Titan girls place fifth in 800 sprint medley, 4×200
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
LAKEWOOD, Colorado – They didn’t land a state title like their boys 4×200-meter relay team did, but Coal Ridge’s girls did come away from Friday’s Class 3A action at the state track and field tournament in Lakewood with a pair of fifth-place finishes.
The Titans clocked in at 1 minute, 54.02 seconds in the 800 sprint medley early in the day, and then went on to finish the afternoon 4×200 in 1:47.80.
Kelsey Gasaway took care of the first 100 meters in the sprint medley. Becca Mitchell followed with a 100 leg, Kayla Hinkley with a 200 and Mariela Martinez with a 400.
In the 4×200, it was Alicia Hampton, Hinkley, Mitchell and Martinez teaming up.
“We’re happy with it,” Mitchell said after the medley. “It’s good.”
“This is the best our girls have done,” added Hinkley.
If Rifle wasn’t going to defend its state title in Class 3A’s 4×200 relay, Andrew Proebstle is glad the title at least remained on the Western Slope.
Finishing third behind champion Coal Ridge and second-place Berthoud, the Bears clocked in at 1:30.77.
“It was a great race,” said Proebstle, who ran the anchor leg. “I’m happy for Coal Ridge, especially keeping it on the Western Slope. If we’re not going to get it, it should go to Coal Ridge.”
Kellin Leigh, Brandon Kittle and Lee Harrison ran the relay’s other three legs.
Elsewhere on the track, Rifle’s Aaron Wagler ran to seventh in the 800. He timed in at 2:00.00.
In the field events, Joey Kuheim placed fourth in the girls discus, topping out at 123 feet, 4 inches. Teammate Brittany Neuroth placed 15th (95-4).
Tani Jorgenson matched Kuheim’s place in the girls pole vault, clearing 9-6 for fourth.
Grand Valley’s Jordan Steinke logged a top leap of 33-5 1/2 to claim 10th in the 3A girls triple jump on Friday.
Steinke, a senior, will compete in the long jump today. After that, it’s off to Western State College in Gunnison, where she’ll compete in track and field.
“I’ve always had a dream of competing in college,” she said. “Western is a fantastic school. I know the area really well. I know some people there, and I really like the coach. I’m pretty excited.”
Steinke has now qualified for state four times in the long jump and twice in the triple jump.
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