Howe’s long jump a highlight at G.J. track meet |

Howe’s long jump a highlight at G.J. track meet

GRAND JUNCTION — Roaring Fork High School senior Taila Howe easily won the long jump with one of the best jumps in Colorado this season, highlighting the performances by Garfield County athletes at the Phil Wertman Invitational track and field meet at Stoker Stadium on Friday night.

Howe, a state placer last year at the state meet in Lakewood, won the event with a jump of 17 feet, 1 1/4 inch, easily beating the second-place jump from Palisade’s Zeeda Nkana (15-9 1/4). The jump is the third best in Class 3A this year, trailing Paige Ryan of Coal Ridge (17-1 1/2) and Sterling’s Kylie Chavez (17-2 1/2).

Ryan posted a first-place time in the 400 meters, winning in 59.39 seconds. Also winning from Coal Ridge was the girls 800-medley relay team in 1:54.13. Brittany Neuroth of Rifle claimed victory in the discus in her fifth consecutive meet, winning with a mark of 114-10.

In the boys meet, Coal Ridge senior Andy Bowles, running the 110 hurdles for only the second time since the 2013 State Track and Field Championships, won the event in 14.99 seconds. The Titans also finished with a sweep of the relay events, winning the 4×200 relay in 1:30.51, the 4×100 relay in 43.97, and the 4×400 in 3:28.38.

The Titans’ Trevor Kelly helped Coal Ridge also sweep the hurdle events with his victory in the 300 hurdles (40.55).

Coal Ridge finished fifth in the boys team standings with 63 points, with Fruita Monument claiming the team championship (117). The Rifle boys, who got third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, from Brayden Smith in the discus and shot put, finished seventh as a team with 38 points.

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