Third annual Coal Ridge Invite a big draw |

Third annual Coal Ridge Invite a big draw

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

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – With an unprecedented 18 teams invading Peach Valley on Friday, the Coal Ridge Invitational has quickly become an established track and field meet.

Drawing a 5A school – Grand Junction – and numerous Class 4A and 3A powerhouses, the schools the Titans brought in made for a highly competitive afternoon.

“It was a really solid meet with all the league teams,” Coal Ridge coach Meggie Kirk said. “It was definitely competitive this year.”

Grand Junction won the boys title and Cedaredge the girls crown.

And the host Titans held their own, scoring eighth-place finishes in both the boys and girls team standings.

Coal Ridge’s girls 4×200-meter relay team picked up a win on its home track, zooming to first place in 1 minute, 51.72 seconds.

Kathleen Maldonado, Alicia Hampton, Kelsey Fauser and Lyndee Zelenka teamed up on the victory.

The Titans’ 4×200 relay team on the boys side took second in 1:32.81. The girls 800 sprint medley squad nabbed silver as well, clocking in at 1:58.88.

Taking third was Coal Ridge’s girls 4×400 relay (4:21.63).

A trio of Titans took third in individual events. Hinkley crossed third in the girls 800 (2:33.12). Olivia Black’s toss of 89 feet, 9 inches landed her bronze in the girls discus and Eliel Ruiz’s 2:04.77 run in the 800 landed him third place.

“We very pleased with all our athletes,” Kirk said.

“That’s how you want to end the night!” Rifle coach Jerry Shafer said in the wake of Friday’s meet-ending 4×400 relay.

The Bears’ Aaron Wagler, Jose Salazar, Tanner Rust and Andrew Proebstle ended their squad’s day on a high note, winning the 1,600 relay in 3:29.08 and helping Rifle to a second-place finish in the team standings.

Grand Junction took the team title with 115 points, finishing seven points ahead of the Bears. Delta was third (76).

Shafer and Rifle had plenty to be pleased with at Coal Ridge on Friday.

The hurdles were generous to the Bears, who saw Salazar outlast the field in the 300 (41.19) and take second behind teammate Taylor Webb in the 110 hurdles. Webb’s 16.09 run in the 110 edged out Salazar’s 16.76.

Webb also took third in the 300 (42.23).

Atop its relay victory in the 4×400, the Bears also nabbed gold in the boys 4×200. Webb, Ryan Moeller, Salazar and Proebstle teamed up to win it in 1:31.27.

Proebstle also picked up a win individually, taking the 400 in 50.83.

Webb took second in the high jump, clearing 6-2.

On the girls side, Brittany Neuroth picked up a win in the discus (104-0 1/2) and Carsyn Copeland won the high jump (5-0) for Rifle, which placed seventh in the team standings.

The Bears’ 4×800 relay team (10:34.15) managed a silver finish and Ashton Wilcox (1,600, 5:55.91), Crissie Boe (shot put, 33-9 1/2) and Rifle’s 4×100 relay quartet (53.37) all finished third.

Grand Valley’s Kristen Schubert, Cody Pfau, Rocio Roman and Brandi Krieg linked up to win the girls 4×800 relay and crush a school record with a time of 10:13.92 at Coal Ridge on Friday.

The foursome also helped the Cardinals to sixth place in the team hunt.

Rocio Roman also recorded an event win, taking the girls 300 hurdles in 50.5. Jordan Steinke was second in the long jump (15-10 1/2) and Kristen Schubert third in the high jump (4-10).

Grand Valley’s boys finished up 10th as a team, getting third-place finishes from Omar Melendrez (100, 11.54; 200, 23.16) and the Cards’ 4×100 relay squad (51.49).

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