2021 Clint Wells Invitational first track meet in two years

MEEKER | Track season is in full swing. The Meeker Cowboys competed in the 2021 Clint Wells Invitational, it was a two day event, Friday pole vault in Meeker and then Saturday the remainder of the track and field events took place in Craig.

“It was great to see kids back in competition after two years away,” began head coach John Strate, “as expected, we had some athletes that had to knock some of the rust off, but a few still started where they left off.”

Cooper Main set a new personal record (PR) in the high jump clearing five feet eight inches. Colby Clatterbaugh had a personal best in the 200-meter run, and Grant Cravens had a PR in the shot put throwing 38 feet seven inches.

“It was great to see these three senior leaders step up and show the underclassmen how hard work in the offseason pays off,” commented Strate.

Grant Cravens set a personal record in the shot put event, throwing 38 feet, seven inches. Teammates Cooper Main and Colby Clatterbaugh also set new PRs in the high jump and 200 meter run, respectively.

“We also had some very promising performances from our younger kids, specifically on the girls team, said Strate, “We have a great group of freshman girls that really turned some heads with strong performances in their heats. Bella Blazon improved so much from the prelims to the finals of the shot and will only continue to get better. It is clear that her and her peers have a bright future.”

Strate wrapped up by saying, “with a shortened season we look to progress quicker than usual, and will really be looking to both our freshman boys and girls to learn quickly. I am really proud of the commitment of the kids that have come out. It is asking a lot of the kids to give up part of their summer.”

This weekend pole vault will be at Coal Ridge on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. and then Saturday the team travels to Glenwood Springs for a meet that will now allow three kids per event and begins at 9 a.m.

Results for Meeker Cowboys in Craig (those placing in the top ten)

100 Meter Dash, Fourth Place, Port Hossack
200 Meter Run, Second Place, Colby Clatterbaugh
200 M, Fifth Place, Hossack
200 M, Eighth Place, Cooper Main
1600 Meter Run, Third Place, Main
300 Meter Hurdles, Fourth Place, Brendan Clatterbaugh
300 M Hurdles, Sixth Place, Owen Hanneman
4 x 100 Meter Relay, Meeker took second place
4 x 200 Meter Relay, Meeker took second place
High Jump, First Place, Main
High Jump, Sixth Place, C. Clatterbaugh
High Jump, Seventh Place, Hanneman
Pole Vault, First Place, C. Clatterbaugh
Pole Vault, Second Place, B. Clatterbaugh
Pole Vault, Third Place, Main
Pole Vault, Fifth Place, Connor Blunt
Pole Vault, Sixth Place, Austin Lopez
Long Jump, Third Place, Jeremy Woodward
Triple Jump, First Place, Woodward
Triple Jump, Seventh Place, Blunt
Shot Put, Fourth Place, Cravens
Discus, Sixth Place, Cravens
Discus, Ninth Place, Judd Harvey

100 M, Sixth Place, Shyan Dilley
100 M. Eighth Place, E. Hossack
100 M. Tenth Place, Natalie Kracht
200 M. Ninth Place, Jayde Turner
400 Meter Run, Sixth Place, Ainsley Selle
400 M. Seventh Place, Celine Lozano
1600 Meter Run, Second Place, Brighton Bair
100 Meter Hurdles, Second Place, Jayden Overton
4×100 Relay, Second Place, Meeker
High Jump, Fifth Place, Ruby Holliday
Pole Vault, First Place Aspen Merrifield
Triple Jump, Fourth Place, Sarah Kracht
Triple Jump, Ninth Place, Turner
Triple jump, Tenth Place, A. Woodward
Discus, First Place, Hailey Knowles

By TIFFANY JEHOREK – Special to the Herald Times