Kremmling " West Grand girls finish second at Clint Wells Invitational |

Kremmling " West Grand girls finish second at Clint Wells Invitational

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News
Kremmling, Colorado

Senior hurdler Danette Billington, turned in convincing wins in two hurdle races on Friday, April 24, to lead the West Grand Mustangs to a second-place team finish at the Clint Wells Invitational in Craig.

Strong, steady winds throughout the day hampered many performances, but Billington still was able to turn in excellent times.

In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished a full flight ahead of the second-place girl in 17.3 seconds, and her 49.8 in the 300-meter hurdle race was a season best.

Freshman Maddi Whitten showed that she is ready to make a big difference in the league meet this week by placing third in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300s. Whitten had personal best times in both races.

Brook Cecil and Melissa Kraker continued their dominance of the high jump by taking the top two places in the event, despite the wind. Cecil and Kraker were the only competitors to clear 4 feet 10 inches on the day and neither was successful at 5 feet.

Coach Cheryl Brown was able to experiment a bit with a few of the events and may have more flexibility in her use of the team members in the upcoming Class 2A league meet.

Cecil ran the open 200-meter race for the first time this season and finished third. Jessica Raecke and Melissa Kraker took fourth and fifth in the 800-meter run, and Brenda Heid had a season best in the discus with a throw of 84 feet, one inch for fourth place.


The hurdlers and AJ Silva in the 3200-meter run turned in the top performances. In the 110-meter high hurdles, Drew Klotz led through eight flights before hitting the final two hurdles and slipping to third place. His time of 17.01 was still the best he has had this season.

Klotz was third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles as well and, like the highs, had a season-best time. Sophomore Chase Hill has been making great strides in the intermediates and he finished in seventh place in that event on Friday.

Silva came from 10 meters back in the final 100 meters to edge the Battle Mountain 3200-meter runner for third place.

Pole vault meet

On Thursday, April 23, West Grand hosted the High Country Pole Vault meet. The meet featured vaulters from Battle Mountain, North Park and West Grand. In the girl’s vault, Cecil took second and Whitten finished in fourth place.

Rick Gamblin was the lone male vaulter to clear 11 feet. He made that height on his first attempt and the competition was halted at that point.

Silva finished third with a vault of 10-0 and Chase Hill was sixth with a season best 9-06. Freshman Luke Roderick also picked up a ribbon with a seventh place 7-06.

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