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Glenwood Springs junior heaves to a fifth-place shot put finish at state

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

LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Chad Montover was happy just to be at state. He never could have imagined what would happen once he got there.

Hanging with the big boys in the shot put, the Glenwood Springs junior exceeded his wildest expectations with a fifth-place finish among Class 4A competitors at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Thursday.

Montover topped out with a heave of 50 feet, 11 1/2 inches – a personal record.

“I’m happy with it,” he said with a smile. “I’m just glad I made it to state. Top five, to me, is a huge thing. It’s awesome.”

Arvada senior Mark Weeks won the event, covering 55-10 1/4 with his best throw. The four throwers in front of Montover were all seniors.

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That should give the Demon junior plenty of motivation with which to train as he heads into the summer.

“A school record and just to place higher at state are my goals for next year,” he said. “I have a lot more work I need to do to become better.”

Montover trains with more than track and field in mind. He also plays football for the Demons. That means lots of weight-lifting is on the horizon.

As is a bright future in the shot put.

“Chad’s fifth place was awesome,” Glenwood head coach Blake Risner said. “He’s got such a laid-back attitude, but when he steps in the circle, he’s a competitor. It was neat to see him PR and get that fifth-place medal.”

Setting a school record in the process, Glenwood’s girls sped to fifth place in Thursday’s 4×800-meter relay final.

Kristy Moore, Sarah Treese, Jackie Knott and Michaela Mansfield linked up on the record run, clocking in at 9 minutes, 46.79 seconds.

“They ran incredibly well,” Risner said. “I think they broke the school record. It was a high-quality record, with Melissa Buchanan and Katrina Selsor and some others on there. They have a lot to be proud of.”

Treese, the only senior of the bunch, certainly seemed proud.

“We were ranked seventh coming in, so we knew we could get up there,” she said. “Going two places higher was definitely great.”

In other finals action on Thursday, Glenwood’s boys 4×800 team of Andrew Mansfield, Garrett Brown, Vinson Marr and Ryan Buchanan ran to eighth (8:16.44) and Theresa Gabriel took 12th in the girls triple jump (34-11 1/4). In the high jump, Jackie Knott failed to record a height.

Also of note on Thursday, the Demons’ girls 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams hammered down top-two preliminary times.

The 4×100 team (Connor Adams, Madi Goodstein, Jolie Dubois, Michaela Mansfield) sped to first in its prelim (49.08). The 4×400 squad (Allison Brown, Goodstein, Jolie Dubois, Mansfield) finished second (4:02.2).

Rifle’s Joe Burgess and Andrew Proebstle put their team ahead of individual success, punting their open events to focus on a busy day of Thursday relays.

Burgess, a senior, qualified for state in the 400 and Proebstle, a sophomore, made it in the 200. With potential for major relay success, both decided to pass on their individual events.

“I wanted the relays a lot more,” Burgess said. “I think, if I would have run the open 4, I’d definitely be tired out. I don’t know. I don’t want to let these guys down, for sure. I think we’ve got a shot.”

The decision proved wise enough. Burgess and Proebstle helped the Bears through to the finals in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

“We talked to them last night,” Rifle coach Jerry Shafer said. “All the coaches brought them in and gave our opinion of what we wanted them to do. They all said, ‘OK, relays first.’ Because the other three guys depend on them.”

The 4×200 relay final is slated for today, while the 4×100 and 4×400 finals are on the docket for Saturday.

In finals action on Thursday, Rifle’s 4×800 relay (Dustin Ross, Jeo Mendez, Adam Rice, Jimmy Coombs) placed 18th (8:43.37) and Tyler Rust took 11th in the high jump (6-0).

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