High school tracksters chase league titles
Track and field athletes from the region headed to Grand Junction this week for the annual Western Slope League Championships.
Basalt and Aspen high schools competed in the Class 3A league meet, with athletes still searching for state-qualifying times and marks.
The Longhorns and Skiers won a number of honors at the league meet, including league titles for a pair of Longhorns.
Basalt’s Hunter Ash won the girls 100-meter hurdles title at the meet (16.22). She’s ranked among the best in Class 3A statewide heading to the State Track and Field Championships in Lakewood next week.
Ash edged Amber Bowles of Coal Ridge for first place.
Ash also finished fourth in the girls high jump (4-10) in Grand Junction. And she was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles.
Zach Walsh of Basalt also won a league championship when he took first place in the boys 3,200-meter run in 10:17.12. He beat Noah Crisler of Coal Ridge a two-and-a-half seconds.
Walsh also raced to a third-place finish in the boys 800 meters at the league meet. He was timed in 2:04.55. The 800 was won by Brenden Klaseen of Cedaredge in 2:03.63.
Kade Cheatham of Basalt placed in multiple events in Grand Junction. He finished second in the boys discus (122-6).
The event was won by Austin Williams of Cedaredge with a throw of 155-8.
Cheatham also finished third in the boys triple jump. He went 39-61/4.
Trevor Kelly of Coal Ridge won with a jump of 40 feet, 5 inches.
Caleb Rewinkle of the Longhorns added a fifth-place finish in the boys long jump. He went 19-31/2.
Coal Ridge’s Kelly won at 20-01. Kelly also won the 110-meter hurdles ahead of teammate Andy Bowles. They were timed in 15.12 and 15.18, respectively.
Bowles also won the high jump at 6-6. The Coal Ridge high jumper cleared 7-0 earlier this season, the best prep jump in the state thus far this year.
Basalt’s Ivano Del Picolo finished third in the high hurdles just behind the Coal Ridge duo.
Del Piccolo also played fifth in the high jump (5-6) at the conference meet in Grand Junction.
Hailey Swirbul of Basalt, who won a pair of national titles in cross country skiing this season, finished fourth in the girls 1,600-meter run (5:51.70).
Senior Ryley Sutton led the Aspen High School track contingent in Grand Junction.
She placed third in the 3200 in 12:19.75.
Emily Womble of Moffat County (Craig) won the race in 12:10.88. Nellie Freeman of Cedaredge finished second (12:12.01).
Sutton also raced to a fifth-place finish in the girls 1600. She finished in 5:53.29.
The Aspen girls 4×800 relay team placed third in Grand Junction.
The team included Dara Schenck, Ryley Sutton, Tierney Sutton and McKenna Woodrow.
Basalt’s 4×800 team was next in fourth place led by Savy Cheatham, Isabella Magidson, Monica Maldonado and Devin Williams.
Aspen High School’s Sunday Abarca picked up a third-place finish for the Skiers in the boys 200-meter dash (22.99).
The race was won by Chris Contreras of Coal Ridge (22.86), who also won the 100 and 400 titles in Grand Junction.
Results reported were unofficial and subject to appeal.
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