Sprinter Browning shines in Junction
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Taylor Browning’s senior season, a campaign that’s seen him blossom into one of the top sprinters in Class 3A, isn’t all his own doing. And the Roaring Fork High School senior will be the first to tell you that.
Or you could just look at his arms and chest.
“On this arm, I have my cross country coaches at Basalt,” Browning said as he pointed to left arm, on which he used a marker to write out the coaches’ names.
He then pointed to his right arm, where the names of his Glenwood club coaches were scribbled.
“These are my coaches in Glenwood – [Blake] Risner and [Mike] Kishimoto.”
Then he pulled up his shirt.
“On my chest, you’ve got all our Roaring Fork coaches.”
The message Browning’s trying convey?
“It’s kind of my way of saying that I didn’t get here on my own.”
With wins in the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the 400 at the Friday-Saturday 3A Western Slope League Championships, Browning continued his stellar senior campaign, one that will come to a close at next weekend’s state tournament in Lakewood.
Clocking a time of 11.04 seconds, Browning held off his twin brother, Zach, in the 100 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Zach finished in 11.24.
In the 200, Taylor crossed in 22.15 to hold off Rifle’s Andrew Proebstle (22.31) and Zach (22.62).
The Browning brothers went 1-2 in the 400, too. Taylor won in 48.87 and Zach clocked a 49.02. Proebstle took third in that one (49.08).
The Rifle junior has thoroughly enjoyed what’s become a friendly rivalry with the Brownings.
“I’m kind of worried about next year,” Proebstle said. “They’re seniors and I’m a junior. I don’t know who I’m going to run against any more.”
Proebstle’s teammates, Taylor Webb and Ryan Moeller, each won two events in Grand Junction.
Webb won the 110 hurdles (15.86) and the 300 hurdles (41.17).
Moeller took both the long jump (20 feet, 10 inches) and the triple jump (41-11 3/4).
The Bears, who finished second in the team standings, won three boys relays – the 4×100 (44.41), the 4×200 (1:31.07) and the 4×400 (3:26.95).
Rifle’s Carsyn Copeland won the girls high jump (5-1), Joey Kuheim the shot put (37-9 1/4) and Brittany Neuroth the discus (105-5).
Brandi Krieg scored a win in the 800 for Grand Valley (2:19.6). The Cardinals’ girls 800 sprint medley team also took first (1:54.2).
Glenwood Springs track and field coach Blake Risner wasn’t thrilled to see his girls team’s four-year streak of winning either the 4A Western Slope Regional or 4A league championships come to an end, but he isn’t losing sight of the bigger picture.
Next weekend’s state meet still awaits the Demons, who finished second behind in Battle Mountain at the 4A WSL championships in Grand Junction.
“I’m competitive,” Risner said. “The girls are competitive. They’ve taken a lot of pride in the run they’ve had the last few years and they didn’t want to see it go. Battle Mountain has an incredible young team and they fought tooth and nail, from the beginning to the end of the meet.”
Without any pole vaulters to score points, Glenwood fell behind the Huskies at the outset. The Demons were also without a few point scorers who were competing in a playoff soccer game at Palmer Ridge.
But Glenwood still has the state meet in its sights.
“We have some great opportunities ahead of us next weekend,” Risner said. “I fully expect this team to make the most of it.”
While they didn’t get the team title they coveted, plenty went right for the Demons in Grand Junction.
Jolie Dubois won both the 100 (12.61) and the 200 (26.14).
Madi Goodstein captured the 300 hurdles title (46.66) and Glenwood girls relays won the 4×100 (50.89), the 4×200 (1:46.41) and the 800 sprint medley (1:53.88).
Auston Tribble won the 100 for the Demons on the boys side, clocking in at 11.23. Glenwood finished second behind Palisade in the boys team hunt.
Ryan Buchanan took first in the 300 hurdles (42.11) and Chad Montover won the shot put (49-10 1/4).
The Demons added relay wins in the 4×200 (1:31.09) and in Saturday’s final event – 4×400 (3:27.41).
“The boys didn’t win a meet all season, and they had a goal to win this championship,” Risner said. “They got within four and a half points. When they realized they wouldn’t be able to close the gap, regardless of the 4×400 performance, the boys decided to show them that we’re strong, that we’re tough.”
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