Quick times at Coal Ridge High
Coal Ridge’s men’s and women’s teams won their respective divisions to crown themselves 3A multi-league champions at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Friday.
To add icing on the cake, Titans head coach Ben Kirk was named “Top Coach for Division 3A of the Western Slope and Southwestern Track League Championships.”
Pretty much every women’s event had an individual or a Coal Ridge relay team that either took the top spot or made the top three. They ended the scorching day of action with a total of 10 top spots, which lifted them to 239 points per team.
To put it in perspective, Moffat County scored 139 points to finish second in the team.
The Titans ‘prosperity in the boys’ division came from grinding for a plethora of silver and bronze finishes. Although Coal Ridge won three gold medals in total, their three second, five third and even four fourth places added up 167.5 team points.
Moffat County was second for the boys, scoring 149 points. Rifle came in a respectable third place, collecting 144 points.
On the girls’ side, junior Peyton Garrison won three individual gold medals in the short sprint events.
She would win first in the 100 meters by finishing the race in 12.29 seconds. Keeping up with the pace in the 200 meters, his finish in 25.36 seconds earned him his second first place of the day. She finished the day in her individual performances with a time of 57.46 seconds in the 400 meters.
Titans junior Lydia Karren herself had a phenomenal performance in the 300-meter hurdles, taking first place in 50.38 seconds. She had passed her senior teammate Raeanna Nelson, who finished second in 54.98 seconds.
In the field events, Titans senior Marin Simons took first place in the high jump via a height of 5-2.
Her senior teammate Phoebe young, who competed in the multi-league championship pole vault held at Coal Ridge earlier this week, climbed to the top spot by 10-04 inches.
Finally, junior Natalie Smythe managed the triple jump. His 33-11.25 was good for the first place.
But perhaps the biggest feather in the Titans’ cap came from their relay events.
The 4 × 100 team finished with a time of 52.59 seconds for first place. Then the 4 × 200 relay team came back and clinched another gold medal with a result of 1: 50.27. Not to be outdone, the Titans 4 × 400 relay team took first place with a time of 4: 07.31.
The Titans’ 800 sprint IMT capped the dominance with a lead of 1: 53.39.
On the boys’ side, the Titans finished better in the triple jump, pole vault and 4x200m relay.
The Titans’ 4 × 200-meter relay team clocked a 1: 324.15 for first place. Meanwhile, senior Shayne Sandblom won the pole vault via 11-04.5.
Finally, Titans junior Eddie Salazar took first place in the triple jump with a 38-03.75.
Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork and Grand Valley also put in some outstanding performances in the Multi-League Championship.
Rifle, one of the other Garfield County teams competing in Division 3A, didn’t see too much gold, but they won their fair share of silver and bronze.
On the boys’ side, the 4 × 100-meter relay team took first place with a score of 45.36.
From there, the boys were responsible for amassing eight second, two third and five fourth places during the day.
The Rifle Girls’ major triumph came in the 800 sprint medley relay, earning third place with a time of 2: 01.97.
THE ROARING FORK VALLEY
For Roaring Fork Valley, the boys took seventh place overall with a score of 40, while the girls took eighth place overall with 19 points.
Senior Lily Nieslanik triumphed in the women’s long jump, winning a 16-09.50 for first place.
For the boys, Ross Barlow took first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2: 06.37. The boys also won gold in the 4 × 800-meter relay after setting a time of 8: 48.47.
In the 4A Western Slope League, Glenwood Springs took third place in the men’s division with a score of 96. In the women’s division, the Demons placed sixth with 51 points.
The main highlights for the boys came from senior Brian Delgado, who clinched first place in the 400 meters with a final time of 51.09.
Senior Taber Uyehara also triumphed in the 110-meter hurdles, taking first place with a time of 16.65. The Speed Demon then clinched their second gold medal of the day with a 41.44 in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Demons won their last first place of the day in the 4 × 400 meter relay with a time of 3: 33.16.
The biggest honors the demons have won in the women’s division have come mostly from individual events.
Senior Sophia Vigil won first place in the 300 meters hurdles with a time of 48.20. She also took third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.87.
Meanwhile, junior Ella Johnson’s 11: 19.7 in the 3,200-meter race was good for third place.
The women’s 4 × 400 relay team ended the day with a third place with a time of 4: 14.45.
In 1A-2A Western Slope League, the boys from Grand Valley took third place overall with a team score of 74.5, while the girls finished 11th overall with 23 points.
Big triumphs for the girls started with senior Alex Mendoza. His time of 16.7 in the 100-meter hurdles was good for a second place finish. She then won second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 49.68.
The biggest victory for the Cardinals boys came in the relay events. Grand Valley took first place in the 4 × 800m relay with a time of 9: 04.58.
The boys also collected four second, two third and fourth places to end the day.
Of those second places, senior Tyler Boger took two – in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles.
Next, runners prepare for the Colorado State Championships June 24-26 in Lakewood.
Journalist Ray K. Erku can be contacted at 612-423-5273 or [email protected]