Area squads strut their stuff at Demon |

Area squads strut their stuff at Demon

Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

Any doubt of area track teams being deep in the hunt for a regional title at next month’s Western Regional Meet in Grand Junction were laid to rest by the end of Saturday’s Demon Invitational.

Class 4A teams Glenwood Springs and Rifle appear to be right on target for a serious run at both the girls and boys titles with top six finishes for both teams.

The Demon boys bested the Bears with a fifth place finish to Rifle’s sixth. The two schools placed higher in the girls meet, but flipped positions.

The Rifle girls, with 931⁄2 team points took second place. Glenwood was third with 78 points. Hotchkiss won the girls meet with 106 points. Eagle Valley, with 67 points, was the boys champ.

Likewise, the Roaring Fork boys, with a surprising second-place tie, appear to be ready to make some noise at May’s 3A regional at Stocker Stadium.

All three schools had success in the relay events.

Glenwood, posted wins in the girls 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays. The Rifle girls won three relay events.

“It was definitely awesome that we won both relays on our home turf,” said Demon junior Nicole Wagner, who ran the anchor leg in both events. “The wins give us more confidence.”

In the girls 4×100, the Glenwood foursome of Andrea Vincent, Leah Hinkey, Amber Sutherland and Wagner whizzed to a 51.77 win by 1.5 seconds over Hotchkiss.

The Demons, with the same four runners in the same positions, ripped off a seasonal best mark of 1:49.89 in the 4×200, beating runner-up Soroco by two seconds.

Rifle’s Savannah Beecraft had a hand in two of the Bears’ relay wins.

The senior ran the anchor leg in Rifle’s 4×800 relay, with a 10:33.71 time well ahead of second-place Basalt’s 10:51.47 mark. Beecraft, in the No. 3 spot on Rifle’s 4×400 relay team, helped her team to a 4:15.57 first-place time.

And Roaring Fork’s boys also captured a Demon Invite relay title, a 8:55.97 winner in the 4×800.

Individually, Sutherland was the area’s only individual event double-winner. In the shot put, the Demon senior out-threw Hotchkiss’ Candice Gibbs for the gold medal, with a 36-foot, 113⁄4-inch toss to Gibbs’ 33-11.

Sutherland posted a season-best 120-71⁄2 mark to wrap-up the discus by four-plus feet over Robyn Scherer of Cedaredge.

Other outstanding times by area girls on Saturday included Rifle’s Ali Little, who took the girls 200 in 26.38 and finished third in the 400, runner-up marks by Hinkey in the 100 and Rifle High athletes Heather Anderson and Montanah Matthies in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, respectively.

One new girls meet record was set by Hotchkiss in the 800 meter sprint relay. The Bulldogs squad of Teresa Bell, Anna Cowan, Silke Watson and Rachel Schmucker clocked in at 1:52.83, one one-hundredth of a second faster off the old record set by West Grand in the 2001 meet.

Roaring Fork’s Tommy Joiner and Rifle shot-putter Andrew Stone earned individual first-place marks among area boys. Joiner took the long jump title beating his Ram teammate, James Leonard with a 19-10 leap to Leonard’s 19-5.

Stone, who set a personal best of 50-5 at Friday’s Wildcat Invitational in Grand Junction, followed that effort up with a 49-01⁄2 winner on Saturday, ahead of Basalt’s Hank Kindall (45-4) and Glenwood’s Ryan Erickson (42-101⁄2).

The Demons Chris Benson also had a good day. The Demon sophomore was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

In the boys 110 high hurdles Eagle Valley’s Brad Gamble had the performance of the day with a meet-record time of 14.66 seconds to better the two-year old meet record of 14.89 set by his brother Chris Gamble.

– On Friday, Rifle rang up a string of good times at the Wildcat Invitational.

On the way to a second-place team finish in the girls meet, Little posted a school-record 26.12 time while winning the 200. She also won the 400 in a time of 1:01.15.

Brian Hileman had the Bears’ other individual win ” a 11.23 mark in the boys 100.

For more results see scoreboard on page 14.

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