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Prep track: Bowles, Ryan on top of their games

Jon Mitchell
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Coal Ridge High School senior Paige Ryan flies threw the air on her way to winning the long jump at the Coal Ridge Invitational, which took place Friday at Coal Ridge High School.
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Coal Ridge Invitational

Friday at Coal Ridge High School

TEAM SCORES

GIRLS: 1. Coal Ridge 81; 2.Cedaredge 79 1/2; 3. Paonia 77; 4. Eagle Valley 74; 5. Montrose 70; 6. Moffat Country 65; 7. Grand Junction 63; 8. Hotchkiss 45; 9. Palisade 32 1/2; 10. Olathe 22; 11. Summit 21; 12. Meeker 18; 13. Fruita Monument 15; 14. Battle Mountain 14; 15. Ouray 9; 16. Soroco 7; 17. Rangely 6; 18. Hayden 3.

BOYS: 1. Coal Ridge 135; 2. Eagle Valley 82; 3. Palisade 72 1/2 ; 4. Cedaredge 62; 5. Grand Junction 57; 6. Montrose 55; 7. (tie) Rangely, Fruita Monument 29; 9. Moffat County 28; 10. (tie) Hotchkiss, Paonia 27; 12. North Park 18; 13. Battle Mountain 10; 14. (tie) Summit, Ouray, Olathe, 8; 17. Telluride 5; 18. Hayden 2; 19. Meeker 1/2.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Top 6

BOYS

SHOT PUT — 1. Austin Williams, Cedaredge, 52-10; 2. Quinton Walton, Grand Junction, 45-0 1/2; 3. Brandon Worley, Palisade, 43-08; 4. Ty Schroeder, 43-01; 5. Donovan Adams, Montrose, 42-8 1/2 ; 6. Luis Lopez Valentin, 41-7 1/2.

HIGH JUMP —1. Andy Bowles, CR, 6-10; 2. Caleb Preston, Ouray, 6-0; 3. (tie) Andrew Morton, Rangely, Chance Jackson, Palisade, Stockton Rock, Grand Junction, 6-0; 6. Riley Owen, Battle Mountain, 5-10.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1. Riley Rowles-Birdsong, EV, 41-05; 2. Andrew Morton, Rangely, 41-03 1/2; 3. Trevor Kelly, CR, 40-11 1/4; 4. (tie) River Panish, Hotchkiss, Matt Hamilton, MC, 40-08; 6. Prescott Price, Palisade, 40-06.

DISCUS — 1. Austin Williams, Cedaredge, 166-10; 2. Quinton Walton, Grand Junction, 147-1; 3. Leo Gallegos, Palisade, 147-1; 4. Michael McKnight, Grand Junction, 139-11; 5. Brandon Worley, Palisade, 139-8; 6. Ty Schroeder, Fruita, 123-5.

LONG JUMP — 1. Riley Rowles-Birdsong, EV; 21-4 3/4 ; 2. Taylor Walters, Paonia, 20-9 1/2; 3. Xander Camp, Cedaredge, 20-6; 4. Trevor Kelly, CR, 20-5 3/4; 5. Prescott Price, Palisade, 23-3; 6. Andrew Morton, Rangely, 20-1 3/4.

4x800 RELAY — 1. Eagle Valley 8:13.75; 2. Coal Ridge, 8:16.87; 3. Palisade, 8:29.81; 4. Hotchkiss, 8:43.53; 5. Paonia, 8:47.38; 6. Fruita Monument, 9:03.48.

110 HURDLES — 1. Andy Bowles, CR, 14.77; 2. Riley Rowles-Birdsong, Eagle Valley, 14.98; 3. Trevor Kelly, CR, 15.12; 4. Jay Shuman, Palisade, 15.67; 5. Andrew Morton, Rangely, 16.11; 6. Shane Gates, Cedaredge, 16.33.

100 — 1. Chris Contreras, CR, 11:43; 2. Xander Camp, Cedaredge, 11.53; 3. Clay Russell, North Park, 11.62; 4. Brody Cupp, Grand Junction, 11.63; 5. Kelly Campbell, MC, 11.78; 6. Andy Sandoval, Eagle Valley, 11.85.

4x200 RELAY — Moffat County, 1:35.41; Cedaredge, 1:35.60; 3. Coal Ridge, 1:36.15; 4. Montrose, 1:37.33; 5. Grand Junction, 1:39.22; 6. Battle Mountain, 1:40.52.

1,600 — 1. Greg Eccher, Grand Junction, 4:35.37; 2. Ian Mek, Montrose, 4:37.30; 3. Hayden Cook, Montrose, 4:48.57; 4. Jason Sturgis, Paonia, 4:50.61; 5. Gino Giovagnoli, Eagle Valley; 4:53.36; 6. Allen Adair, Grand Junction, 4:56.07.

4x100 RELAY — 1. Palisade, 45.60; 2. Eagle Valley, 45.75; 3. Fruita Monument, 46.35; 4. Coal Ridge, 46.36; 5. Moffat Country, 46.37; 6. Hotchkiss, 46.87.

400 — 1. Chris Contreras, Coal Ridge, 51.15; 2. Domonic Patterson, Eagle Valley, 51.54; 3. Edgar Enriquez, Coal Ridge, 51.57; 4. Ryan Reich, Montrose, 52.32; 5. Alex Smith, Hotchkiss, 52.33; 6. Jacob Bollinger, 52.96.

300 HURDLES — 1.Andy Bowles, Coal Ridge, 42:31; 2. Jay Shuman, Palisade, 42.98; 3. Shane Gates, Cedaredge, 43.30; 4. Jay Neal, Eagle Valley, 43.64; 5. William Austin, Paonia, 44.28; 6. Chance Jackson. Palisade; 44:30.

800 — 1. Clay Russell, North Park, 2:03.12; 2. Edgar Enriquez, Coal Ridge, 2:04.11; 3. Hayden Cook, Montrose, 2:05.30; 4. Jeff Williams, Telluride, 2:05.87; 5. Andrew Tiedeman, Hotchkiss, 2:06.48; 6. Luis Chavez, Eagle Valley, 2:07.21..

200 —1. Trevor Kellly, CR, 23.07; 2. Chris Contreras, CR 23.18; 3. Connor Phelan, Rangely, 23.75; 4. Kelly Campbell, MC, 24.17; 5. Skyler Frieling, Grand Junction, 24.21; 6. Jordan Walker, Montrose, 24.65.

3,200 — Nathan Maddox, EV, 10:41.58; 2. Noah Chrisler, CR, 10:48.76; 3. Anders Van Calcar, Palisade, 10:50.06; 4. J.T. Mclaughlin, Fruita, 10:50.46; 5. Tyrell Clock, Hotchkiss, 11:10.11; 6. Taylor Dement, Olathe, 11:11.72.

4x400 RELAY — 1. Montrose, 3:35.95; 2. Cedaredge, 3:37.99; 3. Summit, 3:40.49; 4. Paonia, 3:40.99; 5. Coal Ridge A, 3:42.73; 6. Coal Ridge B, 3:47.45.

GIRLS

DISCUS — 1. Kaitlyn Kissner, Cedaredge, 119-11; 2. Daryl Batt, Hotchkiss, 112-09; 3. Micaela Shaw; Cedaredge, 109-10; 4. Amanda French, Palisade, 107-8; 5. Taylor Carsten, Paonia, 103; 6. Britini Allen, CR, 98-6.

LONG JUMP — 1. Paige Ryan, CR, 17-01 1/2; 2. Sydni Brandon, Grand Junction, 16-04 3/4; 3. Kendall McHugh, Cedaredge, 15-07 1/2; 4. Zeeda Nkana, Palisade, 15-2; 5. Michelle Carbajal, EV, 15-0 3/4; 6. Brooklynd Erickson, Paonia, 14.11 3/4.

SHOT PUT — 1. Britini Allen, CR, 37-07 3/4; 2. Morgan Hartigan, Paonia, 37-4; 3. Taylor Martin, EV, 31-10 1/2; 4. Taylor Carsten, Paonia, 31-08 1/2; 5. Micaela Shaw, Cedaredge, 31-07; 6. Noelle Helmer, Paonia, 31-04.

HIGH JUMP — 1. (tie) Madison March, Grand Junction, Sydni Brandon, Grand Junction, 4-10; Lauren Livermore, Montrose, Kali Constine, Soroco, 4-10; 5. Brianna Van Vleet, Paonia; 6. (tie) Alexis Leonard, Palisade, McKenzee Sisson, EV, 4-8.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1. Michelle Carbajal, EV, 35-1 1/2; 2. Kaitlyn Detlefsen, CR, 33-4 3/4; 3. Jessica Horii, Summit, 33-3 1/2; 4. Sydni Brandon, Grand Junction, 22-2 1/2; 5. Taylor Polson, Paonia, 32-05; 6. Jessica Nulle, EV, 31-11 1/4.

800 SPRINT MEDLEY — 1. Eagle Valley, 1:52.43; 2. Paonia, 1:56.59; 3. Meeker, 1:57:12; 4. Olathe, 1:57.64; 5. Coal Ridge, 1:58.11; 6. Hotchkiss, 1:59.06.

4x800 RELAY — 1. Paonia, 10:04.18; 2. Summit, 10:07.64; 3. Grand Junction, 10:15.91; 4. Montrose, 10:35.40; 5. Coal Ridge, 10:42.52; 6. Battle Mountain, 10:50.64.

100 HURDLES — 1. Abi Grace McGee, Montrose, 15.72; 2. Brooke White, Montrose, 16:35; 3. Selena Hernandez, MC, 17.22; 4. Kalie Hubbard, Olathe,17.61; 5. Jasmine Vega, CR, 17.68; 6. Aly Ridings, Meeker, 18:04.

100 — 1. Kayla Pinnt, MC, 12.51; 2. Jill Payne, Grand Junction, 12:81; 3. Megan Asmussen, Eagle Valley, 12:91; 4. Summer Herman, Cedaredge, 13.17; 5. Kendall McHugh, Cedaredge, 13.24; 6. Zeeda Nkana, Palisade, 13.28.

4x200 RELAY — 1. Moffat County, 1:48.31; 2. Cedaredge, 1:48.79; 3. Montrose, 1:49,63; 4. Paonia, 1:50.09; 5. Hotchkiss, 1:50.91; 6. Olathe, 1:54.66.

1,600 — 1. Jennifer Celis, Hotchkiss, 5:19.83; 2. Roxy Trotter, Eagle Valley, 5:37.20; 3. Natalie Anderson, Hotchkiss, 5:39.07; 4. Mae Anderson, Hotchkiss, 5:49.12; 5. Ruthie Boyd, Summit, 5:50.40; 6. Deon Jensen, Paonia, 5:50.95.

4x100 RELAY — 1. Cedaredge, 50.35; 2. Coal Ridge, 51;16; 3. Palisade, 51.73; 4. Paonia, 52.52; 5. Meeker; 52:58; 6. Olathe, 52.73.

400 — 1. Carly Volkmer, Eagle Valley, 59.18; Kenzie Henderson, Cedaredge, 1:04.48; 3. Aimme Hogan, Rangely, 1:05.47; 4. Maria Contreras, Coal Ridge, 1:05.84; 5. Jayden Miles, Ouray, 1:07.04; 6. Taylor Hermosillo, Eagle Valley, 1:07.31.

300 HURDLES — 1. Brooke White, Montrose, 48.03; 2. Abi Grace McGee, Montrose, 48.73; 3. Morgan Hartigan, Paonia, 48.79; 4. Ashlynn Replogle, Montrose, 49.70; 5. Ashley Long; Grand Junction; 49.74; 6. Selena Hernandez, Moffat County, 50.39.

800 — 1. Erika Meister, Grand Junction, 2:30;03; 2. Nellie Freeman, Cedaredge, 2:30.09; 3. Kendall Cox, Montrose, 2:35.10; 4. Sabine Lindler, Ouray, 2:35.45; 5. Cassandra Grigware, Grand Junction, 2:36.10; 6. Deon Jensen, Paonia, 2:36.90.

200 — 1. Kayla Pinnt, MC, 25.95; 2. Paige Ryan, CR, 26.09; 3. Megan Asmussen, EV, 26.99; 4. Halle Ahrens, Meeker, 27.28; 5. Zeeda Nkana, Palisade, 27.39; 6. Mackenzie Kehmeier, Cedaredge, 27.42.

3,200 — Cassidy Ahrens, Fruita, 12:50.79; 2. Emily Womble, MC, 2:57.44; 3. Rychelle Denardo, Battle Mountain, 13:19.64; 4. Aubrey Campbell, MC, 13:33.43; 5. Weldyn Allen, Montrose, 13;43.81; 6. Emily Pappas, Summit, 14:10.68.

4x400 RELAY — 1. Coal Ridge, 4:07.67; 2. Hotchkiss, 4:08.57; 3. Paonia, 4:08.84; 4. Moffat County, 4:15.13; 5. Cedarege, 4:15.73; 6. Eagle Valley, 4:26.25.

PEACH VALLEY — Andy Bowles and Paige Ryan spent a lot of time setting new marks for Coal Ridge High School on Friday afternoon.

Bowles did it by a matter of inches. Ryan did it by less than half an inch.

Whatever the case, each of them finished the Coal Ridge Invitational track meet by putting their names in the school’s record books. Bowles soared to a new state best in the high jump with a winning leap of 6 feet, 10 inches, and Ryan sailed to a winning leap of 17-1 1/2 in the long jump.



“Wow,” Coal Ridge coach Ben Kirk said. “What a day, huh?”

What a day indeed.



The performances from Bowles and Ryan were the highlights of the day for the Titans, who finished with standout performances from several runners, too. Among them was Coal Ridge senior Chris Contreras, who won the 100 and 400 meters with a second-place finish in the 200, and Bowles finished the day with victories in not only the high jump, but also in the 110 (14.77 seconds) and 300 hurdles (42.31).

Bowles, however, drew enough attention at the high jump pit to make the entire meet stop to watch him. That came after his competitors in the high jump all scratched out at 6 feet even, prompting the Coal Ridge senior to immediately bump the bar up to 6-10.

And with a crowd of spectators clapping as he approached the bar, Bowles cleared the bar easily to spark a huge roar from everyone watching. He bumped it up to 7 feet and, on his second attempt, actually cleared the bar but knocked it off with his left calf as he descended toward the mat.

“I was pretty confident,” the 6-foot-5 Bowles said about his attempts at 7 feet. “I just didn’t take enough time in between my jumps, so my legs got tired. But clearing that height was amazing.”

The mark also broke the previous meet record of 6-5 from 2012, which was held by Reid Gates of Cedaredge. Gates, who Bowles said he wished could have competed against him on Friday, passed away from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning this past fall.

According to co.milesplit.com, Bowles not only has the top high jump mark among all classifications in Colorado, but he’s not far off the top mark in the nation this year of 7-1, held by Elton Dyer of Pasadena South High in Houston, Texas.

Ryan, like many of the girls on the Coal Ridge track team, plays on the soccer team while she runs track. But with a pair of soccer games this past week that the Titans had won easily, Kirk said prior to the girls long jump it would be interesting to see how she would preform with so much rest before the meet.

That became pretty obvious on Ryan’s second attempt during preliminaries. When she heard her distance, she jumped up in the air and pumped her first with excitement.

Incredibly enough, Ryan had only participated in the long jump three times prior to this, but her immediate success motivated her to keep going with it even during her senior year. Last week, when Coal Ridge went to the Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction, she said he reached a height of 17-4 but scratched by “What was probably a quarter of an inch.”

Ironically enough, she broke previous school record — set by Coal Ridge senior Ashlie Bowles in 2011 — by one quarter of an inch. Bowles’ previous record was 17-1 1/4.

“Hey, I still broke it, OK?” Ryan said, laughing. “And it feels great. It feels really, really awesome.”

Later in the day, Ryan broke a school record in a much less dramatic fashion. Her winning time of 26.09 in the 200 broke her own school record of 26.7 from last year.

Britini Allen of Coal Ridge managed to win the shot put, claiming victory with a distance of 37-7 1/2.

It wasn’t anywhere close to the personal best put of 39-7 she had at this past Saturday’s Frank Woodburn Invitational in Grand Junction, but she’s happy with the progression she’s made to reach this level.

“It’s a work in progress, and I haven’t hit my peak yet,’ Allen said. “I’m working to get there, though.”


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