Former Rifle Bear performs well in college |

Former Rifle Bear performs well in college

LINCOLN, Neb. ” Former Rifle Bear track and field standout John Alderson, now at the University of Wyoming, fell just shy in his bid to make the NCAA Championships.

Competing in the triple jump at regionals in Lincoln, Neb., over the weekend, the team captain from New Castle nailed a leap of 48 feet, 3/4 inches, to earn 18th place.

The mark was well shy of his personal record of 49-9, and injury may have had something to do with it.

“John has been suffering from a sore ankle for some time now and really had a gutsy performance today,” Wyoming head coach Don Yentes said in a press release. “This weekend was really a good experience for these kids and hopefully will benefit us next year and in the future.”

And so ended a stellar outdoor season for Alderson, who wrapped up his sophomore season as far as eligibility is concerned.

The 2005 Rifle High School graduate was named all-conference this school year in both the outdoor and indoor seasons, the latter in which he competed as a junior. He was coming off a third-place triple jump finish at the Mountain West Conference Championships.

Alderson also competes in the long jump.

In high school, Alderson lit up both the field and oval at Rifle High School. He won Class 4A silver medals in the triple and long jump at the 2005 Colorado High School Activities Association state meet.

He set three school records (long jump, triple jump and 4X100-meter relay) while a Bear, and played on Rifle’s 2004 Class 4A state championship football team.

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