Red Devils track team crushes competition with home opener victory
by Drew Chowbay
The Times-Independent
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Grand County junior Auburn Jackman competes in the long jump event at the Red Devil season opener on Saturday, March 10. Photo by Drew Chowbay
Grand County junior Auburn Jackman competes in the long jump event at the Red Devil season opener on Saturday, March 10. Photo by Drew Chowbay

The Red Devils track team cooked the competition in this weekend’s season opener, crushing the competition by a margin of more than 100 team points.

Grand County had a combined team score of 389.5, with the closest competition being Carbon at second place with 247.5. The girls’ team for Grand County finished with a score of 152.5, and the boys’ squad ended with a total of 237 team points.

Freshman Kylah Ricks took second place in the girl’s 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:00.72, adding a total of eight team points for Grand County. Alethia Hirt and Anika Scherer took fourth and fifth place, adding five and four points respectively to Grand’s score. In the boys’ 3,200-meter race, senior Ryan Lewis took the No. 1 spot with a time of 10:21.16 and 10 points. Right behind Lewis was Red Devils sophomore Evan Ellison, who took second with a score of 10:22.88. Malachi Ricks took fourth place in the event for Grand County, finishing at 11:18.13.

Senior Ruben Villalpando took first place for the Devils in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 17.59. In the boys’ 100-meter dash, sophomore Eli Hazlett took second place at 11.63 and junior Stacy Randall took third at 11.65.

Junior Auburn Jackman placed third in the girls’ 400-meter, coming in a fraction of a second behind the second-place finisher with a time of 1:05.36. In the boys’ 400-meter, Hazlett and Randall shined again, with Hazlett taking first at 52.86 and Randall fifth at 56.10.

Freshman Kylah Ricks also took second in the girls’ 1,600-meter event at 5:27.34, then took first in the 800-meter race at 2:37.73. Ryan Lewis and Ellison took first and second, respectively, in the boys’ 1,600-meter at 4:45.73 and 4:52.96. The girls’ team took second in their sprint medley relay, clocking in at 4:47.01, and the boys took first at 3:50.28. Both teams won their 4x400 relays, with the boys clocking a time of 3:41 and the girls at 4:42.54.

Veda Gritts scored big in the girls’ discus, taking first place at 30.71 meters Shane Stroder took third at 26.9 meters Junior Teddy Park added eight points to Grand’s overall score after taking second place in the boys’ high jump. The Red Devils took first through third in the boys’ javelin, with Trea Meyer in first place (42.01), Dakota Johnson in second (40.33) and Villalpando in third (39.77).

Junior Jarom Shumway took first in the boy’s shot put (12.83), and Gritts won girls’ javelin (30.5). Morgan Lewis and Annabelle Garrett took first and third for Grand in the girls’ high jump at 1.52 and 1.45.

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