Seven local athletes traveled to Colorado Springs over the holiday weekend for the Martin Luther King Jr. Mile High Classic Indoor Meet at the Cadet Fieldhouse at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
The event proved to be the biggest so far on the Colorado indoor circuit, hosting 620 high school athletes and hundreds more youth participants.
Glenwood Springs High School was represented by six current students. All have been training several days a week this winter in preparation for the high school outdoor season. The indoor meet provided each with an opportunity to "see where they are in their training and compete against some of the best athletes in Colorado," said GSHS head coach Blake Risner.
Seniors Travis Alderson, Rachel Orosz, Monica Reynolds and Hannah Padgett were joined by junior Jenna Brown and sophomore Carly Setterberg.
Joining the high schoolers in Colorado Springs and competing in the morning youth session was GSMS sixth-grader Bryce Risner. His day was highlighted by a personal best effort of 5-foot, 1-inch in the youth boys high jump. That performance is nearly four inches higher than Risner jumped last summer at the National Junior Olympics, where he placed fifth. The afternoon high school session saw the Glenwood athletes competing all over the track and in the field. Placing in the top 10 in any event on Sunday proved to be a monumental accomplishment. Only Orosz (shot put) and Alderson (60m dash, long jump, triple jump) were able to meet that lofty standard. However, as Blake Risner noted, "The experience and training benefit that each athlete gained on Sunday is immeasurable."