Local sports roundup: Titanic effort for Coal Ridge track and field at Hotchkiss Invitational
High finishes came in droves for Coal Ridge’s track and field teams at Saturday’s Hotchkiss Invitational.
On the boys side, speedy sophomore Chris Contreras led a 1-2 Titan showing in the 200-meter dash.
Contreras crossed in 24.11 seconds, tailed closely by second-place teammate Samuel Diedrich (24.4).
Coal Ridge actually had two more sprinters in the top five, with Cameron Cotton taking fourth in 25.42 and Brent Hazzard fifth in 25.47.
The Titans had a 1-2 finish in the 400 as well, with Raul Oyarzabal placing first (51.41) and Cody Walls second (52.15).
Coal Ridge’s boys won three relay events, claiming gold in the 4×100 (44.99), the 4×200 (1:34.12) and the 4×400 (3:37.75).
Hazzard, Contreras, Walls and Diedrich ran the 4×100, Hazzard, Oyarzabal, Walls and Diedrich the 4×200 and Cameron Dacuma, Contreras, Oyarzabal and Diedrich the 4×400.
The Titans’ 4×800 quartet of Michael Palmgren, Dacuma, Joseph Ramos and Javier Garcia took second in 9:16.27.
Elsewhere in track events, Andy Bowles and Trevor Kelly placed second and third, respectively, in the 110 hurdles. Bowles crossed in 16.53 and Kelly in 16.61.
Bowles took bronze in the 300 hurdles (44.89).
In the 100, Contreras zipped to third in 11.76.
In field events, Tyler Guettler nabbed second in both the long jump (20 feet, 1 inch) and the triple jump (40-4 1/2).
Coal Ridge’s girls had a similarly eventful day, notching a number of solid showings.
Freshman distance runner Mariela Martinez placed second in the 1,600, clocking in at 5:54.5. She added a third-place finish in the 800 (2:39.76).
In the 100 hurdles, Kelsey Gasaway posted a second-place finish in 18.27. Jasmine Vega placed third in the high jump (4-8).
In the relays, the Titan girls were second in the 800 sprint medley (1:58.98). Kayla Hinkley, Alicia Hampton, Martinez and Becca Mitchell combined on the silver showing.
The quartet of Gasaway, Hinkley, Hampton and Mitchell finished third in the 4×200 (1:53.61).
Roaring Fork’s Jacob Besser led the Rams in Hotchkiss with a second-place finish in the 3,200. He wrapped up his run in 11:17.48.
Emily Fuller notched Roaring Fork’s top finish on the girls side, placing fifth in the 400 (1:06.99).
Glenwood Springs Defiance Rugby Football Club is hosting a new player open house at the Eagles Club, 312 7th Street, on Friday, March 30 from 7 p.m. until the singing stops.
Defiance RFC has a 20-year-history of quality rugby and tight camaraderie, and the team plans to make 2012 a banner year. No experience is necessary, and new players are always welcome.
It’s an opportunity to join a brotherhood of athletes on and off the field. Defiance RFC also welcomes social members and Eagles brothers to celebrate the start of another great season.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.