Scholl leads Mustangs with two wins at state |

Scholl leads Mustangs with two wins at state

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi News Sports Correspondent

Tabor Scholl, West Grand High School distance runner, capped a remarkable track season, with two wins and a second-place finish at the Colorado Class 2A state track meet this past weekend.

The freshman trackster not only won the 800-meter and 1600-meter races, she nearly set state records in each event. Scholl was second in her first race of the meet on Friday morning. She ran a time of 11:20.17 in the 3200-meter race.

Later on Friday, she won the 800-meter event with a personal record time of 2:16.17. That time is just 0.69 seconds off the classification state record of 2:15.48 established by West Grand’s Jessica Brown in 2001.

The final day of the meet was marked by rain and much cooler temperatures. In the rain, Scholl won her second state title by taking the 1600-meter run in a time of 5:02.91. That time, a West Grand school record, is just 0.45 seconds off the Class 2A state record of 5:02.46 set by Cruz Zarco of Sargent in 1990.

For the West Grand boys, Travis Gore finished his high school career with a busy and productive state meet. On Thursday afternoon, he ran the preliminaries of the 110-meter high hurdles and posted the eighth fastest time, which qualified him to advance to the finals on Saturday.

The 4 x 200-meter preliminaries were also run on Thursday and Travis anchored the team that included Nick Ritschard, Coleman Springer and Casey Gore. That team turned in a season-best performance of 1:35.72, but did not advance to the finals.

On Friday morning, Travis Gore vaulted 12′ 0″ and finished in fourth place in the competition. On the same day, the 4 x 100-meter team of Ritschard, Casey Gore, Reno Davidson and Travis Gore finished in 10th place with a time of 46.15. That team missed advancing to the finals by a single place.

Finally, on Saturday, Travis Gore put the coda on his remarkable athletic high school career for the Mustangs by running a personal record 15.62 and placed third in the finals of the 110-meter high hurdles.

Casey Gore had West Grand’s other top nine place in the meet as he tied for sixth place in the pole vault with a personal record of 11′ 6″.

The girls’ 4 x 100-meter relay team of Chyenne Sims, Carly Reynolds, Bailey Amundson and Erica Lucas ran a season best 53.51 in the preliminaries but that time did not allow them to advance to the finals.

Anna Cunica led the West Grand women’s pole vaulters with a 7′ 6″ effort. Laura Billington cleared seven feet in the pole vault to set a personal record. Krysten Garcia and Erica Lucas were also able to clear seven feet in the event.

There were three additional West Grand performances that fell just one place short of the final nine. Casey Gore and Kristina Ekren were both 10th in the high jump and Erica Lucas turned in the tenth fastest time (17.26) in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries.

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