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Titans, Cardinals, Rams all start with today’s Delta Invitational

PEACH VALLEY – With a number of state placers returning to lead the way, coach Meggie Kirk likes what’s in store for Coal Ridge’s track and field team.

“We had a great year last year, entering athletes into 13 events and placing in seven of those events at state,” she passed along. “A strong group of young kids are ready to step out onto the track and compete with the best of them.”

The Titans’ returning state qualifiers include the likes of Chelyn McCain (hurdles and relays), Rachel Becker (sprints and relays), Kelsey Gasaway (sprints and relays) and Kathleen Maldonado (sprints and relays) on the girls side.

For the boys, Brandon Schlegel (long and triple jump), Colby Fauser (sprints and relays), Blake Rivers (sprints and relays), Dusty Hidbon (sprints and relays), Brent Hazzard (sprints and relays), Ryan Zelenka (400-meter run and relays), DaNivin Murphy (800 and relays) and John Tinker (relays) are all coming back.

Coal Ridge kicks off its season with today’s Delta Invitational.

PARACHUTE – Mark Jansen takes over as Grand Valley’s track and field head coach this season.

Jansen’s grabbing the reins from Sean Rice, who oversaw a successful 2009 squad that sent a number of athletes to state.

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork’s track and field program boasts healthy numbers as it embarks on the 2010 season.

The Rams are coached by Hadley Hentschel.

Hentschel and the Rams will look to make up for the loss of last year’s 3A long jump and triple jump champion, Tyler Thompson, and multi-time state qualifying thrower Jon Araujo. Both graduated.

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