There’s a new top seed in the 4A state track and field meet in the 300m hurdles.
Glenwood Springs senior Bryce Risner blazed his way through the competition Saturday at the Dakota Ridge Invitational in Lakewood, winning the event with a personal record of 39.37 seconds, grabbing the top spot in 4A in the event with three weeks left in the regular season. Risner edged out Grand Junction’s Colin Morrison in second with a time of 39.44 seconds, and teammate Wyatt Ewer in third with a time of 40.05 seconds. Risner added a third-place finish in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.44 seconds.
“Throughout the entire race I could feel competitors behind me, so that really gave me an extra boost,” said Risner after setting the record. “Once I saw my time after crossing the line, I let out a yell because I was so excited and looked at my dad, and he was yelling too. It was an awesome moment.”
Risner has had a goal of being a state track and field champion since he was 9 years old. Now, as he’s winding down his Glenwood career, he’s got a great shot at doing just that in the 300m hurdles.
“When I was 9, I wanted to win a state championship in the high jump,” said Risner. “But that’s changed a bit over the years and now I just want to win a state championship, period. This gives me a good shot at doing just that.”
Risner added that he’ll take the next week off to gear up for the multi-league championship meet at Stocker Stadium the first week of May, which should help him springboard into the state competition May 16-18.
Outside of Risner’s terrific day, the Demons saw senior Sequoia Kellogg win the triple jump, recording a distance of 34-02.75 feet, while teammates Daniela Barajas-Lee and Hadley Yellico finished fourth and fifth in the same event with distances of 32-04.00 and 32-03.00, respectively.
Gavin Harden smashed his previous school record of 9:41.77 in the 3200m run, clocking a time of 9:35.41 to finish in fifth in the event behind Valor Christian’s Cole Sprout, who ran a sub-9 at altitude. Glenwood teammate Henry Barth ran a personal best in the 3200m with a time of 9:45.01 to finish 12th.
Glenwood’s boys 4x400m relay of senior Gavin Olson, Risner, Ewer, and junior Kuba Bartnik placed second in the tough relay with a time of 3:27.33, clinching the top seed in 4A in the relay as well.
Of the 32 athletes that Glenwood Springs veteran head coach Blake Risner took to Lakewood Saturday, a large number of them scored points for the Demons as the Glenwood girls placed eighth with 40 points, while the boys placed seventh with 56.5 points.
For the girls, Sophia Vigil scored a sixth-place finish in the 400m dash, clocking a time of 1:01.47, while Kellogg placed ninth in the 300m hurdles for the Demons with a time of 49.85 seconds.
The girls’ 4x400m relay team of Vigil, Emily Worline, Yellico, and Kellogg placed third in the event with a time of 4:09.42. In the high jump, Kellogg placed ninth after a jump-off, clearing 4-11.00, while Payten Spencer placed fifth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 9-0.00 for the Demons.
For the boys, AJ Adams and Ewer finished third and tied for fifth in the high jump as Adams cleared 6-1.00, while Ewer tied with Rampart High’s Luke Pavlica at 5-11.00. Jacob Wolf turned in a sixth-place finish in the pole vault after clearing a height of 12-04.00, while Ewer placed sixth in the triple jump for the Demons with a distance of 41-11.00.
Cedaredge 13, Roaring Fork 2
Taking on the visiting Cedaredge Bruins Saturday at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Rams baseball team couldn’t overcome a 6-run fourth inning by the Bruins and six team errors in a 13-2 loss in 3A Western Slope League action.
Cedaredge took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning before Roaring Fork responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, thanks to RBI singles from sophomore Graham Pietsch and junior Frankie Harrington that scored seniors Layne Crisp and Dawson Kuhl to make it a one-run game.
The Bruins broke it open in the fourth though, plating four runs thanks to six singles and four walks. The Bruins then added one run in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to cap off the 13-2 win.
The loss drops Roaring Fork to 2-7 (1-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Rams host Montezuma-Cortez Tuesday in a doubleheader to kick off the Trent Goscha Tournament at 1 and 3 p.m.
Coal Ridge 8, Aspen 2
Traveling to Aspen Saturday morning for a 3A Western Slope League showdown with the Skiers, the Coal Ridge Titans baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play and never looked back in an 8-2 win.
The Titans scored four runs in the first inning and one run in the second inning to take the 5-0 lead before Aspen responded with one run in the fourth inning to make it a 5-1 game.
The Titans then tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh before the Skiers tried to battle back with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping off the scoring in the win for the Titans.
Against Aspen, junior Ryan Kotz threw a gem on the mound, pitching a complete game with 10 strikeouts in league action.
Backing Kotz up offensively, senior Oscar Salazar and sophomore Carson Miller drove in two runs each, while junior Colby Bilson singled twice in the win.
Coal Ridge improves to 5-8 (1-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Titans host Grand Valley Tuesday in New Castle in another 3A WSL matchup.
Fruita Monument 2, Glenwood Springs 1
Making the trip to Canyon View Park in Grand Junction to take on the 5A Fruita Monument Wildcats Saturday morning, the 4A Glenwood Springs Demons girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision in non-league action.
Fruita Monument junior Lila Dere started the scoring for the Wildcats at the 9:48 mark of the first half, firing a shot from 22 yards out that Glenwood sophomore goalkeeper Abby Scruton got a hand on. The shot had enough force though to sneak into the net for an early 1-0 lead.
The Demons battled back quickly as freshman Ella Johnson found the back of the net at the 16:42 mark of the first half, completing a run down the right sideline before firing a shot low inside the far left post, knotting the game at 1-1.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the 72nd minute as Dere fired a bouncing, spinning shot into the net for the eventual game-winning goal in the non-league matchup with the Demons.
The loss drops Glenwood to 7-4 (6-2 in 4A WSL) on the season. The Demons travel to Rifle Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for a matchup with the Bears in 4A WSL action.
Roaring Fork 9, Moffat County 0
On the road Saturday morning in Craig for a 3A Western Slope League matchup with the Moffat County Bulldogs, the Roaring Fork Rams rolled to a 9-0 win.
Individual stats were not available at the time of press.
Roaring Fork (6-4, 3-1 in 3A WSL) travels to Basalt Wednesday for a rivalry matchup with the Longhorns.