Area track athletes shine at Hotchkiss Invitational
Stars on all three area prep track teams had their moments at Saturday’s Hotchkiss Invitational meet. Other track athletes earned time in the spotlight as well.
In the boys meet, Rifle’s Ryan Enright, David Suminski, Justin Steffen and Brent Lawson made outstanding efforts.
Those marks, combined with the Bears overall depth earned Rifle 78 team points – good enough for second place.
Grand Junction won the team championship with 116 points; Glenwood Springs, with 41 points, finished seventh.
Enright set a new meet record of 15.34 seconds while winning the 110-meter hurdles. Later, the Bear senior finished fifth in the 300 hurdles.
Suminski blazed to a 23.16 finish in the 200-meter dash, besting Grand Junction’s Tremaine Watson by two-tenths of a second. Steffen took third place in both hurdle events, recording times of 16.38 and 44.81 respectively.
And Lawson recorded a third-place time of 52.67 in the 400-meter run, edging teammate Mike Birdsley into fourth place.
The Bears also fashioned strong times in the relay events, taking second place in the 4 x 200 meter relay in 1 minute, 35:59 seconds, third place in the 4 x 100 relay (46.09) and fourth in the 4 x 800 relay (8:54.58).
Rifle shotputter Ryan Gilbert hit the best field event mark among area boys at Hotchkiss. His 45 foot, 10 inch toss earned him third place overall.
Meanwhile, Glenwood’s remarkable Salmen brothers had another fine meet.
Chas and Marco finished in first and third place in the 1,600-meter run with long-time rival Ben Tobler from Montrose sandwiched between the brothers.
Chas set a new meet record time of 4:32.30 in the 1,600. Marco did the same later on in the 3,200, running in at 10:09.80, ahead of both Tobler and Chas.
Glenwood finished the girls meet in fourth with 70 points and Rifle finished fifth with 67 points, just a few points back of girls team champ Moffat County, which totalled 77 points.
Roaring Fork’s Caroline Cretti was the star of the girls meet.
The Ram senior set three new meet records while winning all three long-distance runs.
In the 800 meters, Cretti’s 2:25.46 time was four seconds better than second-place finisher Liz Smith of Eagle Valley. Cretti defeated Moffat County’s Charlotte Steele, 5:18.83 to 5:25.80 in the 1,600, then beat Steele again in the 3,200.
In that race, Cretti whipped her nearest competitor by 20 seconds, while turning a time of 11.33.02.
Neither Rifle or Glenwood had an event winner at the Hotchkiss meet, but both schools racked up the medals.
Demon senior Jeri Polowchena’s 32-10 1/2 leap was good for second place in the triple jump. Hurdlers Megan McGrath (16.41, 110 meters) and Jennifer Kishimoto (51.05, 300 meters) finished third in their respective events.
Other area track athletes earning third place medals includled Glenwood’s Megan McKinney (1:03.40, 400 meter dash), Rifle’s Teresa Lueallen (13.08, 100 meter dash), Kristina Dahlin (5-0, high jump) and the Bears’ 4 x 100 meter relay team of Amber Canard, Brooke St. Pierre, Trena Lueallen and Jennifer Kitchens, who turned a time of 53.63.
Fourth place marks were turned in by Rifle runners included Kitchens in the 100 (13.28) and 200 meter dashes (27.70), Danielle Reedy (100 hurdles, 16.71), along with Glenwood’s Amber Sutherland (34-6) in the shot put.
This Saturday, the Demons head east to Colorado Springs to participate at the Pikes Peak Invitational. Rifle, Roaring Fork and Basalt travel to Gypsum for the Eagle Valley Invitational.
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