Rifle boys speed to 4×400 relay silver in state final
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Rifle’s 4×400-meter relay team knew Valor Christian and Evergreen would be tough, but the Bears had no idea Fossil Ridge would pose such a threat.
Placing behind only those SaberCats, Rifle’s relayers finished off the state track and field meet with a second-place finish in Class 4A’s 4×400 final on Saturday.
“I’m happy with that,” said senior Ryan Davis, who ran the race with fellow seniors Tyler Rust and Joe Burgess and sophomore Andrew Proebstle. “Fossil Ridge ran a really good race. If you ask me, Fossil Ridge won that race rather than us losing it. We ran really great. We were prepared for Valor and Evergreen. We didn’t know about Fossil Ridge. They surprised us.”
Fossil Ridge did come from nowhere to clip the Bears.
With a preliminary time of 3 minutes, 22.98 seconds, the SaberCats entered the final with the sixth-fastest time in the field. Evergreen, Valor Christian and Rifle went 1-2-3, respectively, in Thursday’s prelims.
But Fossil Ridge managed a 3:19.27 in the finals to win it. The Bears were close behind at 3:20.28, a school-record time. Evergreen finished third (3:20.43) and Valor fourth (3:22.47).
“We ran our hearts out,” Burgess said. “Everyone did. We all run our guts out. That’s what we wanted to do.”
Glenwood also competed in the 4×400, finishing ninth (3:25.12).
Rifle’s 4×100 relay quartet of James Martinez, Rust, Burgess and Proebstle also competed in a final on Saturday, nabbing eighth (43.83).
Martinez had more than just the relays to deal with on Saturday. The senior also competed in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet and finishing fourth.
Glenwood Springs’ Jolie Dubois hoped for a top-five finish in the 100 to go along with her fourth-place finish in Friday’s 200 final.
She got it.
Dubois, a junior, zipped to fifth in 4A’s 100 final on Saturday, crossing the line in 12.69.
“I love going to state,” she said. “It’s one of those fun things I look forward to all year. Next week, I’ll probably already be looking forward to next year. It’s just a lot of fun.”
Glenwood’s Madi Goodstein made a go of it in Saturday’s 300 hurdles final. She took ninth with a time of 47.1.
Ryan Buchanan qualified for the final in the boys 300, but did not start.
Glenwood’s Andrew Mansfield and Rifle’s Dustin Ross finished a spot apart in Saturday’s 1,600 final.
Mansfield’s time of 4:38 landed him 14th place. Ross’ mark of 4:38.72 was good for 15th.
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