Craig Hayden track and field athlete Jack Redmond didn’t want to talk to his parents about how he’d just narrowly lost the Clint Wells Invitational triple jump title Friday by only 3 inches.
The junior laced up his high-top Adidas, threw on some basketball shorts and a T-shirt, and marched with his head down from the triple jump pit on the west end of Moffat County High School’s stadium, toward his next — and best — event.
His legs ached from a week’s worth of hard workouts as well as from running the lead leg in the Tigers boys’ 800-meter relay Friday. But he said afterward that he had something to prove in the long-jump pit on the field’s east end.
Redmond won the long jump, leaping into gusting winds to grab gold at 18 feet 9 inches — just shy of a 3-inch victory — but still well below his season goal of being Hayden’s school record holder at 20 feet 8 inches.
“It’s been a rough week,” Redmond said. “I’ve been working hard, and I got up this morning and was really sore. I ran the 4x2, and I had to jump right after, and it just kind of killed my legs. I wanted to at least do something. Coming over to long jump, this is my best event. I just wanted to go out and prove to myself I could still do it.”
Redmond’s long jump gold and triple jump silver boosted a thin Hayden boys roster to ninth place at the invitational. The junior scored 18 of the Tigers’ points. Teammate Thomas Rauch pitched in another eight points by taking third in high jump (5 feet 6 inches) and sixth in the 110 hurdles (18.71).
The Hayden girls were paced by Jewel Vreeman, Laura Johnson and Jordan Temple, who all had top-five finishes Friday. Vreeman was fifth in long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 8 3/4 inches. Johnson took fifth in the girls mile, crossing in 6 minutes, 32.30 seconds. Temple also was fifth in the 100 hurdles in 18.21 seconds.
The Tigers 400-meter relay team was the Hayden girls’ top finisher of the day, grabbing second place in 56.13 seconds.
Abby Cadenhead was 10th in the girls 400 in 1 minute, 24.10 seconds.
Constine ties Soroco school record
On a day Soroco track and field coach David Bruner said personal records were being set just about everywhere, the Rams’ Kali Constine made school history.
Constine cleared 5 feet in the girls high jump, tying a Rams record. She finished second to Grand Valley’s Kylyn Rigsby, who narrowly won with a 5-feet-1-inch clearance.
“We had a ton of PRs,” Bruner said. “Kali Constine tied the high jump record for our school, which is cool.”
Outside of Constine’s achievement, the Rams’ relay teams on both the boys’ and girls’ sides were a major focus in Soroco’s run toward the state meet in three weeks.
Soroco’s girls 800-meter relay took bronze in 1 minute, 52.42 seconds, followed by the boys’ near miss of gold in the 1,600-meter relay, taking second in 3 minutes, 40.48 seconds to close out the invitational.
“Today was mainly about working on our relays,” Bruner said. “Our girls 4x2 PR’d by three seconds. Our boys 4x4 PR’d by a little over three seconds.”
The Rams girls’ individual events also chalked up a handful of top-10 finishes.
Leah Walorski took gold in the girls triple jump with a mark of 30 feet 9.50 inches, outjumping West Grand’s Rheann Pesch by 7 inches. Walorski also took fourth in long jump with a 13-foot, 11 1/2-inch leap. Cassie Constine was third in triple jump (30 feet, 1 inch) and DaKota Bruner was eighth in long jump (13 feet, 1 1/4 inches).
Hayley Johnson was fourth in the girls 200, followed by Bruner in sixth.
On the boys side, Soroco’s Bjorn Carlson and Ryan Jeep took one-two in the high jump. Carlson cleared 5 feet 8 inches for the win, narrowly missing out on a 5-foot-11-inch jump to pad his stats and earn a new personal record.
“I wanted to get a PR. I’m hoping to get 6 feet by the end,” Carlson said. “I’m just stepping it up a little bit at a time. I’ve only gotten 5-10 but I feel close to six.”
Carlson also ran in the Rams’ 1,600-meter relay team that pushed a come-from-behind race to finish second (3:40.48) to Moffat County.
Soroco and Hayden are both at the Battle Mountain Husky Invitational on Tuesday, followed by the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand on May 3. The Western Slope League championships are May 9.
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