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4A Western Slope preps give their all

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

LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” The state track and field meet’s Saturday conclusion won’t mark the end of Glenwood Springs coach Blake Risner’s duties for the 2009 season.

He’ll be busy ordering new letters for his program’s record board.

“They’re filling up our new record board like crazy,” Risner said of his De⁄mons. “I’m going to be busy next week ordering the letters for it.”

The longtime Glenwood coach watched a pair of school records fall on the opening day of the 4A state meet in Lakewood on Thursday. He also saw nearly every Demon who participated in a preliminary advance to the finals as Glenwood kicked off the three-day affair with a bang.

“Overall, our kids really shined today,” a smiling Risner said. “I’ve seen the things I hoped to see at this point. They’re running better than they ever have.”

Shining a bit brighter than the rest were Glenwood’s girls 4×100-meter relay foursome and its boys 4×200 relay squad, who had memorable preliminary runs.

Meg Waibel, Laura Young, Connor Adams and Jolie Dubois powered the 4×100 group to a school-record clocking of 49.66 seconds, besting their own record of 50.3 and earning the fourth seed for Saturday’s final.

Wyatt Israel, Kurt Hartmann, Dakota Stonehouse and Travis Whitman combined to take down a 17-year-old school record in the 4×200, crossing the line in 1:30.61. The quartet will take the ninth seed into today’s final.

“We ran really well as a team,” Israel said. “I think we have a lot more in us.”

While they didn’t take aim at school records, Glenwood’s girls did take the No. 1 seed into the finals of both the 4×400 relay (4:00.35) and the 800 sprint medley (1:49.97).

The Demon boys 4×400 relay group took sixth in the prelims (3:25.78) to advance to the finals.

Individually, Jolie Dubois’ 25.89 prelim run in the 200 landed her in the finals as the eighth seed.

A few finals were featured on the Demons’ Thursday slate.

The girls 4×800 relay unit of Katrina Selsor, Abbey Barnes, Melissa Buchanan and Kristy Moore ran to eighth (9:55.44), while Theresa Gabriel nabbed 13th in the triple jump (34-3 3/4) and Greg Orosz’s toss of 47-41⁄4 landed him 14th in the shot put.

Today’s state track schedule features the 300-meter hurdles prelims in the morning with a slew of finals slated for the afternoon. No Demons remain in the field event hunt.

Risner hopes to see his squad keep up the good work as the action continues at JeffCo Stadium today and Saturday.

“I want to see season bests and lifetime bests the last two days,” he said. “The girls have been mentioned in the mix for second place. … It’s an honor to be mentioned in that category. It’ll give the kids confidence to go after it by scoring in relays and individual events.”

Rifle’s 4×400 relayers Ryan Davis, Humberto Guerrero, Tyler Rust and Joe Burgess made quite the splash in their Thursday preliminary run.

Crossing the line in 3:24.21, the Bears’ foursome grabbed the third seed for Saturday’s final. The mark fell just shy of the school-record 3:23.75 clocking the squad posted at last week’s 4A Western Slope League championships.

Rust attempted to shed light on what makes the quartet click.

“I don’t know. We’ve just all been friends for a while,” he explained. “We run for each other, I guess.”

Rust preceded the afternoon 4×400 run with a seventh-place morning showing in the high jump. The junior cleared 6 feet, 3 inches. Aldric Brown of Castle View won the event, clearing 6-7.

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