Demons are Western Slope League champs |

Demons are Western Slope League champs

Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs junior Auston Tribble runs to a win in the 300-meter hurdles at the 4A Western Slope League championships in Grand Junction on Friday.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Entering the 4×400-meter relay, there was no doubt Glenwood Springs would win the 4A Western Slope League championships boys team title.

That didn’t stop the Demons from punctuating a dominant afternoon with a victory.

Kellin Casey, Christian Leverson, Mike Mills and Auston Tribble closed out Friday’s action at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction by finishing a fraction of a second ahead of Moffat County. Glenwood’s quartet crossed the line in 3 minutes, 25.72 seconds, just ahead of the Bulldogs’ 3:25.83.

“I told our second-leg runner, Kellin Casey, that I just want to run with you at state, so let’s give it all we’ve got,” said Tribble, a junior who also picked up a win in the 300 hurdles.

The time posted by the Demons’ 4×400 bunch should be good enough to qualify for next weekend’s state meet at JeffCo Stadium in Lakewood. They topped their previous season-best time by nearly three seconds.

A statewide ranking system is used to determine each classification’s state qualifiers. The athletes or relay squads posting the top 18 times in each event qualify.

The 4×400 triumph was one of four event wins for Glenwood’s boys in Grand Junction.

Tribble took the 300 hurdles in 40.12 and Travis Alderson (100, 11.32) and Christian Leverson (400, 50.65) also collected victories.

Alderson posted a second-place individual finish in the triple jump (40 feet, 11 1/2 inches).

Individual third-place finishes were recorded by Tribble (100, 11.39), Kaden Weller (300 hurdles, 42.43), Leverson (200, 23.31), Andrew Mansfield (800, 1:59.89), Vinson Marr (3,200, 10:20.23), Garrett Lowe (discus, 126-11; shot put, 44-0 1/2) and Mike McGraw (high jump, 5-10).

Glenwood’s 4×100 relay team took second (44.05), as did its 4×200 relay squad (1:31.47).

“I’m very happy for the boys,” Demons coach Blake Risner said. “Them being able to win not only shows how much work they’ve put in, and how much talent they have, but it’s helped cap a long stretch here.”

Glenwood’s 163 points edged second-place Moffat County’s 135. Eagle Valley finished third (117).

A team title eluded Glenwood’s girls, whose 131 points placed them third behind champion Battle Mountain (207) and second-place Delta (141).

Regardless, the Demons made their presence felt.

Madi Goodstein, who’s battling an injury, still managed to sweep the hurdles. She won the 100 in 15.39 and the 300 in 46.6.

Teammate Rachel Orosz was second in the 100 hurdles (17.2). Monica Reynolds took third in the 300 (49.92).

Kenzie Nelson-Buehler picked up a win in the shot put for the Demons, covering 37-7 1/4 with her top toss. She finished third in the discus (111-11), placing just behind Orosz, who finished in second place (112-2).

“I’m definitely happy with where I’m at,” Nelson-Buehler said. “The shot put’s what I needed.”

Delaney Gaddis won the long jump (16-9 3/4) and Jenna Brown was third in the triple jump (33-9) for Glenwood.

In the relays, the Demons placed third in the 4×400 (4:24.16).

“We had some injuries, some [disqualifications] and other things that just didn’t go our way,” Risner said. “But I couldn’t be more proud of both teams for the way they fought today.”

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