Alderson paces Bears with two silvers
Post Independent Staff
AURORA ” Good things came in twos for area boys at the 2005 Class 4A state track meet.
Rifle’s John Alderson, Kyle Allee and Andrew Stone each won two state medals at the two-day meet, which wrapped up Saturday at Legacy Stadium.
Alderson earned his pair of state medals with second-place finishes in the long and triple jumps. Fittingly, Alderson needed two days to complete the task.
On Friday, the Bears senior nailed a school-record long jump of 23 feet, 31⁄2 inches. The mark equaled that of champ David Eischeld, of Longmont, who got the nod for first over Alderson by using fewer jumps to obtain the winning mark.
“I knew I could go that distance, that wasn’t surprising,” said Alderson, who planted the jump on his third and final attempt after scratching twice. “I was really hepped up about it when I hit it.”
Alderson secured his second state medal in Saturday’s triple jump, with a mark of 45-101⁄4.
Andrew Stone added to his trophy case by medaling in the shot put and discus. With the third-place shot put mark (51-61⁄4) and the fourth-place discus finish (146-10), Stone, who’s weighing college track offers from Adams and Western State, has racked up four state medals in two years.
“Andrew’s come so far since he came out for track as a sophomore. I’m really proud of him,” said Rifle throwing coach Stacey Ellibee.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted it to end,” said Ellibee, who, along with Stone, was hoping for a state title. “But, Andrew’s the only thrower I’ve coached in 14 years at Rifle who’s held the school record in both events at the same time.”
Rifle hurdler Kyle Allee had a lot to crow about in making both hurdle finals and taking home two medals.
In the 110 hurdles, Allee zipped to a fifth-place run of 14.87 seconds, putting his name in the school record books by eclipsing Ryan Enright’s three-year old mark of 14.89.
Later, in the 300, Allee took ninth place in the event for another state medal.
Jordan Robinson had to wait until Saturday to get a state medal. After missing the cut for the 100 and 200 meters, he rewarded himself with a fifth-place, 50.10 effort in the 400 finals.
Glenwood’s Chris Benson finished 10th in the triple jump finals in 42-51⁄4. He also qualified for finals in the high jump, but failed to post a height.
Rifle’s Ryan Chapman took 11th in the triple jump.
In his first state meet, Bears freshman Hazen Moss ran a 4:44.25 in the 1,600 for 18th place.
The Demons’ 4×200 relay team of Joe Schiavone, Benson, Jake Greer and Dustin Braeger buzzed in at 1:34.74 for 17th place.
Tyler Gose and Kyle Sanderson of Rifle were 14th in the 300 hurdles and 21st in the long jump, respectively.
Girls exit quickly
All six of the area’s girls state qualifiers saw their season come to an end Friday.
Rifle got season-best times from its 4×100 relay team and from Kendall Babler in the 100 hurdles, but fell short of qualifying for the finals.
The Bears relay team of Katie Buchanon, Lindsay Bowen, Babler, and Nicole Bendetti clocked in at 51.47, some four-tenths of a second faster than last week’s regional championship time mark.
Babler had her best time of the year in the 100 hurdles ” 16.76 ” in finishing 11th. In the same event, teammate Jessica Martinez came in at 16.98. In other action, the Bears medley relay team concluded the prelims in 2:00.32 for 25th place.
In the 800, Glenwood senior Abbey Walters finished her final high school race in 2:35.26. Junior Andrea Vincent, ran the 300 hurdle prelims in 50.22 for 18th place overall.
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