Ryan reaches new long jump mark | PostIndependent.com

Ryan reaches new long jump mark

Paige Ryan lands in the sand pit during the long jump on the first day of the Class 3A Western Slope Championships track and field meet in Grand Junction on Friday.
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GRAND JUNCTION — Paige Ryan of Coal Ridge High School set a new personal- and Class 3A-best mark in the long jump on Friday during the first day of the Class 3A Western Slope Championships at Stoker Stadium.

Ryan, who said on Friday she was nursing a calf injury during the meet, won the event with a jump of 17 feet, 9 inches. Because of the calf injury, coach Ben Kirk only let her take two jumps.

Finishing second in the 3A girls long jump was Roaring fork senior Taila Howe, who also set a personal-best mark with a leap of 17-6 1/4. Ryan and Howe have the first- and second-ranked jumps in Class 3A, according to http://www.co.milesplit.com.

It was the first day of the Class 3A and 4A Western Slope meets. Both of them continue today with running and relay finals.

Also managing top finishes in 3A meet was Chris Contreras, who was second in the 100 meters in 11.77 seconds behind Xander Camp of Cedaredge 11.66. Ryan was second in the girls 100 meters in 13.10, with Moffat County’s Kayla Pinnt (12.43) winning the event.

Trevor Kelly earned a narrow victory over Grand Valley’s Ben Coleman in the triple jump. Kelly won the event with a leap of 40 feet, 5 inches, and Coleman finished in second at 40 2 1/2.

In the 4A meet, Brayden Smith of Rifle easily won the discus, prevailing with a winning throw of 142-7. The second-place finisher was his teammate, Colten Bumgardner, whose top throw was 131-8.

Brenden Wagler of Rifle finished second in the 3,200 in 10:08.61, with Summit’s Liam Meirow (9:40.89) winning the event. Courtney Lippman of Glenwood was third in the 3,200 in 12:06.97.

Another second-place finisher for Glenwood was senior Delaney Gaddis, whose leap of 35-5 3/4 in the triple jump was the runner-up mark to Michelle Carbajal of Eagle Valley (36-6 1/4). Another second-place finisher was Brittany Neuroth of Rifle, who went 35 3 3/4 in the shot put.

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