CRMS defends state climbing title |

CRMS defends state climbing title

Dave Meyer
Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Nearly 300 high school climbers descended on Grand Junction from around the state on Saturday for the eighth annual Colorado High School Climbing League State Championships.

Athletes from more than 30 schools met in the final competition of a five-month season. The setting was the colorful arching walls and boulders of Grand Valley Climbing, a state-of-the-art facility less than two years old. With 35 brand new boulder problems and 30 new roped routes up to 55 feet tall, the climbers had plenty of challenge.

In a strong local showing the Oysters of Colorado Rocky Mountain School rose to that challenge. Arriving as newly crowned Regional Champions, they climbed very well against a host of strong teams from the Western Slope and Front Range.

Carrying the torch for CRMS was Carbondale’s Colin Daniels taking second overall in boys’ varsity competition. His leadership helped the boys win another state championship. He was supported by Marshall Graybill in seventh, Will Newton in 12th, Fynn Blake 14th, Spijk Selby 17th, Toby Meyer in 24th and Whitton Feer in 29th.

The girls matched the boys’ triumph with a spirited win of their own. Anja Simpson took third overall in her first year on the team. She was followed by senior Callie Rominger in fifth, Lauren Murphy in eighth, Sarah Teague in 10th, Nicole Pierson in 18th and Jessie Bright in 21st. This marks the second straight state title for the CRMS girls and the sixth straight state championship for the boys. Despite increasing competition from growing teams across Colorado the Oysters pulled together to put another win in the books.

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