This one was the big one on the western slope this past weekend. Montrose is centrally located on the western slope, and there were no meets in Grand Junction this last weekend, so where else were people to go?
Front Rangers, take note, Eagle Valley is winning a lot of meets on the western slope. If you're a 4A coach or fan, make sure you've taken the Devils into your pre state meet reckoning.
In case you didn't feel the ground shaking on Friday, Joey Kuheim of Rifle pitched a couple of really, really big throws. I don't think Valarie Allman is in danger, but Kuheim clearly intends to make a contest out of the 4A shot put. Leave a little room for that on your state-viewing schedule.
If you're a 2A coach, your head is probably already spinning trying to figure out what all Jennifer Celis will be competing in at state. The good news is that she's limited to four events, but which four? Pick from 200, 400, 800, 1600 (remind you of someone from Middle Park yet?), SMR8, 4x200, 4x400, 4x800. Hmmmm..., go figure. I miss the show, but I don't miss the migraine she created in 3A.
It's difficult to have a meet on the western slope without having an occasion to talk about the Whiting twins. That was a pretty good 3200 they turned at the Montrose meet. They could mess up some folks' point aspirations in 4A with performances like that.
Abi Grace McGee is one of my favorite names in Colorado high school track and field this season and she continues to get better at the hurdles.
Andy Bowles and Trevor Kelly of Coal Ridge are doing their level best to give Holy Family's Ryan Younggreen something to think about in the 110 hurdles. Right now, I'd guess they're fairly successful.
And, whoa, speaking of hurdles, who shot Auston Tribble out of a cannon? 38.76 over the 300s. Oh, mama, that's moving out. Chris Black of Delta right behind him at 38.85? How'd we get a 38-something hurdler that I'd never heard of before?! Put these two together and I think you've found your MOM.
Before leaving this meet, we have a couple of entries for the hard luck award. Number one, Montrose's Trevor Cook ran the 1600 and missed his PR by .01 second. Number two, a whole bunch of girls ran the SMR8 and appear to have been credited with an extra 30 seconds or so on their race. Some days it just doesn't pay to wake up and stick a baton in your hand.