Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – As a senior, winning the Demon Invitational track and field meet means a lot to Glenwood Springs’ Christian Leverson.
Leverson and the Demons didn’t have much trouble accomplishing that feat, demolishing the competition at the 32nd installment of Glenwood’s home meet.
The Demons won both the boys and girls team titles by sizable margins.
“It means an incredible amount, especially to me because this is my senior year, my last meet on this track,” Leverson said from the infield at Stubler Memorial Field. “I wanted to win. I wanted to take home that trophy for the guys team.”
And Leverson played a large role in securing that trophy, chipping in a win in the 400-meter run. He recorded a time of 51.96 seconds.
As a team, the Demons racked up 152 points, putting them precisely 50 ahead of second-place Eagle Valley, Buena Vista took third with 62 points.
A near-sweep of the relays helped pad Glenwood’s total.
Kellin Casey, Mike Mills, Auston Tribble and Mike McGraw teamed up to win the 4×200 in 1:33.37. It was Leverson, Mills, Andrew Mansfield and Vinson Marr winning the 4×800 in 8:16.16 and Marr, Leverson, Mills and Auston Tribble finishing in 3:33.26 to claim the final event of the day – the 4×400.
The quartet of Casey, Travis Alderson, McGraw and Garrett Lowe finished second in the 4×100 (45.58).
Joining Leverson with victories in individual events were Tribble (300 hurdles, 40.95), Casey (long jump, 19 feet, 11 1/2 inches), Alderson (triple jump, 42-5) and Brian Ochoa (shot put, 44-7 1/2).
Finishing second were Marr (1,600, 4:46.98), Mills (300 hurdles, 42.27), McGraw (high jump, 5-10) and Kevin Hartmann (triple jump, 40-8).
“We had a lot of different winners in a lot of different categories,” Leverson said. “We were pretty successful across the board.”
Glenwood’s girls were successful across the board, too.
The Demons racked up 163 points to win the team title. Battle Mountain was second with 127 and Eagle Valley third with 55.
Madi Goodstein led the charge, winning both the 100 and 300 hurdles. The senior broke her own meet record in the 300 hurdles, clocking in at 46.5. She finished in 15.28 to win the 100 hurdles.
Like Leverson, winning the team title is a big deal to Goodstein.
“We brought the rest of the team in and said, ‘Look, it’s our Demon meet. We have to win this. This is what we do,'” she relayed. “Definitely everyone showed such a great effort today. It’s great to have them all step up.”
Glenwood’s girls have won every Demon Invitational since 2006. The boys have won five of the last six.
Relay success helped the Demon girls keep their streak alive.
Goodstein, Connor Adams, Michaela Mansfield and Jackie Knott teamed up to win the 4×100 in 50.28. Goodstein, Ally Tapp, Mansfield and Delaney Gaddis combined on a 4×400 win in 4:11.57.
In the 4×800 relay, it was Mansfield, Knott, Jenna Brown and Gaddis winning in a meet-record time of 10:03.42 and, in the 800 sprint medley, Tapp, Rachel Orosz, Libby Bierbaum and Carly Setterberg linked up to record a victorious time of 1:58.57.
Individually, Kenzie Nelson-Buehler won the shot put with a toss of 37-8 1/2. She placed third in the discus (106-8).
Knott finished second in both the 400 (59.94) and the high jump (4-10). Orosz took second in the discus (108-1).
Mansfield placed third in the 400 (1:00.46), Brown third in the long jump (15-8) and Gaddis third in the triple jump (33-7 1/2).
Grand Valley’s girls finished fourth as a team behind wins from Jordan Steinke in both the long jump (16-2 3/4) and the triple jump (35-0 3/4). She also placed second in the 100 (13.45) and third in the 200 (29.01).
Teammate Rocio Roman finished second in the 100 hurdles (17.1).
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