Demon boys bronze at regional |

Demon boys bronze at regional

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Tamie Meck Delta County IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Andrew Mansfield runs at Wednesday's Class 4A Region 5 cross country meet.

A mix of emotions met Glenwood Springs High School’s cross country team at Wednesday’s Class 4A Region 5 meet.

With the boys qualifying for the state meet as a team, there was plenty to celebrate. Add in a second-place individual finish for senior Andrew Mansfield, and the Demons were ecstatic with how the boys race played out at Delta’s Confluence Park.

The girls race, though, was a different story.

Glenwood failed to qualify as a team for the first time in some time and didn’t send any individuals to the Oct. 29 state meet at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora.

Mansfield’s silver run, which he completed in 16 minutes, 8.89 seconds, helped the Demons to a third-place boys finish. He tailed only Moffat County’s Alfredo Lebron.

“Alfredo hasn’t lost a race to a 4A boy all year,” Glenwood coach Mike Schneiter said. “He’s considered a favorite for state.”

Vinny Marr placed seventh for the Demons. Ian Edquist finished 17th (17:25.6) and late pushes by both by Hector Barron (31st, 18:03.87) and Christian Leverson (42nd, 18:15.4) helped Glenwood to precious points in the team hunt.

“They both had amazing finishes,” Schneiter said. “Hector passed about 20 something guys. Christian, I think he passed about 15. Their finishes are probably why we ended up where we were.”

Wyatt Till and Zach Marshall also ran for the Demon boys.

Glenwood’s girls finished just nine points out of the top four. The top four teams qualify for state.

“A bunch of the girls ran great races,” Schneiter said. “They ran some really great times in the 20s.”

Madi Spence posted the Demons’ top individual finish, placing 18th (20:36.88). Jenna Brown (21st, 20:41.2), Lily Thorsen (32nd, 21:19.38) and Kenzie Hill (33rd, 21:21.66) weren’t far behind.

“I know the girls were sad,” Schneiter said. “They had gone seven years in a row. They had a great streak going.

“I’m really proud of the boys, especially Hector and Christian. They definitely manned up, I guess I’d say. They really ran great. I’m still proud of the girls. They had a great run. It’s tough to have that target on their back. People know they’d gone to state all those years.”

Rifle junior Jake Statler was the Bears’ lone state qualifier at Wednesday’s 3A Region 1 meet, which was also held in Delta.

Statler placed ninth (17:31.22) in the boys race.

“It was a good end to the season,” Rifle coach Josh Keppeler said. “Everybody continued to improve all season long.”

Mariela Martinez’s first regional was a success.

The Coal Ridge freshman crossed in 20:44.31 to take 14th at Wednesday’s 3A Region 1 meet. As a result, she’ll run at the Oct. 29 state meet in Aurora.

“She’s been a strong runner all season,” Titans coach Tiffany Robison said. “I’m really proud of her to get in the top 15.”

In the boys race, Michael Palmgren led Coal Ridge with a 43rd-place finish (19:00.16). Zach Becker placed 58th (19:42.61).

Isaiah Martinez wasn’t seeded particularly high entering Wednesday’s 3A Region 1 meet.

It didn’t matter.

The Grand Valley junior, seeded in the 30s entering the meet, finished 14th in Delta. He clocked in at 17:56 to secure a trip to the state meet.

“He had a really good race,” Cardinals coach Kim Whelan said. “The rest of the boys did great, too. We had some good [personal records]. It was a very good day.”

On the girls side, Kristen Schubert’s 22nd-place showing led Grand Valley. She finished in 21:02.88. Teammate Rocio Roman was close behind in 24th (21:07.2).

On their way back to Parachute, the Cardinals stopped at a corn maze near Olathe to wind down.

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