Area Sports Briefs
Glenwood Springs’ track and field girls came home from Saturday’s Mickey Dunn Invitational at Grand Junction’s Lincoln Park with heads held high, taking home fourth place in the team standings (76) and four first-place finishes.
Relays were clearly the Demons’ strong suit, with gold performances in both the 4×400-meter relay and 4×800. Meg Waibel, Melissa Buchanan, Laura Young and Taylor Goodstein teamed up to post a winning time of 4:17.16 in the former, and Katrina Selsor, Abbey Barnes, Buchanan and Sharaya Selsor clocked in at 10:21.27 in the latter. The Demons topped Battle Mountain by nearly a minute in the 4×800.
Individually, Katrina Selsor dominated the 3200, beating Gunnison’s Anna George by almost 56 seconds with a time of 11:49.41.
Melissa Buchanan chipped in with a win in the 1600 (5:40.51) and Young took second in the 300 hurdles (49.23).
For Rifle, Natalie Whitmore, Lyndsey Bowen, Nicole Bendetti and Kimmy Lyons teamed up to finish second in the 4×200 relay with a time of 1:53.45. The same foursome also grabbed second in the 800 sprint medley (1:59.7) and third in the 4×100 relay (53.98).
The Bear girls placed ninth (35) in the team standings. The team title went to Fruita Monument, whose 130.5 points topped the field of 14 scoring squads.
Rifle’s boys took home fifth in the team standings with 41. Palmer won the boys team title with 173. Glenwood placed 12th with 19 points.
The Bears’ quartet of Tyler Rust, Tyler Chapman, Tyler Thompson and Nick Alderson timed in at 3:35.18 in the 4×400 relay to nab silver and the team’s highest finish of the afternoon. Thompson, Kale Roberts, Alderson and Ryan McIntosh grabbed third in the 4×100 relay (45.05).
In what was supposed to be a home doubleheader, Roaring Fork traveled to Olathe to play two.
The unexpected road trip was a rough one for the Rams, who dropped the opener 16-6 and the nightcap 5-4.
Matt Alberico and Jake Kinney each belted two-run homers for Roaring Fork in the 5-4 defeat, but errors played a critical role in the game slipping away.
Kyle Raaflaub got the start for the Rams (1-5) and pitched effectively, according to coach Steve Kinney.
In the lopsided opener, Jake Kinney worked four innings and Oscar Beltman saw time in relief.
Roaring Fork next hits the diamond for a doubleheader at Hotchkiss on Saturday. The first pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
Samantha Wilson, not Drew Simonson, scored a goal in Coal Ridge’s 9-0 win over Olathe on Saturday. The Post Independent apologizes for the error.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.