Twin sixth-place finishes for the Mansfields |

Twin sixth-place finishes for the Mansfields

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

LAKEWOOD, Colorado – Andrew Mansfield hopes to one day look up at the Glenwood Springs High School track and field record board and see a couple of Mansfields up there.

His twin sister, Michaela, will soon have her name up there. And Andrew came awfully close to making it up there himself at the state track and field meet on Friday.

Bumping shoulders with the state’s best, Michaela held on for a sixth-place finish in the Class 4A 800-meter run final. She broke Katrina Selsor’s school record in the process, clocking in at 2 minutes, 18.67 seconds. Selsor’s now-former record mark – 2:18.68 – was set in 2008.

As for Andrew, he went toe to toe with Marco Salmen’s 3,200 record of 9:44.83, which was set in 2003. Mansfield finished in 9:47.62, good for sixth – a twin finish to that of his twin sister.

“It was a big day for those two,” Glenwood Springs coach Blake Risner said. “It’s interesting they both placed where they did.”

Michaela, the leading goal scorer for the school’s soccer team, is in her first year of track. With soccer always coming first, she hasn’t trained with the track team as much as her single-sport teammates.

It didn’t hurt her at state – likely because endurance is the foundation of both sports.

Michaela noticed another similarity between track and soccer.

“The beginning of the 800, there are so many shoulders and elbows,” she said. “It’s pretty much the same thing. I’m kind of, like, used to it. I don’t know. It’s hard to explain.”

As for Andrew, his 3,200 state experience was his first. He also went to state for cross country after finishing third at regionals in the fall.

A sixth-place finish suited him just fine. Andrew said the state atmosphere wasn’t nearly as intimidating as he anticipated.

“Actually, I was pretty surprised,” he said. “I wasn’t really nervous at all. I got back from my warm-up run and they had just started the two-mile for the girls. There really wasn’t any time to think.”

While it was their first trip to state, there’s little doubt both Mansfields will return. And, as a result, school records will no doubt fall.

“Next year, hopefully, I’ll get a school record,” Andrew said. “It’d be neat to see both names up there.”

Each Mansfield still has an event remaining at state. Andrew will run in today’s 1,600 and Michaela will run a leg of the Demons’ 4×400 relay.

Rifle sophomore Andrew Proebstle has learned a lot from his senior relay teammates. And he’s doing his best to help them go out winners.

With Proebstle running the anchor leg, the Bears nabbed third in the Class 4A 4×200 relay final in Lakewood on Friday. James Martinez, Tyler Rust and Joe Burgess took care of the first three legs as Rifle clocked a school-record time of 1:29.6.

“This is one of the better races we’ve done, as far as what we did right,” Proebstle said. “There was a lot more we did right than we did wrong.”

The Bears aren’t done. The same foursome will run in today’s 4×100 relay final, and Ryan Davis, Rust, Burgess and Proebstle will run the 4×400 relay.

Proebstle is relishing the chance to run with so many seasoned seniors.

“They’re always just helping me get through stuff,” he said. “They’re always there, supporting me. It’s just a good atmosphere with those guys. Absolutely.”

Red Mountain Monday and Lactic Acid Wednesday sound rather tortuous. And it’s those themed practices that have helped Glenwood Springs junior Jolie Dubois become one of the fastest runners in the state.

Crossing the line in 25.1 seconds, Dubois finished fourth in Friday’s 200 final.

She credits training, including the uphill sprints that make up Red Mountain Mondays and the punishing sprints run on Lactic Acid Wednesday, with helping her to a personal-best time at state.

“We train hard all year round,” Dubois said. “Coach, he coaches us hard all year for this. He’s doing the best he can to get us ready for it.”

As a result, Dubois accomplished her goal for the season.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “My goal this year was to be top five. I thought I had a chance. I wanted to, so I just went out there and tried my best.”

Dubois isn’t finished at state. She’ll run the 100 and legs of the 4×100 and 4×400 relays today.

“We’re hoping for state titles in the 4×1 and 4×4,” Dubois said. “We’re just all going to be out there tomorrow, giving everything we have. We’re all going to have a lot of fun.”

Glenwood Springs seniors Wyatt Israel and Theresa Gabriel represented the Demons in the long jump on Friday.

Israel took 11th in the boys competition, covering 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches with his top leap. Gabriel finished 15th on the girls side, jumping 15-2 1/4.

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