Dynastic Demons: Girls win another title
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Watching the Glenwood Springs girls track and field team rack up point after point at the 4A Western Slope League Championships left at least one Demon boy a little jealous.
“I wish they could share some of their points with us,” Glenwood junior Chad Montover joked.
He was only kidding, of course. Still, the statement did justice to what the Demon girls accomplished at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Thursday and Friday.
Amassing 221 points, Glenwood’s girls rolled to their fourth consecutive league or regional team title. The next closest point total: Palisade’s 125.
And the boys weren’t left out of the fun either, sharing a league championship with Moffat County. The two squads finished up with 141 points apiece in a race that went down to the wire. It was the second straight league crown for the Demon boys.
“It’s very meaningful to have all the kids come together for a common task,” Glenwood Springs coach Blake Risner said. “The girls, obviously, were heavy favorites, but they still performed. The boys, going in, were probably third behind Rifle and Moffat County. They stepped up to the task every step of the way. They fought harder than they’ve ever fought.”
All told, the Demons produced 14 individual league titles – 10 for the girls and four for the boys.
Jolie Dubois, named 4A’s top female performer by coaches, won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She clocked a personal-record time of 25.32 seconds in the latter.
Dubois, who posted a time of 12.61 in the 100, also ran legs of the title-winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
With her award in hand, Dubois just seemed happy to have contributed to a team title.
“I think it’s just exciting,” she said. “I’m just glad to help the team.”
A number of other Demons chipped in with individual titles on the girls side of things.
Michaela Mansfield won the 800 in a time of 2:20.16. Madi Goodstein took the 100 hurdles (16.08) and Kristy Moore won the 300 hurdles (46.5).
In the field events, Jackie Knott cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump. Theresa Gabriel won the triple jump (36-2 1/2) and McKenzie Nelson-Buehler tossed 33-9 to take the shot put.
And then there were the relays. The Demons won both the 4×100 (49.85) and 4×400 (4:00.94).
Winning individual titles for the boys were Travis Whitman (400, 50.48), Ryan Buchanan (300 hurdles, 40.11), Wyatt Israel (long jump, 21-4 3/4) and Montover (shot put, 50-7 1/2).
Montover, a second-year thrower, said things are starting to click for him.
“This year, I’ve just been building more strength,” he said. “Since last year was my first year, I just got to really know shot put. This year, I’ve been able to work more on technique and actually getting it down. Basically, at the end of last year I’ve started to pick it up. This year, I actually know what I’m doing.”
And he’ll likely make the May 20-22 state meet in Lakewood as a result.
The Demons will find out exactly how many state qualifiers they’ll have later this weekend.
Beginning last season, Class 4A adopted a new state qualification system. Event-by-event rankings are kept during the season and athletes holding the state’s top 18 marks in each event are invited to the state meet. Those rankings will be finalized and released this weekend.
Risner said he expects to have roughly 20 state qualifiers.
Said Montover: “It’s amazing to see.”
Behind three relay victories, Rifle’s boys finished in a tie for third with Palisade in the team hunt.
James Martinez, Tyler Rust, Joe Burgess and Andrew Proebstle teamed up on two of those relay golds, speeding to first in both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. The Bears clocked in at 44.13 in the former and at 1:30.46 in the latter.
Ryan Davis, Proebstle, Rust and Burgess then finished off Friday with a 4×400 win. Their time: 3:22.86.
Proebstle delivered Rifle’s lone individual league title, blazing to first in the 200 (22.65). The red-headed sophomore has always been fleet-footed.
“I’ve done track since seventh grade,” he said. “Sprinting was just my thing at the beginning.”
Once he got to high school, Proebstle picked up cross country. The distance training he gets there has improved his speed.
“It gives me much better endurance,” he said. “I get good turnover with my legs, especially on the 400. You get tired at the end and, in the sprint to the finish, it feels like cross country toward the end of three miles. You’re so tired, but you just go for it.”
By going for it, Proebstle will likely run at state next week.
Winning a league title for Rifle’s girls was the 800 sprint medley relay foursome of Kathryn Armstrong, Melissa Crow, Natalie Whitmore and Makayla Wilkins. They clocked in at 1:54.71.
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