Coal Ridge Girls Send A Message At The Coal Ridge Invite

Coal Ridge's Peyton Garrison, left, comes across the finish line in the 400, one of her three victories of the day at her team's home meet. 

Peyton Garrison and her Coal Ridge teammates are taking over the Western Slope girls track world and the home crowd was the witness on Friday.

Garrison took the 100 (12.84), 200 (26.14) and 400 (59.27), while the Titans more than doubled up the next team in points (160 to Moffat County's 64.5). 

Other victories for Coal Ridge came from Phoebe Young, who raised her best in the pole vault for a meet record of 11 foot 2 inches. Marin Simons in the high jump (5-00). And Natalie Smythe in the triple jump (31-07.00)

Although a homestretch wind kept the short sprints and hurdles slow, the weighted elements stayed in the air. Gunnison's Melita Ferchau launched a Class 3A leading 123-3 in the discus and Delta's Keely Porter stayed atop the 3A leaders in the shot put with a best of 39-9. 

The Basalt girls swept the distance races without the help of 3A cross country champ Katelyn MaleySierra Bower won the 800 in 2:17.98, to move in front of teammate Maley in the 3A standings to second. She also won the 3,200 in a meet record of 11:43.39. Ava Lane also brought home the distance gold for the Longhorns with a 5:25.55 in the 1,600.

Cedaredge's Megan Jenkins showed she did not forget how to hurdle in 2020 and now that the Bruins are back in 2A she will be one of the top hurdler's in that class. She won the 100 hurdles (16.71). 

In boy's action, the team competition was diversified with eight teams within 25 points and seven different teams picking up individual wins. Steamboat Springs took home the team title on the strength of wins in three of the four relays. In addition, Josh Hamilton (23.17) won the 200 and Jaydon Fryer held off teammate Thomas Lewer in the 1,600 (4:36.04 to 4:43.60). 

Three meets into the season the Meeker boys have several top 2A performers in the field and they all went home with wins on Friday. Jeremy Woodward won the triple jump (40-0).Colby Clatterbaugh won the pole vault (11-09) and teammate Cooper Main was second (11-03). Thrower Zach Eskelson won the shot put with a launch of 43-11.

Gunnison's Alex Baca ran his first 3,200 of the outdoor season and cruised to a meet-record and 3A leading 9:36.48. Moffat County's Logan Hafey made his season debut in the 300 hurdles and raced to the top spot in Class 3A in 40.34. While in the category of class leaders, DeBeque's Wesley Ryan was not able to improve on his season best of 6-3, the 1A leader in the event won with a leap of 6-1. He also had his best wind-legal long jump of the season 21-1 to finish second to Moffat County's Evan Atkin (21-5). Ryan and teammate Jaden Jordan are first and third respectively in 1A after the meet. Jordan jumped 20-2.5 which was good enough for third at the meet and third in 1A.  

The boys 110 hurdles was a Class 2A showdown with half of the class's top 10 in the race. Lake County's Anthony Martinez won the race with a season best of 15.18 while Hotchkiss's Blaine Peebles was second, Cedaredge's Pepe Hofer in fifth (17.31).