West Grand High School Track: Mustang season gets off the ground
April 14, 2009
The West Grand High School track and field team began its season last week with a make-up meet in Gypsum on Tuesday afternoon and the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
On Tuesday in Gypsum, the Mustang girls finished third in the 11-team competition and they tied for fifth among 18 teams on Saturday. The West Grand girls are on track to repeat as league and regional champions with good depth in all field events, in both hurdle races and in the relay events.
Danette Billington is leading all scorers with her high placing in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles as well as in the long jump. Her time of 17.04 seconds in the finals of the 100-meter hurdle race on Saturday was a personal best.
Billington teams with fellow senior Renea Ellison and juniors Jessica Raecke and Brook Cecil on a 4 x 400-meter relay team that placed in the top three at both meets.
Cecil won the high jump competition on Tuesday and placed second with a jump of 5 feet on Saturday. Melissa Kraker and Ellison offer quality depth in the high jump. Erin Beason and Ellison both placed in the triple jump and Becca Roller placed in both the shot and discus on Saturday. Rose Hargadine and Brenda Heid placed in the top eight in the discus event on Tuesday.
Senior hurdler Drew Klotz leads the boy’s team in the early going. His 17.01 for a fourth place in the finals of the 110-meter high hurdles on Saturday was a personal best.
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Rick Gamblin placed second in the pole vault Tuesday by clearing 11 feet. He was an eighth place finisher at the state meet in the pole vault last May. AJ Silva competed in his first pole vault competition last week and placed fifth out of 23 vaulters He also ran a personal best in the 3,200-meter race on Tuesday.
The boy’s team is young, but the early meets give reason for optimism, according to coach Joe Shields. Freshman and sophomores who will be counted on for points at the league meet include Travis Gore in the 400-meter, high jump and triple jump events, Chase Hill in the 400 meters, pole vault and long jump, Kris Gregory in the 3,200-meter run, Luke Roderick in the pole vault and Zach Ehrens in the throwing events and the 400 meter race.