Gamble wins second state championship |

Gamble wins second state championship

Ryan Slabaugh

Less than 24 hours after junior Kim Smith won her second straight state championship in the 800-meter dash, senior Chris Gamble took first in the 300 hurdles for the second year in a row. Gamble’s time of 38.97 seconds was one of seven school records the Devils broke in the two-day Class 3A State Track and Field Championships in Pueblo.

“I’m really proud of these guys,” coach Jeff Shroll said. “There were a couple relays we wanted to do a little better, but that’s how it goes. We’re happy. Absolutely.”

Gamble wasn’t able to defend his championship in the 110 hurdles, but the three-sport athlete still finished with a silver.

Gamble’s freshman brother, Brad, also had a banner day. The freshman trackster finished third in the 110 hurdles, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles.

The school records are as follows:

– Gamble’s 800 relay team (seniors Jay Miller, Wes Griffith and Mike Ray) finished ninth Saturday and shattered their own school record by six seconds with a 1:32.22.

– Smith’s 800 meter medley team (senior Shelby Vernell, junior Laura Sandoval and sophomore Katie Wick) finished fourth and didn’t benefit from a lane 8 placement in the finals. Still, their time of 1:53.38 was enough to rewrite the Devils’ records books.

– Smith finished second in the mile with a 5:20.84, another school record. Smith broke three school records in the meet as an individual or as part of a relay. Smith also finished sixth in the 400. Her state championship time in the 800 broke the state record by three seconds.

– The boys 3,200 relay team (junior Everet Minett, junior Ethan Vroman, freshman Alex Gamble and freshman Dan Lewis) ran a 8:37.31 for the best time in school history.

– The boys 400 relay (senior Kyle Higgins, Miller, Griffith and Ray) ran a 45.23 for a new record.

– The boys 1,600 relay (Damion Blackwell, Griffith, Alex Gamble and Ray) sprinted to a 3:35.63, another school best.

Tuesday after school, the new records will replace the old and the state champions will be ceremoniously congratulated. The Devils finished second in the 3A Western Slope Regional tournament last Saturday, the best finish in school history, and sent a program-high 20 athletes to the state meet.

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