Glenwood girls win big at Demon Invite
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Part of being a known commodity in the sports world is that everyone wants to beat you.
So far, that hasn’t fazed the Glenwood Springs girls track and field team one bit. The Demons, ranked by Colorado Track XC as the No. 2 girls program to watch in the preseason, are living up to the hype.
Winning its own Demon Invitational on Saturday, Glenwood made it four straight invitational victories to start 2011. And, as the Demons have grown accustomed to doing, they won it by a wide margin.
Glenwood’s 179.5 points outpaced second-place Fruita Monument by 103 points.
Junior Madi Goodstein said the Demons still catch teams off guard here and there.
“I think it’s weird for other schools,” she said. “They’re like, ‘Glenwood? Where are they?’ We have an amazing coach in [Blake] Risner. I hate him sometimes, but he definitely works us to be this good.”
Goodstein played a major role in Saturday’s runaway win, sweeping the girls 100- and 300-meter hurdles and helping the Demons to victory in both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Both relay teams are the defending state champions in 4A.
Goodstein teamed up with Connor Adams, Allison Brown and Jolie Dubois to win the 4×100 in 50.85 seconds. She ran alongside Dubois, Brown and Michaela Mansfield to clock a 4:12.37 in the 4×400.
Those are precisely the same quartets that won gold at the state meet in Lakewood last May. They were running together for the first time in 2011.
In the hurdles, Goodstein ran a personal-best 16.02 to win the 100 and a 46.67 to claim gold in the 300 hurdles.
“I’m so happy,” she said. “This meet was a breakthrough. I broke my life record in the 100. I was running like 16.1 and I just ran 16 flat. In the 300, I had been running 48. It was amazing. I came out here and ran a 46 and broke the meet record. I was so happy.”
While Goodstein swept the hurdles, the Demons swept the relays, adding wins in the 4×200 (1:49.93), 4×800 (10:14.7) and 800 sprint medley (1:53.95) to their 4×100 and 4×400 gold.
Dubois zipped to first in the 100 (12.73) and Jenna Brown outlegged the competition in the 1,600 (5:49.71) to account for Glenwood’s two other girls event wins.
The Demons also fared well in the boys standings, scoring 70 points to place second behind Class 5A Fruita Monument, which posted a team score of 125. Rifle took third (59) and Roaring Fork was fourth (48).
“Our boys will be something to be reckoned with,” Risner said. “We were missing a lot of big guns today for various reasons. We’re going to be at Fruita’s meet next weekend, so hopefully we’re fully loaded and ready to compete with them.”
Ryan Buchanan ran to a win in the 300 hurdles for the Demons. He timed in at 40.72.
Willy Pelland added a win in the shot put, covering 45 feet, 7 1/2 inches with his top toss.
Glenwood’s boys 4×400 relay ended the night with a bang, holding off Roaring Fork to post a victory in 3:35.03.
Twin brothers Taylor and Zach Browning love competing against one another.
“If you think you’ve seen rivalries … there’s just something about beating a guy with identical genetics,” Taylor said.
The Browning sibling rivalry has been mighty beneficial to Roaring Fork’s track and field program.
Taylor won the 100 (11.42) and the 200 (22.41) and Zach took the 400 (50.45) to lift the Rams to a fourth-place team finish in Glenwood.
Zach took second behind his brother in the 200 (22.84).
“Our coaches say you know it was a good meet when the Brownings only lose to other Brownings,” Taylor said with a smile. “Right now, every single meet that’s the way it’s been.”
The Brownings, both seniors, have big futures in track and field.
Taylor is headed to the University of Redlands in the fall. Zach is still in the midst of mapping out his college plans, but he will no doubt be competing somewhere next school year.
In the nearer future, both will gunning for high school state titles.
Taylor is currently ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A 100 and 200 rankings. Zach is No. 1 in the 400. Both have top-five times in all three events.
Taylor Webb’s 110 hurdles win helped Rifle to third in the Demon Invitational boys standings. Webb recorded a time of 15.95 to score the Bears’ lone individual event win on the boys side.
Both Rifle’s 4×100 and 4×800 relay teams were also victorious.
Webb, Ryan Moeller, Brandon Kittle and Andrew Proebstle won the 4×100 in 44.62. Aaron Wagler, Adam Rice, Jake Statler and Proebstle took the 4×800 in 8:40.62.
Joey Kuheim was Rifle’s sole winner in the girls competition. She tossed the shot put 37-9 to net a victory.
Brandi Krieg picked up Grand Valley’s lone Saturday win, speeding through the girls 400 in 1:00.76.
The Cardinals placed fifth overall in the girls team standings. They took seventh in the boys team hunt.
Ryley Sutton scored Aspen’s top finish in Glenwood, taking third in the girls 3,200 (12:52.07).
The Skiers finished 14th in the girls standings and 18th in the boys standings.
Basalt’s Drew Bair was the Longhorns’ top finisher. He took fourth in the 800 (2:10.1) at the Demon Invite.
Basalt finished 14th in the boys standings.
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