Rifle boys nab 3A team title at WSL championships
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A second straight state team title is definitely on the minds of the members of Rifle’s boys track and field team. But it’s not something with which they’re obsessed.
Instead, the Bears are taking it meet by meet.
“We do think about it, but it’s better just to think about what we’re doing that day,” Rifle junior Ryan Moeller said. “It’s nice to have big goals, but we’ve got to take care of the little things first.”
Moeller and the Bears certainly took care of the little things at the 3A Western Slope League championships at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium, which began Wednesday and wrapped on Friday.
Rifle ran away with the team title in the final tune-up for next weekend’s state meet in Lakewood, where the Bears won the 3A state title last May.
Moeller led the charge in Junction, winning the 200-meter dash (22.65), the 400 (50.11), the long jump (21 feet, 1 inch) and the triple jump (44-11 3/4).
Kellin Leigh won the pole vault, which was held Wednesday, clearing 11-1.
Aaron Wagler placed second in both the 400 (51.04) and the 800 (2:02.26).
Taylor Webb was second in the 300 hurdles (42.34) and the high jump (6-2 1/2). Andrew Proebstle was third in the 200 (23.15) and Brandon Kittle took bronze in the 100 (11.52).
In the relays, Rifle won the 4×200 in 1:31.93, the 4×400 in 3:28.15 and the 4×800 in 8:23.53. The Bears placed second in the 4×100 (44.15).
Rifle finished with 167 points to claim the team crown. Cedaredge was second with 130.
The Bears were fourth in the girls standings.
Joey Kuheim swept the throwing events to pace Rifle. She won the shot put with a toss of 39-1 1/2 and the discus with a throw of 128-3. Brittany Neuroth was third in the discus (100-7).
Carsyn Copeland was triumphant in the high jump, clearing 5-0 1/2. Tani Jorgensen was second in the pole vault (8-9) and Kelly Coombs third in the 3,200 (13:33.89).
The Bears’ 4×800 relay team picked up a win in 10:42.66.
Coal Ridge’s boys finished third behind first-place Rifle and second-place Cedaredge in Grand Junction.
Tyler Guettler took second in the 100 (11.34), the long jump (20-1) and the triple jump (41-7 1/2). Austin Reed was second in the discus (126-9).
Andy Bowles was third in the 300 hurdles (43.26).
The Titans won the 4×100 relay (44.12) and finished second in the 4×400 relay (3:28.98).
In the girls relays, Coal Ridge won the 800 sprint medley (1:54.14) and the 4×400 (4:12.88). The Titans were second in the 4×100 (52.24) and third in the 4×200 (1:49.2).
Individually for the girls, Britni Allen was the runner-up in the shot put (36-0 1/2).
Coal Ridge placed sixth in the girls team chase.
Rocio Roman and Jordan Steinke each recorded a trio of top-three finishes for Grand Valley’s girls, who placed fifth in the 3A girls standings.
Roman won the 300 hurdles in 48.95 and was second in the 1,600 (5:37.23). She also finished third in the 100 hurdles (16.88).
Steinke won the triple jump (34-4 1/2) and placed second in both the long jump (17-1 1/4) and the 100 (13.17).
Kristen Schubert was third in both the 400 (1:02.31) and the 800 (2:30.14).
In the girls 4×800 relay, the Cardinals ran to third in 11:08.
Benjamin Coleman had the top finish for Grand Valley’s boys, taking second in the 110 hurdles (17.15).
Taila Howe had a big day for Roaring Fork, zipping to second in the 200 (26.95) and placing third in both the high jump (4-10 1/2) and the long jump (16-8).
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