Grand Valley’s Krieg finishes in sixth place in 3,200 |

Grand Valley’s Krieg finishes in sixth place in 3,200

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

LAKEWOOD, Colorado – The 3,200-meter run isn’t Brandi Krieg’s favorite event. But she’s awfully good at it.

Krieg matched her best 3A showing in the two-mile on Thursday, legging out a sixth-place finish at the state track and field tournament in Lakewood. Her time: 11 minutes, 50.33 seconds.

“It’s not my favorite, but it’s something I can do better than the other ones,” Krieg said. “I just do it, I guess.”

The Classical Academy’s Kaitlin Hanenburg won Thursday’s 3,200 – one of the few finals held on state’s opening day – in 11:00.44.

Krieg had hoped for a better finish. The junior placed sixth last year and took fourth at the 2A meet back in 2008.

“I was hoping to have a better time, but I get what I get,” she said. “It’s not too bad.”

Two more finals await Krieg at Lakewood’s Jefferson County Stadium. She’ll compete in the 800 today and in the 1,600 on Saturday. Krieg also qualified for state in the 400 but opted to sit it out and concentrate on her distance events.

Krieg has strategies set for both of her remaining events.

“I’ve never run the 800 at state,” Krieg said. “I’ll just try to hang in there again, I guess. For the mile, I’ll just find some girl to go with that I can stay with.”

Krieg’s teammate, Sam Whelan, ran the boys 3,200 just moments after Krieg crossed the line. He finished up in 15th place (10:26.93).

“I wanted to do better,” said the Cardinals senior. “I was hoping to come away with a medal, but it was real tough.”

Brush’s Amos Bowen won the event, speeding to a time of 9:41.25.

Grand Valley’s Tanner Neil also had a Thursday final on his hands – the discus. He took 13th, logging a top toss of 127 feet, 11 inches.

Coal Ridge’s relay teams kept busy on Thursday, participating in both the 4×800 relay final and a number of preliminaries.

The boys took 12th in the 4×800 (8:35.62), while the girls finished up in 18th place (10:50.07). Eliel Ruiz, Carlos Rodriguez, Mark Langer and DaNivin Murphy ran for the boys and Kelsey Gasaway, Jordan Russell, Ashley Roper and Kayla Hinkley ran for the girls.

In other finals action, Brandon Schlegel jumped to 11th in the triple jump (41-0 1/4).

In preliminaries, the Titans’ 4×400 boys relay team and its 4×200 girls and 800 sprint medley girls all advanced to the finals.

Also of note in the preliminaries, Chelyn McCain clocked the second-best time in the girls 100 hurdles (15.46) and Colby Fauser made the finals by finishing seventh in the boys 200 (22.95).

Roaring Fork’s Taylor Browning made the finals in both the 200 and 400 with solid preliminary showings. His time of 23.07 in the 200 landed him eighth and his mark of 50.22 in the 400 was good for third.

Zach Browning was also good in the 400, heading to the finals with the fifth-best prelim time (50.65).

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