Strong showing for Coal Ridge at home meet |

Strong showing for Coal Ridge at home meet

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

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Not even a bulky, blue cast could slow Coal Ridge’s Chelyn McCain at her school’s home track and field meet.

Despite breaking a bone in her wrist at practice two days earlier, the senior still powered her way to wins in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles at Friday’s Coal Ridge Invitational.

McCain’s victories helped the Titan girls to a fourth-place showing in the team standings, a feat matched by the Coal Ridge boys.

As she made a Friday morning visit to the doctor, McCain didn’t think she’d have the chance to compete at her home meet.

“I didn’t think it was broken, but I had a lot of pain,” she said. “I thought, ‘I’m not going to be able to run.’ But the doctor told me I could still run.”

And run she did, clocking in at 16.06 seconds in the 100 hurdles and at 48.48 in the 300. She edged the 16.47 posted by Hotchkiss’ CeCe Peiper in the former and 50.17 put up by Gunnison’s Megan Fuentes in the latter.

McCain said she was pleasantly surprised that her brand-new cast, already littered with signatures from teammates, didn’t really affect her ability to compete.

“I thought it’d hold me back a lot more,” she said. “It’s actually pretty light.”

As for McCain’s teammates, plenty turned in top-three performances.

On the boys side, Blake Rivers ran to second in the 100, crossing the line in 11.43. Colby Fauser took third in the 200 (23.26), Geovany Sabillon third in the 3,200 (11:40.21) and Brandon Schlegel third in the long jump (19 feet, 11 inches).

In the boys relays, the Titans were second in the 4×100 (45.25), second in the 4×200 (1:34.35) and second in the 4×800 (8:53.16).

Coal Ridge’s girls proved equally proficient in their relay events, nabbing first in the 800 sprint medley (1:55.06), second in the 4×100 (52.61) and third in the 4×200 (1:53.63).

Lyndee Zelenka, Kathleen Maldonado, Rachel Becker and McCain linked up to win the sprint medley.

Individually, Maldonado finished third in the 100 (13.38) and Kayla Hinkley claimed third in the 400 (1:06.37).

The solid home showing was an encouraging one for the Titans, who have been making a habit of high finishes in meets this season. They didn’t stray from that trend on Friday, adding two top-five performances to the list.

“We’ve been really getting up there,” Fauser said. “The girls have placed real high in every meet. And then we’re usually always in the top five. It’s really nice to see, especially at big meets like this with lots of schools.”

Friday’s second annual Coal Ridge Invite featured 16 scoring teams.

Rifle fielded a partial squad at Coal Ridge’s meet, finishing second in the boys team standings and fifth among girls squads.

Leading the way for the Bears were Joe Burgess and Natalie Whitmore.

Burgess placed first in the boys 400, clocking in at 51.14.

Whitmore won the girls 200 (27.57) and ran to a silver finish in the 100 (13.2).

Finishing second in events for Rifle were Andrew Proebstle (boys 200, 22.89) and Jake Massey (boys shot put, 42-10). Taking third were Tyler Rust (boys high jump, 6-2) and Melissa Crow (girls 200, 28.52).

Humberto Guerrero, Adam Rice, Ryan Davis and Jeo Mendez combined on a first-place finish in the boys 4×800 relay for the Bears. The quartet clocked a time of 8:45.88.

Rifle’s boys also took third in both the 4×100 (45.71) and 4×200 relays (1:34.52).

Bears’ relay squads took second in the girls’ 4×200 (1:51.24) and 800 sprint medley (1:57.19).

Brandi Krieg was Grand Valley’s lone event winner, though the Cardinals boasted plenty of top-three finishes.

Krieg took home first in the girls 800, finishing up in 2:26.78. She fell a fraction of a second shy of winning the 3,200, using a late charge to nearly catch Paonia’s Johanna Reed down the stretch. Reed’s time of 11:52.10 narrowly edged out Krieg’s 11:52.17.

Jared Tonder grabbed silver in the boys 300 hurdles, crossing in 42.62. He added a bronze finish in the 110 hurdles (16.43).

Sam Whelan scored a pair of top-three distance finishes for the boys. He ran to second in the 3,200 (10:44.4) and to third in the 1,600 (4:52.5).

Tanner Neil logged a top toss of 121-10 to finish second in the boys discus for the Cardinals. Caitlin Brady’s heave of 31-3 in the girls shot put landed her third.

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