Coal Ridge runs away with team title |

Coal Ridge runs away with team title

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Chris Contreras and the Coal Ridge boys track and field team made a pact of sorts before the season began.

“We have some young kids and some older kids, you know, and we just got together as a team and decided we’re going to get our heads on straight,” said the sophomore sprinter. “We decided this is going to be a good year for us. We’ve just been working hard every day.”

If Friday’s fourth annual Coal Ridge Invitational is any indicator, the Titans continued what’s been a solid year for the squad.

Edging Rifle by 5.5 points, Coal Ridge nailed down the team title at the evening meet.

A number of high finishes buoyed Coal Ridge.

Tyler Guettler won the long jump, soaring to a top leap of 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches. Guettler was also third in the triple jump (39-7 3/4).

Cody Walls sped to second in the 400-meter run, clocking in at 51.6 seconds, and Contreras nabbed third in the 100 (11.52).

Coal Ridge was a force in the relays.

Brent Hazzard, Contreras, Walls and Guettler teamed up to win the 4×100 in 44.04.

Hazzard, Raul Oyarzabal, Cameron Cotton and Samuel Diedrich finished second in the 4×200 relay (1:33.14) and Contreras, Oyarzabal, Walls and Diedrich took silver in the 4×400 relay (3:28.86).

Mariela Martinez posted the top individual finish for the Coal Ridge girls, taking third in the 400 (1:02.6).

Kayla Hinkley, Alicia Hampton, Becca Mitchell and Martinez combined on a second-place showing in the 4×400 relay (4:14.88).

The Titans finished 10th in the girls team standings.

The second-place Rifle boys had a number of event wins.

Individually, Brandon Kittle won the 100 (11.39), Ryan Moeller the 200 (23.01), Aaron Wagler the 400 (51.25) and Taylor Webb the 110 hurdles (15.54).

Jake Statler was second in the 800 (2:08.06) and Tanner Rust third in the 400 (52.23).

The Bears won two relays – the 4×200 (1:31.21) and the 4×400 (3:27.05).

Kittle, Rust, Moeller and Kellin Leigh ran the 4×200 and Webb, Wagler, Rust and Moeller the 4×400.

Adam Rice, Statler, Wagler and Cody Rice linked up to finish second in the 4×800 (8:38.92).

Rifle’s girls finished sixth in the team hunt.

Joey Kuheim won both the shot put (40-10 1/2) and the discus (119-4). Teammate Brittany Neuroth was second in the discus (108-1).

Carsyn Copeland finished second in the high jump, clearing 4-11.

Tani Jorgensen, Kelly Coombs, Erika Salazar and Ashlyn Taylor teamed up to take third in the 4×800 relay for the Bears. They clocked in at 11:20.46.

Grand Valley’s Kristen Schubert won the 400 in 1:01. She tossed in a third-place finish in the 800, crossing the line in 2:31.59.

Teammate Rocio Roman placed second in the 1,600 (5:55.76) and third in both the 100 hurdles (18.11) and the 300 hurdles (49.74).

In the field events, the Cardinals’ Jordan Steinke covered 34-3 1/4 to place second in the triple jump. She took third in the long jump (15-9).

As a team, Grand Valley’s girls placed seventh. The Cardinals were 16th in the boys team race.

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