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Demon girls 4×400 relay team earns bronze

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Madi Goodstein, right, hands the baton to sophomore teammate Delaney Gaddis in Saturday's Class 4A 4x400-meter relay final at the state track and field meet in Lakewood.
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LAKEWOOD, Colorado – A three-peat wasn’t in the cards for Glenwood Springs’ girls 4×400-meter relay team, but third place was.

And that’s not too shabby.

“I’m so very happy,” senior Madi Goodstein said in a gleeful tone. “That’s what we needed.”



Goodstein linked up with fellow senior Michaela Mansfield, sophomore Delaney Gaddis and junior Jackie Knott to finish in 3 minutes, 59.08 seconds at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Saturday. Only Thompson Valley (3:56.95) and Sand Creek (3:57.97) finished higher in the Class 4A event.

“I think this last one, we wanted to do good for you guys because it’s your last year,” Gaddis said as she shifted her gaze to Goodstein and Mansfield. “I hope we did OK.”



“This girl is amazing,” Goodstein replied. “You really pulled through for us. You ran amazing.”

The Demons’ 4×400 quartet entered the season as the two-time defending state champions in the event. Although it lost a pair of seniors from last year’s golden group, Glenwood still more than held its own.

“We take so much pride in it,” Goodstein said. “I mean, winning two years in a row and taking a third-place finish is amazing, and we didn’t have Jolie [Dubois] or Kristy [Moore] this year.”

Goodstein had a busy Saturday. Prior to the bronze 4×400 relay run, the senior tackled the hurdles.

She finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.17) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (46.70).

Goodstein and her fellow competitors had to battle rainy, frigid pre-race conditions in the morning 100 hurdles.

“I wasn’t as warmed up as I wanted to be,” she said. “I was just trying to keep by body going.”

Still, Goodstein managed a respectable finish.

“I’m kind of upset, but I knew I wasn’t going to place as high as last year,” she said.

Goodstein finished second in the 100 hurdles last year.

Glenwood Springs junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler took 12th in the girls discus. She topped out at 101 feet, 10 inches.

Glenwood’s girls 4×400 relay members weren’t the only ones to reach a high spot on the podium.

Moments after the girls’ bronze finish, their male counterparts placed fourth.

Mike Mills, Kellin Casey, Auston Tribble and Christian Leverson teamed up to clock in at 3:25.76.

“We basically say that it’s a race that’s about trying your hardest,” said Tribble, a junior. “The harder you try, the better you’ll do, and we all tried our hardest this race.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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