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Peebles recovers from injury to place second in 110HH at 2A meet

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Photo by Tamie Meck Hotchkiss junior Jace Peebles, right, qualifies for finals in a preliminary race of the 2A 110-meter high hurdles at Jefferson County Stadium. Peebles placed second in the event. Freshman brother Blaine Peebles, left, didn't make the f

In the 110-meter high hurdles junior Jace Peebles won silver with a time of 15.97 seconds. "My start was really good and I was able to get to that first hurdle with enough speed to just carry me all the way through," said Peebles, who was ranked eighth going into the meet and finished sixth in preliminaries with a personal best time of 16.83 seconds.

Peebles said he knew he had it in him to place in the top three, "But with the year I've had, I'm a little surprised." The finals marked his fourth race of the season. After posting state-qualifying times in the first two meets of the year, winning the event at the March 16 Delta Panther Invitational, he injured his back. Peebles stayed on the team and spent the season recovering.

Peebles' brother, freshman Blaine Peebles, was ranked 11th in the 110 hurdles event, and raced in the same preliminary run as his brother, finishing almost two seconds behind his season best state qualifying time of 17.01 seconds after tripping up on the sixth hurdle. "It's disappointing," said Blaine, "but I'm happy to be here."

Jace Peebles also ran on the 1600m relay team with sophomores Robert Cochran and Oliver Mendoza and freshman Micah Defield. They placed 11th with a season-best time of 3:38.47. The all-sophomore 3200m team of Cochran, Defield, Kenny Drbholav and Saul Cortez finished 16th in a season-best 8:55.33.

Cochran also placed 12th in the 400m dash with a season-best time of 12.58 seconds.

Brother Colton Peebles graduated from Hotchkiss in 2018 and qualified for state in 300m hurdles, placing ninth his junior year.

Of the three Peebles brothers, Colton holds the Delta County middle school record in discus, Jace holds the middle school record in triple jump, and Blaine holds the 110m hurdles record.

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