Area sports briefs
DURANGO/WINTER PARK, Colorado ” The Sunlight Ski Team had a busy weekend, with racers swarming the slopes at Purgatory and at Winter Park.
The team started off with a win in the first J4 super-G of the season.
Grace McSwain had a flawless run, skiing her fastest line and winning first place by nearly a half-second in a Jan. 24-25 event at Purgatory. It was her first win ever in a United States Ski and Snowboard Association competition.
Luke Proscence raced his way to 14th place in his first super-G race. His skiing improved each race and he was on his way to a potential top-six finish in the second super-G when he risked a straighter line and missed a gate. He was a fraction of a second out of sixth place on his final competition and finished a respectable 12th.
Liam Mulhall had his career-best performance by finishing on the front page in the second race. He was 15th. He was on his way to another high finish when his ski pre-released and he fell.
Cooper Cornelius competed against all the top J5s in the division this past weekend at Winter Park. He continued his podium streak with two third-place slalom finishes and was second best overall in combined time.
That is six top-three finishes in a row for Cornelius, including a giant slalom win at Loveland early this month.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springers track club opened its indoor season this past weekend by competing in the Martin Luther King Jr. Mile Hi Classic.
Three athletes represented the local program on Sunday at the Air Force Academy Fieldhouse in Colorado Springs. All three boys participated in this meet a year ago and can boast over their improvement from 2008.
Kellen Fockler’s 5 minute, 18.34 second run in the mile shaved seven seconds off his time from last year, while Garrett Brown and Travis Whitman ran faster times in their specialty events ” the 800- and 400-meter runs.
Whitman’s 400 performance of 53.41 seconds registered considerable improvement over his 56.27 at the 2008 Mile Hi Classic. This improvement should place him as one of the quarter-milers to beat on the Western Slope this season.
Next on the schedule for the winter season will be the Colorado Indoor Championships at the University of Colorado in Boulder on Feb. 7. Any local athletes who are interested in participating should contact coach Blake Risner at 384-5517.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs High School is holding a meeting for parents of athletes interested in playing lacrosse tonight at 6 p.m. at the high school.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs High School’s scheduled wrestling dual with Grand Valley is now a tri meet with Grand Valley and Delta.
The Demons will hit the mat against Delta at 5 p.m. and will wrestle against Grand Valley at 6 p.m.
NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Registration is now open for youth soccer and wrestling (ages pre-kindergarten to eighth grade).
Register online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org or stop by the New Castle Community Center in downtown New Castle.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Art of Defense mixed martial arts studio is welcoming Gi-less Jiu-Jitsu trainer Justin Ellison to Glenwood Springs for a seminar on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 984-2109. Stop in at Art of Defense (910 Grand Avenue) to pre-register, or call. Space is limited.
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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.