Break out performance from Jack Linehan
Local athletes tore up the track at the Tiger Invitational high school track meet in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, May 2-3.
A handful of Crested Butte locals held their own at the elite level, including a break-out performance from Crested Butte Community School junior Jack Linehan.
Linehan set a personal record and crushed the school record in the mile, with a time of 4:35.64, finishing fifth place overall and qualifying for the state meet.
In addition, Linehan set a new school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:03.67, finishing in seventh place and falling just shy of the state qualifier time.
“I do expect him to make it there,” says coach Sarah Fuld. “I think he’s got a really good chance.”
Crested Butte Academy senior Joe Bosshard won the 3,200-meter and took third place in the mile, maintaining his incredible pace as he prepares for his college running career at CU Boulder.
Bosshard posted his fastest time at elevation in the 3,200-meter event with a time of 9:31, and in the mile with a time of 4:28.
“He had an incredible weekend,” says Academy coach Trent Sanderson. “He ran an impressive race in the 3,200 and just left them all in his wake.”
Community School senior Emma Coburn—also on her way to a track career at CU Boulder—broke her own school record and set a personal record at altitude in the mile with a time of 5:12.99, finishing third overall.
Coburn placed third in the 800-meter run as well, with a time of 2:20.
The Community School’s 4×800 girls’ relay team of Coburn, junior Emma Vosburg and freshmen Erin Kelly and Hannah Smith took fourth place with a time of 10:27. The time shaved nearly 10 seconds off their best time and pulls them closer to the state qualifying time, with one more meet to go.
Kelly and Vosburg each saw success on their own, as Kelly ran her first sub-13-minute 3,200-meter (two-mile) run, taking fourth place in a time of 12:50.10; Vosburg posted her best time of the season, 5:55.29, in the mile.
The boys’ team continued to battle with a couple of runners setting personal records. Sophomore Nicholas Harper-Johnson ran his best mile and freshman Jeffery Hargrove set a personal record in the 400-meter—not to mention a valiant effort from sophomores Eric Jernigan and Jenner Currier, who joined forces with freshmen Sky Egelhoff and Ben Frame to compete in the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relays.
“They’ve been great at the end of the season, putting forth a solid effort,” says Fuld.
The team heads back to Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, to compete in the 2A Regionals. Fuld hopes to see a few more of her athletes earn a spot at the state meet with Coburn and Linehan.
“We could potentially see a handful of athletes qualify for states,” says Fuld.