Roaring Fork’s Browning earns bronze in 400 |

Roaring Fork’s Browning earns bronze in 400

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

LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Zach and Taylor Browning gravitated toward the 400-meter dash because it’s easier to build up endurance than to make gains in the speed department.

Wise choice.

The identical twin brothers from Roaring Fork High School came away from the state track and field meet having left their mark on Class 3A’s 400 field, with Zach zipping to third in 50.5 seconds and Taylor to sixth in 51.53.

“I was just so excited for the top three,” Zach said. “I was surprised. I thought I was going to get eighth or something. I wasn’t sure. Once I saw top three, I was just excited.”

Though he finished behind his brother, the ever-competitive Taylor still has his brother beat in one department.

“Of course, I’d rather be on the podium, but I still have the school record, which I ran in the prelims,” he said with a grin. “So that’s always nice.”

Taylor’s record mark: 50.22.

As juniors, the state meet likely hasn’t seen the last of the Brownings.

“Next year, we’ll hopefully be 1-2,” Taylor said. “With me being one, of course.”

Coal Ridge’s Chelyn McCain followed up Friday’s 100 hurdles silver with 300 hurdles bronze on Saturday.

It was her second straight top-three finish in the 300. She took second last year.

McCain fought a whipping wind that blew all Saturday while clocking a time of 46.53.

“A lot of us could have done better times if the wind hadn’t been there,” she said. “Right when you hit that corner, it hit you hard. Like a wall.”

Regardless, McCain seemed happy with what she’s accomplished the past two years at state. She now has two silvers and a bronze.

“Not bad, no,” she said. “I’m just glad I made it as far as I did.”

Coal Ridge’s 4×400 relay team went out with a bang, finishing fifth in Saturday’s final state track and field meet event.

The foursome of Mark Langer, Eliel Ruiz, Blake Rivers and Colby Fauser put up a time of 3:28.52.

Coal Ridge junior Ashlie Bowles soared to seventh in the long jump on Saturday. She covered 16 feet 10 3/4 inches with her best leap.

“I’m happy with it,” Bowles said. “I could have done better in the long jump, but my steps were off this morning. So it kind of affected the way I jumped. Overall, I’m happy with how I did.”

Bowles took sixth in the triple jump on Friday.

Grand Valley sophomore Jordan Steinke also competed in the long jump, finishing 19th (13-4 3/4).

Grand Valley had ample representation in Saturday’s Class 3A 1,600 finals.

Senior Sam Whelan capped his high school career with a 15th-place showing (4:51.21) in the boys race, while junior Brandi Krieg ran to seventh (5:27.61) in the girls race.

Grand Valley senior Caitlin Brady brought her high school track and field career to an end with a 17th-place finish in the shot put on Saturday. Brady topped out at 30-6 1/2.

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