Area Sports Briefs |

Area Sports Briefs

Glenwood Springs High School’s track and field teams hung with the big boys and girls on the Front Range at Saturday’s Cherry Creek/Grandview Invitational.

The Class 4A Demon girls took home a second-place overall finish, placing behind only Cherry Creek in a field loaded with 5A schools.

Meanwhile, Glenwood’s boys finished sixth. Like the girls, they were tops among 4A schools.

Joe Elliot and Doug Choate combined on a 140 to win the gross-score title at the weekend’s Rifle Creek Golf Course-hosted Gap Opener.

Tony and Cole Manupella took second (146) and Kirk Blaszyk and Mark Baurlau paired up to finish third.

Paul Nelson and John Lee (148) won the first flight and Red Wooley and Dave Ruechel (153) took the title in the second flight.

Jeff Otto and Marc Lillis won the championship flight’s net-score title (130). Doug Anderson and Mike Chastain (120) took top net honors from the first flight and Donnie Archuleta and Jim Farris (125) topped the second flight net standings.

Glenwood Medical Associates is sponsoring free sports physicals for Glenwood Springs High School and Glenwood Springs Middle School student-athletes at GMA on May 11.

Middle-schoolers will be admitted from 6:30-7:15 p.m. High-schoolers should report at 7:15 p.m. Physical forms can be picked up at the schools.

Dr. Bruce Lippman Sr. has organized this event for more than 20 years with the help of many local physicians who donate their time.

GMA is located at 1830 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs. Call 945-8503 for more information.

The 45th installment of the nation’s oldest high school kayak race is coming to Carbondale on Saturday.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s Crystal River Kayak Races features competition that’s open to the public, and all skilled paddlers who can competently negotiate Class II whitewater in a kayak or canoe are invited to participate.

This year’s races will be downriver only, beginning at the main bridge in River Valley Ranch and finishing at the CRMS bridge on County Road 106.

Registration is $20 and begins at 10 a.m. at the CRMS bridge with a mandatory competitors meeting at 11 a.m. The downriver races officially begin at 11:30 a.m. An awards ceremony at the CRMS bridge will immediately follow the competition.

Contact Tom McKee at for more information.

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