Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado – Prom night and a track and field invitational on the same day made for quite the juggling act for Rifle coach Josh Keppeler.
Regardless, his Bears more than got by.
On a sun-splashed Saturday, Rifle’s boys hung on for a team victory. The girls placed seventh.
“We weren’t really trying to blow it out with the scores,” Keppeler said. “We just wanted to get kids in as many events as possible before going to prom.”
The Bears finished ahead of second-place Elizabeth and third-place Coal Ridge in the boys team standings. Battle Mountain won the girls team title.
Winning events for Rifle’s boys were Ryan Moeller (400-meter run, 50.53 seconds), Aaron Wagler (800, 2:04.65) and the 4×800 relay quartet of Adam Rice, Jake Statler, Tanner Rust and Wagler (8:25.32).
Taylor Webb had a slew of second-place finishes, claiming silver in the 110 hurdles (15.59), the 300 hurdles (41.46) and the high jump (6 feet).
Rifle’s 4×200 relay team of Webb, Moeller, Kellin Leigh and Lee Harrison also placed second (1:31.77).
Moeller finished second in both the long jump (21-3) and the triple jump (44-4 1/4).
Rifle’s girls got an event win from Carsyn Copeland, who cleared 5-0 to win the high jump. Brittany Neuroth finished third in the discus (111-7).
In the 4×800 relay, Tani Jorgensen, Jasmine Figueira, Erika Salazar and Ashlyn Taylor teamed up on a second-place finish in 11:08.91.
“It was beautiful weather, a great day for a track meet,” Keppeler said. “It was nice.”
Coal Ridge’s boys were a force in the relays at Rifle, picking up wins in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 that helped lift the Titans to third place as a team.
Brent Hazzard, Chris Contreras, Cody Walls and Tyler Guettler clocked in at 44.21 in the 4×100, while Contreras, Raul Oyarzabal, Walls and Guettler completed the 4×200 in 1:31.15. Conteras, Oyarzabal, Walls and Michael Shaw finished up the 4×400 in 3:30.02.
In the 4×800 relay, Michael Palmgren, Cameron Dacuma, Joseph Ramos and Javier Garcia ran to third place in 8:50.68.
Andy Bowles cleared 6-1 to win the high jump in school-record fashion.
Palmgren placed third in the 3,200 (11:08.39) and Tyler Guettler third in the long jump (20-5 1/2).
Coal Ridge’s girls finished in a tie for eighth alongside West Grand.
The Titans placed second in the 4×100, the 4×200 and 800 sprint medley relays. Kelsey Gasaway, Kayla Hinkley, Mariela Martinez and Becca Mitchell ran a 52.88 in the 4×100, while Hinkley, Alicia Hampton, Martinez and Mitchell clocked in at 1:50.64 in the 4×200 and Hinkley, Kelsey Fauser, Hampton and Martinez recorded a time of 1:55.98 in the medley.
In the shot put, Britni Allen placed third with a toss of 32-8 1/2.
Rocio Roman won the 100 hurdles in 17.74, took second in the 300 hurdles (49.1) and placed third in the 1,600 (5:43.07) to help Grand Valley’s girls to a third-place team finish.
Jordan Steinke chipped in second-place finishes in the 100 (13.16) and the long jump (16-4) and third-place showings in the 200 (27.92) and the triple jump (33-0 1/4).
Lizbet Gonzalez, Jori Shaver, Kayla Fredrich and Korrie Hurt combined on a third-place finish in the 4×800 relay (11:35.56) for the Cardinals.
Taila Howe paced Roaring Fork’s girls in Rifle, winning both the 100 (13.09) and the long jump (16-4 3/4) at Bears Stadium.
As a team, the Rams finished 13th in the girls standings.
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