Basalt’s Zach Walsh wins Rifle distance events
The Aspen Times
Basalt High School runner Zach Walsh is off to more than a fast start.
Walsh, a senior, won both distance events at the annual Rifle Invitational track meet last week — the inaugural prep track event of the season.
Walsh, a four-year qualifier to the State Cross Country Championships, put an early stamp on the track season when he doubled up to win 1,600- and the 3,200-meter races at Rifle.
He ran 4 minutes, 35.07 seconds in the 1,600 to edge Rifle’s Brendan Wagler (4:35.98). They competed against each other throughout the cross country season last fall.
Allen Adair of Grand Junction High School was third.
Walsh won the 3,200 in 10:04.27. Rifle’s Wagler was second in 10:06.96.
Jared Leblow of Grand Junction Central finished third.
While Walsh paced the Basalt boys, they also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash by Oswaldo Sosa (24.33).
Jake Schiesser finished fifth in the long jump for the Longhorns and head coach Ben Blaeser. He jumped 18 feet, 10.75 inches.
The Basalt 3,2000-meter relay team finished sixth behind Roman Ceja, Pablo Rivera, Josue Vigil and Cullen White.
The BHS 800-meter relay team also finished sixth. It included Daniel Arroyos, Ian Lumsden, Pedro Rivera and Kyle Roberts.
Basalt’s Lumsden also added a seventh in the 400-meter dash. River added a seventh in the 800.
The BHS 1,600-meter relay team was eighth with Lumsden, Pedro Rivera, Roberts and White.
For the Basalt girls, Kaylin Williams finished third in the high jump. The freshman cleared 4 feet, 8 inches.
Freshman Morgan Ash finished fourth.
Basalt’s 400-meter relay team finished fourth behind Michell Cabrera, Morgan Ash, Kalissa Stump and Jazmin Contreras.
Oriah Clarke was sixth in the discus for the Longhorns.
Ash also finished sixth in the 300 hurdles at Rifle. And she also finished eighth in the 100 hurdles.
The BHS girls 1,600-meter relay team was sixth. They included Nicole Alvarado, Violet Lepe, Isabella Magidson and Becca White.
The 3,200-meter team finished seventh for Basalt with Stephanie Anglin, Isabella Magidson, Stephanie Nevarez and Carly Robinson
Basalt also collected points from a seventh-place finish in the 800 sprint medley relay. The Longhorns included Nicole Alvarado, Yessica Garcia, Violet Lepe and Patricia Petit-Blair.
The BHS 800-meter relay team of Carsyn Knotts, Patricia Petit-Blair, Becca White and Mackenzie Bauer finished eighth.
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