Eagle County athletes earn medals at state meet
Local athletes earn medals at state meet
Bair, Alexander, Shearon have podium finishes
By Edward Stoner
LAKEWOOD – Three schools won some hardware at the state track meet Friday.
Jamie Bair, a senior at Eagle Valley High School, placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 35 feet, 1.5 inches. That earned her a medal and a spot on the podium at the State Track and Field Championship at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
“It was just a really great feeling to be able to place eighth,” Bair said.
Fellow Devil Mario Gonzales, a senior, finished 11th in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 10:08.52.
“After anchoring the 4-by-400 yesterday, I was proud of him for coming back in fairly hot weather this morning and competing with a pretty good field,” said coach Jeff Shroll.
Vail Christian’s Kylie Alexander, a sophomore, placed third in the pole vault, clearing a height of 8 feet 6 inches. She cleared all of her heights until she tried for 9 feet.
Also for the Saints, sophomore Ashlyn Gruber finished eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.36 seconds.
“She had a great start coming out of the blocks and on the curve, and she finished strong, so it was a good race,” said coach Tim Pierson.
For Battle Mountain, junior David Shearon earned a medal by placing ninth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 1 second.
“He could have easily been outside the podium, but he battled back,” said Battle Mountain distance coach Ken Long. “To get on the podium was really amazing. He’s a junior, so we look at this as a building block for next year.”
Battle Mountain junior Amelia Ortiz placed 16th in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12 minutes, 1 second.
“It was a great season,” said Battle Mountain head coach Jeff Krumlauf. “It was a great state meet. Great competition, and the kids performed well.”
Today, Gruber will compete in the 400 meters and Bair will compete in the discus.
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or firstname.lastname@example.org.