West Grand High School’s Tabor Scholl defends her 1600-meter state title
For the Sky-Hi News
Tabor Scholl had the top individual effort for the West Grand Mustangs at this past weekend’s Colorado Class 2A State Track Meet in Denver, winning the 1600-meter race, placing second in the 800-meter race and sixth in the 3200-meter run.
Scholl, a sophomore athlete at West Grand, has a total of three state championship track medals, with 800 and 1600-meter wins as a freshman last year.
In this year’s 800-meter, Scholl and the winner of the event, Jennifer Celis of Hotchkiss, both broke the state track meet record held by Jessica Brown of West Grand.
Celis crossed the line at 2:13.46 while Scholl finished at 2:15.06, breaking Brown’s time of 2:15.48, which was established in 2001.
Scholl earned her championship medal in the 1600-meter race on Saturday when she crossed the line first with a time of 5:06.01. On Thursday, she earned the first of her points in the 3200-meter when she finished at 12:05.76.
WG earns medal in Pole Vault
Also at the championship meet, Casey Gore had the top finish for the boys, winning second in the pole vault.
Other points for the Mustangs were earned by Anna Cunico, who finished in eighth place with a personal best effort of 8’ 2”. Erica Lucas narrowly missed a podium finish, as she ended up in 10th place after clearing the bar at 7’ 8”. The event was won by Sidney Merrill of Akron, who cleared 9’ 8”.
The other state qualifier for the Mustangs, Kristina Ekren, cleared 4’ 8” in the high jump, but failed to place in the event which was won by Nola Basey of Lyons, who jumped 5’ 4”.
In team scoring, the Mustangs finished in 13th place with 24 points. The event was won by Paonia, followed by Akron and Hotchkiss in third place.
In the boys competition, athletes picked up their points in the pole vault. In addition to Gore finishing second by clearing 12’ 0”, Nick Ritschard went over the bar at 11’ 6” which was enough to earn him a tie for fifth place. Jeremiah Elliot capped a fine senior year, with a personal record of 11’ 0” that garnered him eighth place.
Jared Clarkson, a sophomore from Akron., won the pole-vault event, clearing the bar at 12’ 6”.
Reno Davidson went over the bar at 5’ 10” to finish in a three-way tie for tenth place in the high jump.
The 4 x 100-meter relay team of Davidson, Gore, Ritschard and freshman Ivan Mendoza was sixth in its heat and failed to make the finals. The team’s time of 46.69 matched the pace the quartet has been running this track season.
Finally, Mendoza finished with the 10th best time in the 110-meter high hurdles, but didn’t quite qualify for the finals. Ritschard, who had been running faster than Mendoza this season, tangled with a hurdle and ended up disqualified.
The boys earned 14.5 points and finished in 19th place. The state’s Class 2A championship mens team was Lyons, followed by Telluride.
All of the points for West Grand were earned by underclassmen and women, with the exception of Elliott in the men’s pole vault.
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