BHS girls manage seventh in Grand Junction

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3:51 PM

Bayfield Track-and-Field's version of a Swiss army knife, Jordan Lanning was about as sharp as she could be ending Spring Break last Saturday at 5A Grand Junction High School's 2018 Mickey Dunn Invitational.

With barely a handful of athletes able to make the trip north, the Wolverines still totaled 44 points, good for seventh in a 23-team field filled with Class 4A and 5A competition. Lanning scored 32 points by herself - a score bettering all teams from ninth place (3A Delta, 29.40) on down.

5A Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista racked up a winning score of 113 inside Stocker Stadium. Lanning's lone win came in the 100-meter hurdles, in which she clocked 15.42 seconds, but she managed to place second in both the 300m hurdles (47.30) and high jump, and took third in the triple jump (33'10.5"). In the high jump Lanning actually tied 4A Durango's Alyssa McConnell, but McConnell cleared 5'4" on her first attempt while Lanning cleared it on her second. Both then failed in three tries to top the bar at 5'6".

Held separately from the rest of the Invitational the previous afternoon at GJHS was the pole vault competition.

Bayfield's Hannah Whitmer wrote her name into her school's well-known history within the specialty with a winning 8-foot, 1-inch clearance. Making the moment sweeter was that Whitmer had not dislodged the bar while flying over it at any of the three lower heights she'd attempted.

Placing fourth, BHS' Bella Shoup cleared 6'1" and 6'7", but went 0-for-3 at 7'1".

Junior Mikayla Barnes continued throwing well, earning eight team points with her second-place 34'2" in the shot put, and scored four in the discus with a fifth-place 103'8" throw. Senior Tiarra Christensen also recorded top-ten efforts in each discipline, taking ninth in the discus (96'3") and tenth in the shot (30'7.25").

Mary Grayson logged top-20's in both the 100- (14.15, 19th) and 200-meter (29.35, 19th) dashes.

The Wolverines will next compete at the April 6-7 John Tate Challenge Cup, hosted by Pueblo Centennial inside that city's Dutch Clark Stadium. BHS' junior-varsity athletes, meanwhile, are slated to compete at Saturday's Abel Velasquez Invitational in Ignacio. 2018 MICKEY DUNN INVITATIONAL GIRLS' TEAM STANDINGS (top 10 of 23): 1.Highlands Ranch Mountain Vista 113, 2.Edwards Battle Mountain 88, 3.HR ThunderRidge 68, 4.Gypsum Eagle Valley 60, T-5.Fruita Monument/Montrose 48, 7.BAYFIELD 44, 8.Durango 43, 9.Delta 29.40, 10.Telluride 28.