West Grand girls take second at regional track meet
May 12, 2009
The Paonia Eagles had dominating team victories in both the girls and boys divisions at the Region V track and field meet during the weekend in Grand Junction.The West Grand High School girls battled gallantly over the three days and managed to pull out a second place team finish in tight competition that came down to the final events of the meet.The Mustangs went into the 4 x 400-meter relay trailing both Vail Christian and Dolores. However, Renea Ellison, Brook Cecil, Jessica Raecke and Danette Billington combined to run their best time of the season by 10 seconds, taking second place in the event and sealing the runner-up trophy for the team. Eighteen schools had athletes in the 2A Region V meet.Cecil and Billington each qualified in three events for this weeks state finals meet. Cecil took second in the high jump and third in the pole vault to go along with the relay. Billington ran the anchor leg on the relay and finished second in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Melissa Kraker also qualified for state in the high jump. Rick Gamblin and AJ Silva both had personal best efforts in the pole vault on Thursday and earned spots in the state finals at Jefferson County Stadium this Friday. Gamblin had the lone first-place finish for West Grand with his 11 foot, 6 inch vault. Silva was third at 10 feet, 6 inches. Both Silva and Cecil earned their third place qualifying positions through a tie breaking vault-off competition.Drew Klotz had an excellent regional meet with personal best efforts in both the 110-meter high hurdle and the 300-meter intermediate hurdle events. In the finals of the 110s, the hand held timers/pickers had Klotz in second place. However, the photo finish moved him from second to fourth and he missed qualifying by .01 second.Five of seven West Grand relay teams had season best times with three of the five posting improvements of at least 10 seconds. In addition to the girls 4 x 400-meter relay, the boys 4 x 400-meter relay team of Zach Ahrens, Chase Hill, Travis Gore and Klotz ran 3:52.81. That group features two freshman and one sophomore so the future looks bright for them. The girls 4 x 800-meter relay team also improved by 10 seconds and finished fourth in the meet. All four members of that team, Cheyenne Sims, Kraker, Raecke and Katherine Schonlau will return next season. Rebecca Roller missed several meets in the middle of the season, but returned strong and placed well in both the shot and discus events. She was fourth in the shot at 32 feet, 3 inches and seventh in the discus. Freshman Kris Gregory had season best times in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs. Even though he did not place in the top eight, he proved to be very competitive with excellent promise in the distance events.
Girls 100-meter hurdles: Billington, second, 17.01; Sims, seventh, 54.79.High jump: Cecil, second, 5-0; Kraker, third, 5-0.Pole vault: Cecil, third, 7-06; Sims, sixth, 6-06.Shot put: Roller, fourth, Discus: Roller, seventh, 86-10.Long jump: Billington, eighth, 14-11.5.800-meter run: Kraker, eighth, 2:38.44 x 800-meter relay: Sims, Kraker, Schonlau, Raecke, fourth, 11:10.39.4 x 200-meter relay: Whitten, Ellison, Raecke, Cecil, sixth, 1:58.29.4 x 400-meter relay: Ellison, Cecil, Raecke, Billington, second, 4:20.51.Boys 110-meter high hurdles: Klotz, fourth, 16.31.300-meter intermediate hurdles: Klotz, sixth, 43.87.4 x 200-meter relay: Klotz, Sky Handyside, Hill, Gore, seventh, 1:43.04.Pole vault: Rick Gamlin, first, 11-06; Silva, third, 10-06; Hill, sixth, 9-06.