Fire On The Track At The Grand Junction Tiger Invitational

The Durango boy's distance crew came ready to roll. 

The trio of Land LambertPaul Knight, and Damian Frausto, donning white headbands, set a hot early pace in the 1,600 Friday morning. They took turns leading laps before the free-for-all final 400. 

Lambert (bib #3 above) proved to have the best kick here. The Durango junior claimed the win in 4:23.73. Knight took second in 4:24.94, while Frausto finished third in 4:25.92. Fruita Monument's Kien Cogley held on to the Durango trio and was rewarded with a 4:26.48 fourth-place finish.

The Durango trio ran the 3,200 on Thursday in similar fashion, only that time Frausto claimed the victory, running 9:35.25, while Lambert was second in 9:36.97, and Knight was third in 9:43.63.

Starting on the theme of running away and winning big, Taber Uyehara made no contest of the 110 Hurdles. The Glenwood Springs senior ran 15.53 for a 4A No. 5

Heading down in distance, McGinley Zastrow made no contest of the 800. The Fruita Monument senior telescoped away with a 1:54.93 for a 5A No. 8

Likewise, Justin Blanton torched the competition in the 100, running 10.90, which is just off his personal best. The Central (GJ) junior will head to next week's Big Dance ranked No. 3 in the 4A 100.

A big highlight in the relays came from Central (GJ) - their 4x400 squad broke a 50 year-old school record, running a 4A No. 2 of 3:25.83. 

Off the track DeBeque's Wesley Ryan cleared 6-5 to claim the high jump by four inches. The mark was just two-inches shy of his PR of 6-7. Ryan heads to Jeffco as the No. 1 high jumper in 1A.

In the discus William Knight had no challengers. The Durango junior won the event just off his PR, tossing 146-4. Meanwhile, Connor Showalter claimed the shot put over Knight, tossing 48-5.5 to Knight's 48-1.75. 

Durango's distance trio proved to be a big factor in the overall team race. Durango tallied 100 points to claim the team title. Central (GJ) took second with 78, while Fruita Monument edged out Moffat County 65.5 to 64. 

Next Page: Mikayla Cheney Shines