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Severy beats big school runners

Aspen Times Staff Report

GRAND JUNCTION – Aspen High School students are running off to the annual experiential education sessions this week.

But AHS junior Jon Severy took a detour on the way to his week of ex-ed in the Grand Tetons. Severy ran off to Grand Junction and the Tiger Invitational on Saturday.

The Class 3A state cross country champion picked up two more track titles when he won the 3200 and the 1600 at the annual track fest at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium.

And in the process, Severy was named the co-male athlete of the meet after shattering the meet record in the 3200 and doubling to win the 1600.

Severy won the 3200 on Saturday morning in 9:34.9, breaking the meet record of 9:40.0 set in 1988 by Alex Accetta of Durango.

Severy topped a star-studded field in the 3200, finishing ahead of second-place Austin Vigil and third-place Mike Weddell of Glenwood Springs.

A few hours later Severy pulled away from the field on the third of four laps in the 1600. Again Vigil finished second. Severy was timed in 4:26.25 with Vigil second in 4:34.34.

Severy shared performer of the meet honors with Daniel Gonzales of Grand Junction, who won the 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. He also finished second to Rifle’s Corky Stark in the 100.

Gonzales, a senior, is headed to the University of Colorado next fall to play football.

Elizabeth Mitchell led the Aspen girls at the Tiger Invitational, a meet that traditionally attracts top competitors from 4A and 5A schools as well as 3A and 2A schools.

Mitchell finished fifth in the 3200 at Grand Junction (12:05.58). Defending Class 4A state champion Natalie Hughes of Palisade won the race in 11:20.90. Tia Babble of Fruita Monument was second, just three seconds back.

Grand Junction dominated to win the girls team title with 157 points.

Hotchkiss was second with Central and Moffat County tied for third. Glenwood Springs, led by a bevy of top freshmen, was sixth in the girls meet.

Grand Junction also won the boys team title (131.5 points). Second went to Fruita Monument with Delta third and Palisade fourth. Glenwood Springs finished fifth.

Jumper Jacob Benson of Glenwood Springs was a double winner. He won the high jump at 6-4. He doubled to win the long jump at 21-4 1/2.

Brittany Edmonds of Grand Junction Central was the top female athlete of the meet. She won the triple jump, the long jump and 100 hurdles.

And she was fourth in the high jump.


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