Demons take team titles at Clint Wells Invite |

Demons take team titles at Clint Wells Invite

Staff ReportPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs' Christian Leverson surges ahead to win the 400-meter run Friday at Moffat County High School.

In advance of Friday’s Clint Wells Invitational, Glenwood Springs track and field coach Blake Risner discussed goals of personal or seasonal bests with his athletes.Once in Craig, where frigid, windy conditions are the norm, those goals were altered a bit.”It did not take long for those goals to be replaced with warming up well enough to avoid injuries and get the best workout possible from the competition,” Risner relayed.The Demons turned in a solid workout at Moffat County, winning both team titles up north.”Overall, we were very pleased to win both team championships at Craig,” Risner said. “There were a couple of schools that we will see at the league championships in two weeks, plus Fruita and Coal Ridge – two quality programs that are fun to compete with. Individually, the Glenwood athletes still managed to produce 15 season-best times.”Glenwood’s girls finished well ahead of second-place Eagle Valley in the team hunt. Fruita Monument was third.Ally Tapp (200-meter dash, 27.58 seconds), Monica Reynolds (300 hurdles, 51.22) and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler (discus, 108 feet, 9 inches) all picked up individual event wins for the Demons.Nelson-Buehler added a second-place finish in the shot put (36-6 1/2) and teammate Rachel Orosz finished less than a foot behind Nelson-Buehler in the discus to take second (107-10).Delaney Gaddis placed third in both the long jump (15-5 1/2) and the triple jump (33-2). Also posting bronze finishes were Libby Bierbaum (400, 1:06.99) and Madi Spence (1,600, 6:04.56).Glenwood had a solid run in the relays, winning the 4×400 in 4:17.02. Michaela Mansfield, Jackie Knott, Jenna Brown and Gaddis were responsible for that time.The Demons’ Madi Goodstein, Tapp, Mansfield and Knott combined to win the 4×200 as well, clocking in at 1:46.97. Mansfield, Knott, Brown and Gaddis won the 4×800 in 10:09.8.Connor Adams, Goodstein, Mansfield and Knott linked up on a second-place showing in the 4×100 (52.68) and Carly Setterberg, Adams, Tapp and Orosz took second in the 800 sprint medley (1:58.22).Glenwood’s boys were equally dominant, finishing well ahead of second-place Fruita and third-place Eagle Valley.Christian Leverson won the 400 in 51.81, Alex Stepniewski the 3,200 in 11:08.85 and Mike Mills the 300 hurdles in 40.7.”This was Alex’s first varsity win, and I anticipate the first of many victories to come,” Risner said of Stepniewski, the Demons’ iron-lunged sophomore.Elsewhere in individual events, Auston Tribble placed second in both the 100 (11.46) and the 200 (23.43). Vinson Marr was second in the 1,600 (4:53.52), a spot ahead of Stepniewski (4:54.34).Also placing second were Andrew Mansfield (800, 2:09.36), Josh McKee (110 hurdles, 16.79), Kellin Casey (long jump, 18-7 1/4) and Travis Alderson (triple jump, 39-7).Kaden Weller finished third in the 300 hurdles (42.8).Glenwood won the 4×200 relay behind the legs of Casey, Leverson, Tribble and Alderson. The quartet timed in at 1:33.21.Leverson, Mills, Mansfield and Marr ran to second in both the 4×400 (3:36.44) and the 4×800 (8:19.78).In the 4×100, it was Casey, Mills, Tribble and Alderson combining on a third-place finish (45.4).Next up for the Demons is the elite Cherry Creek Invitational on Saturday. The meet will serve as the final tune-up before the 4A Western Slope League championships.

Both Coal Ridge teams placed fifth in Craig.Tyler Guettler and Andy Bowles led the Titans with wins in a pair of field events. Guettler logged a top leap of 39-9 to capture the triple jump title, while Bowles cleared 5-10 to take the high jump.Elsewhere in individual events, Michael Palmgren placed second in the 3,200 (11:17.68) and Bowles third in the 110 hurdles (16.95).In the relays, Brent Hazzard, Chris Contreras, Cody Walls and Guettler combined on a 4×100 win in 44.43. Raul Oyarzabal, Michael Shaw, Walls and Contreras teamed up to win the 4×400 (3:35.86).Coal Ridge’s girls were dominant in the relays, winning the 800 sprint medley, finishing second in the 4×200 and 4×400 and taking third in the 4×100. Kelsey Gasaway, Kayla Hinkley, Kelsey Fauser and Alicia Hampton were responsible for the medley triumph (1:56.76).Mariela Martinez, Becca Mitchell, Hinkley and Hampton ran the 4×400 in 4:21.9 and Gasaway, Hinkley, Fauser and Mitchell ran the 4×200 in 1:52.84.Hinkley, Hampton, Martinez and Mitchell handled the 4×100 in 53.14.Martinez also placed second individually in the 400 (1:03.96).

Wins by Rocio Roman and Kristen Schubert helped Grand Valley’s girls to a sixth-place finish in Craig.Roman won the 100 hurdles (17.19), while Schubert outpaced the field in the 3,200 (13:22.82).Roman added a second-place finish in the 800 (2:34.5) and Schubert a silver finish in the high jump (4-10).Ashlynn Speakman, Jordan Steinke, Roman and Schubert teamed up to place third in the 4×200 (1:54.92).Grand Valley’s boys placed 10th in the team hunt.

Taila Howe’s third-place finish in the 100 (13.66) helped Roaring Fork’s girls to 10th in the girls standings.Walker Soucie posted the Rams’ top finish in the boys events, placing third in the high jump (5-8). As a team, the boys placed eighth.

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