Kremmling " Five West Grand athletes win medals at state |

Kremmling " Five West Grand athletes win medals at state

The 2009 Colorado high school track and field season came to an end this past Saturday with the finals of the all-classification state meet held at Jefferson County Stadium.

Five of the seven West Grand athletes who had qualified to compete in the three-day meet came home with medals.

– Senior hurdler Danette Billington placed in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle finals with a season best 16.98 seconds in the 100-meter prelims. With that, she completed a very successful high school career.

Billington has led the girls team in scoring for three consecutive years and, along with Renea Ellison, they have been key to four years of very successful track and field accomplishments.

Additionally, coach Joe Shields said, the track coaches and track team will miss the services of Rose Hargadine, Becca Roller and Leah Roderick who will be graduating this spring.

– AJ Silva and Rick Gamblin, both seniors, placed sixth and seventh in the pole vault competition. This marked the second year that Rick has earned a medal in the vault at the state meet. Silva began his vaulting last summer and made significant progress in a short time.

The track program will miss the contributions of Silva, Gamblin, Drew Klotz, Sky Handyside and Cory Burr, as all will be graduating. Klotz led the boy’s team in scoring for the 2009 season.

– The team’s high jumpers, Brook Cecil and Melissa Kraker, competed quite well in the finals on Saturday afternoon. Both girls cleared a height of 5 feet, 1 inch and finished fifth and sixth overall. Cecil also took seventh place in the pole vault competition on Friday. She has earned a medal at the state finals for three consecutive years.