The Grand County High track and field team took second place overall in the San Juan Invite on Wednesday, March 27, in Blanding, after the boys finished first and the girls fourth.
Nine schools participated in the tournament. After 16 events, the boys took the top spot with a score of 179.333. The girls landed in fourth place with 81 points after 16 events. Combined, the boys and girls took second place overall with 260.333 points.
Veda Gritts won first in girls shot put, discus and javelin. Gritts was the best by a long shot in all three categories – pun intended. Gritts had been chasing the triple crown, and came close, all season long. In Blanding, she made it happen.
Jarom Shumway took first in boys shot put with 42-04.00-feet. Trent Elmore placed second with 40-00.00-feet. Jaymmin Hester placed fifth in shot put and Austin Johnson landed in eighth place. Shumway took second in discus. Freshman Sage Stroder grabbed fourth. Hester placed seventh in that event. Jayden Dowd got the sixth spot in javelin for the boys and Bryant Troutt took seventh place in javelin.
In boys high jump, Teddy Park earned second place with 5-10.00-feet, Jayden Dowd earned fourth with 5-08.00-feet, and freshman Chance Arbon secured ninth place with 5-02-00-feet.
Kaine Allred soared to first in long jump and Nolan Ramirez took second. Annabelle Garrett had a fifth place finish in the high jump for the Lady Red Devils.
Bailey Shelton took fourth place in the boys 800-meter. Ramirez locked up first in the boys 400-meter race, Ryelan Jones took fifth in that event, and Allred placed seventh.
In the boys 200-meters, Stacy Randall placed second; Corbin Arbon took third, Jimmie Johnson landed in fifth, Jones placed sixth, Shelton finished eighth and Chance Arbon placed 11th.
Corbin Arbon finished third in the boy’s 100-meters, followed by Troutt, fifth; Shelton, eighth; Johnson, 11th; followed by Dante Wells and Truan Young, who finished in the number 13 and 16 spots, respectively.
The Lady Red Devils finished the 100-meters like this: Garrett, sixth place, in 14.60; Olivia Medina, eighth place in 14.68; Tava Walling, ninth place with 14.74; and Sissy Warden in 17th with 15.43.
Ladies’ 200-meter: Emree Olsen, fifth; Auburn Jackman, eighth; and Abi Andruski landed in 19th.
Ladies 400-meter: Garrett, fifth place; Andruski, eighth.
Connor Guerrero nailed first in the 300-meter boys hurdle; Shumway seventh place, Johnson eighth and Chance Arbon in 11th place. Shumway scored third in the 110-meters hurdles and Chance Arbon took seventh in that contest. Sophomore Emree Olsen picked up sixth place for the ladies in the 300-meter hurdles.
Freshman Lorena Johnson placed seventh out of 17 competitors in the ladies 1,600-meters; she took sixth place in the 3,200. Freshman Alexa Stripieka took fifth place in the 3,200-meter for the Lady Reds in 17:05.00.
In team action, the boys and girls each won the sprint medley race. Olsen, Jackman, Garrett and Kyha Gritts for the girls; Evan Ellison, Eli Hazlett, Randall, and Guerrero, for the boys.
The boy’s 4×100 went to Randall, Arbon, Guerrero, and Hazlett. The team of Ramirez, Hazlett, Randall and Guerrero also took first in the 4×400.