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West Grand sends 16 to state track

Larry Banman
Sports Correspondent Sky-Hi News

West Grand High School will be sending 10 boys and six girls to the state track meet after a strong showing at the Western Slope League track meet held in Grand Junction on May 10.

The Lady Mustangs finished second to Paonia while the boys team finished in fourth place. Paonia also won the boys league competition.

West Grand’s Tabor Scholl led the way in points as she won four races, three in Western Slope record time. The freshman girl won the 400-meter (58.90), 800-meter (2:18.99), 1600-meter (5:09.14) and 3200-meter (11:49.07) races. She set league records in the three longer races and established a personal best time in the 400-meter race.

Scholl qualified for the state track meet in all four races, but will not compete in the 400-meter race due to its proximity in the schedule to the 1600-meter race.

Anna Cunico provided the other first place for West Grand girls with a personal-best height of 7′ 9″.

Five Mustangs girls placed in all four of their events. Those results were posted by Chyenne Sims (100-meter hurdles; 300-meter hurdles; 4 x 100-meter relay; 4 x 400-meter relay); Laura Billington (100-meter hurdles; pole vault; 800-meter sprint relay; 4 x 200-meter relay); Kristina Ekren (high jump; 100-meter hurdles; 300-meter hurdles; 4 x 200-meter relay); Carly Reynolds (triple jump; discus; 4 x 100-meter hurdles; 800-meter sprint relay); and Bailey Amundson (100-meter dash; high jump; 4 x 100-meter relay; 4 x 200-meter relay).

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The West Grand coaching staff praised the team effort in the relay events. All five relays placed and earned points in the meet and 14 different girls helped in that effort.

Cunico, Sarah Vance, Sky LePage and Celeste Setliff finished fourth in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a time of 13:13.9. The 4 x 100-meter relay team set a season best time of 53.71 to earn fourth place and qualify for the state track meet. That team this past weekend was comprised of Sims, Reynolds, Amundson and Erica Lucas.

The 4 x 200-meter relay team of Sims, Billington, Ekren and Amundson also finished in fourth place with a time of 1:56.71. In the 800-meter sprint medley, Billington ran anchor in the 400-meter leg in a personal record time to help that team earn fourth place with a time of 2:04.78. Joining her were Reynolds, Shannon Roller and Payton Coleman.

The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Kaitlyn Adams, Shannon Roller, Iris Melendez and Coleman ran a time of 5:06.68 to earn another fourth-place finish.

For the girls, personal records were set by Payton Coleman in the triple jump; Bibiana Stubbs in the triple jump; Lucas in the 100-meter hurdles (prelims), Sims in the 100-meter hurdles (finals) and the 300-meter hurdles (prelims).

Boys results

On the boys side of the ledger, senior Travis Gore placed first in the 110-meter high hurdles and anchored the winning 4 x 100-meter relay team to a winning effort. Joined by Nick Ritschard, Reno Davidson and Casey Gore, Travis Gore anchored the team to beat the relay team from Meeker for the first time this season.

There were three second-place finishes, Travis Gore in the pole vault (personal best of 12′ 1″), Davidson in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (45.52) and the 4 x 200-meter team of Ritschard, Coleman Springer, Casey Gore and Travis Gore).

In addition to Travis Gore, who placed in all four of his events, Ritschard (110-meter high hurdles, pole vault, 4 x 100-meter relay, 4 x 200-meter relay) and Davidson (300-meter intermediate hurdles, high jump, 4 x 100-meter relay, 4 x 400-meter relay) also earned points in four events.

In addition to the 4 x 100-meter (first) and 4 x 200-meter (second) relay teams, the 4 x 800 meter team (9:33.21) finished in fourth place and the 4 x 400-meter team (3:51.11) finished in fifth place. Those teams were composed of Nehemiah Seltzer, Landon Snieder, Springer and Cody Volt (4 x 800-meter) and Seltzer, Will Elliott, Davidson and Springer (4 x 400-meter). The members of these teams all ran personal bests for their splits to start and finish the meet with great effort.

That effort displayed by those two teams was symbolic of the effort of the whole team for the entire weekend, according to the coaching staff.

Personal records were set by Travis Gore in the pole vault, Ritschard in the pole vault (11′ 1″), Davidson in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (45.52), Kris Gregory in the 1600-meter run (4:56.38), Michael Lengel in the 1600-meter run (6:07.21) and Cody Volt in the 800-meter run (2:15.88).

State qualifiers for the girls team include the following: 4 x 100-meter relay (Sims, Lucas, Reynolds, Amundson, Billington-alternate); Sims – 100-meter hurdles; Adams – discus; Lucas

– 100-meter hurdles, pole vault; Billington – pole vault; Krysten Garcia – pole vault; Ekren – high jump; Cunico – pole vault; Scholl – 400-meter, 800-meter, 1600-meter, 3200-meter.

For the boys, the state qualifiers include: 4 x 100-meter relay (Travis Gore, Casey Gore, Ritschard, Davidson, Springer-alternate); 4 x 200-meter relay (Travis Gore, Casey Gore, Ritschard, Springer, Davidson-alternate); Travis Gore – pole vault, 110-meter high hurdles; Luke Roderick – pole vault; Ritschard – pole vault; Casey Gore – pole vault, high jump; Davidson – high jump.

The all-classification state competition is being held May 17-19 at Jefferson County Stadium in Denver.

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