Glenwood dominates home invitational |

Glenwood dominates home invitational

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – No sequence better encapsulated Saturday’s Demon Invitational than the day’s final event – the 4×400-meter relay.

Glenwood Springs’ girls, split into two foursomes, went first. The Demons finished first and second, and by a wide margin.

Next went Glenwood’s boys and, sure enough, the Demons scored a victory.

It was that kind of day for the hosts, who captured both the boys and girls team titles at the 30th installment of the Demon Invitational.

Even the weather cooperated, with sunny, blue skies providing a pleasant backdrop for the day’s proceedings. Save a very brief downpour in the early afternoon, Mother Nature dealt the Demons a near-perfect Saturday.

Those well initiated with the Demon Invitational know that’s a rarity. Nasty weather seems to pay the meet a visit every year.

“It’s the first sunny Demon I can remember,” Glenwood senior Wyatt Israel joked. “We had perfect running conditions, pretty much.”

Like the weather, the Demons were very much on their game.

“We’re on a roll right now with our home invitational,” Glenwood coach Blake Risner said. “That’s our goal, each year. We want a midseason peak for the Demon Invitational before we get back to training for the rest of the season. We want all the work done to date to go on the track this day. In my opinion, it certainly did.”

Allison Brown was a monster on the girls side of things, winning both the 100-meter dash (13.11 seconds) and the 400 (1:00.82). She also ran legs for the first-place 4×100 relay and the second-place 4×400 relay squad.

Brown was most impressed with her 400 performances. Though it’s a tortuous event in every way, the junior loves the feeling of accomplishment that accompanies a high finish.

“If I run it really well, my vision is blacking out by the end,” Brown said with a smile. “It’s just one of those things where it’s so hard that it’s almost fun because you get to conquer it. Every weekend, you go out there and try to run it a little bit faster.”

Madi Goodstein had a similarly dominant day, sweeping the hurdles. She crossed the line in 16.47 seconds to win the 100 and in 47.45 to win the 300.

Elsewhere for the Glenwood girls, Jolie Dubois won the 200 (26.6), Michaela Mansfield the 800 (2:33.35), Jackie Knott the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches) and Theresa Gabriel the triple jump (34-9).

The Demons swept the girls relays, taking the 4×100 in a meet-record time of 49.71, the 4×200 in 1:49.97, the 4×400 in a meet-record time of 4:04.73, the 4×800 in 10:28.19 and the 800 sprint medley in 1:53.24.

Glenwood’s boys also pulled off a relay sweep, winning the 4×100 in 44.89, the 4×200 in 1:35.1, the 4×400 in 3:33.9 and the 4×800 in 8:32.57.

Individually for the boys, Chad Montover won both the shot put (48-0 1/2) and the discus (132-10), setting personal records in both.

Also winning events were Travis Whitman (400, 50.67), Ryan Buchanan (300 hurdles, 41.88) and Wyatt Israel (long jump, 21-0 1/4).

Israel led a 1-2-3 Glenwood finish in the long jump. Whitman finished second (19-11) and Kellin Casey third (19-7).

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