in the women’s team overall standings with 56.50 points.
On discus, Coal Ridge eldest Taylor Wiescamp threw 115.06 to end her state campaign with a bronze medal.
The Lady Titans have accumulated more points in their relay and field events. The 4 × 100 relay (Jackie Camunez, Raeanna Nelson, Phoebe Young and Railey Largent) placed second with a time of 51.15, and Natalie Smythe, Cheney, Camunez and Garrison won gold in the 4 × 400 to completely secure the team title with 111 points in total.
In the 3A boys competition, Rulbe Alvarado of Basalt put his talent in the spotlight in the 400 and 200. He placed second in the 400 with a time of 50.02 and ninth in the 200 in 23.00.
The boys from Coal Ridge were successful in their relay finals. The 4 × 100 meters (Jack Price, Moises Contreras, Eddie Salazar and Omar Vergara) placed fifth and the 4 × 400 relay (Price, James Webber, Contreras, Christian Vasquez) placed eighth.
Moffat County hurdles duo Logan Hafey and Ian Hafey placed first and fifth respectively in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles. The Bulldogs also won points over Evan Atkin and Ian Trevenen in the high jump. They placed third and eighth respectively.
In the 4A standings, Glenwood Springs senior Taber Uyehara ended his high school track career in both hurdles, placing third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.29) and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (40.67). ).
Uyehara also contributed to the Demons 4 × 400-meter team with Brian Delgado, William Berkheimer and Ale Angeles, who placed eighth with a time of 3: 28.56.
Samantha Blair of Eagle Valley placed seventh in 1,600 girls with a time of 5: 03.39.
In the women’s 2A standings, Grand Valley senior Alex Mendoza placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (48.73) and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.81).