Area track teams on target |

Area track teams on target

Phil Sandoval

If the marks and times are an indicator, then area prep track teams are ready to vie for a regional team title two weeks from now in Grand Junction.

The Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls teams both served notice for the upcoming meet at Stocker Stadium by finishing in first and third in the team standings at Saturday’s Clint Wells Invitational meet in Craig.

The Bears, who scored 84.5 points, won the team championship by one point over Green River, Utah, with the Demons nipping at both teams. Glenwood, in one of its strongest performances to date, concluded Saturday’s meet with 81.5 points.

The bulk of Rifle’s points resulted from another outstanding day by Rifle sprinter Ali Little and the Bear relay teams.

Little won the 100 meter dash and broke her own school 200 record with a second-place mark of 25.96 and also finished second in the 400.

Rifle’s 4×400 relay team set a new meet record of 4:14.70 while finishing first. The sprint relay squad took second and the 4×800 relay foursome earned fourth place.

Glenwood dominated the shorter relay events.

Fortified by Amber Sutherland and Leah Hinkey’s return to the track from other personal commitments, the Demon 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams raced to winning marks of 51.87 and a seasonal-best time of 1:49.36, respectvely.

Individually, Sutherland won two events and set a lifetime best, plus a new girls shot put meet record, with a 40-foot, 10-inch throw.

The Demon senior also posted a seasonal-best mark of 125-8 1/2 in the discus. Glenwood freshman Amanda Alberico had a lifetime best of 12:10.93 to take the runner-up spot in the 3200, ahead of Rifle’s Elizabeth Strouse.

The Rifle boys finished third in the team standings with 76 points, 10 points back of meet champ Montrose’s 86 and only three points behind runner-up Moffat County’s 79.

Both of the area boys’ first-place times were by Rifle relay teams.

In the 4×100 relay, runners Troy Weiss, Brian Hileman, Jordan Robinson and John Alderson came in at a seasonal-fastest time of 44.38. The same four clocked in at 1:33.42 in the 4×200 relay.

The Bear boys also had five individual second-place times or marks in Saturday’s meet.

Hileman ran an 11.67 in the 100 meters. Robinson was the 400 runner-up in 51.40. Alderson, with a 43 foot, 1 inch mark, took second in the triple jump. Tyler Gose finished second in the 300 hurdles in 41.85 and Andrew Stone threw a career-best 52-1 in the shot.

Nine Demons, paced by jumper Chris Benson, had personal bests in the boys meet. Benson finished fourth in the high jump at 6-0 and fifth in the triple jump at 41-3 3/4. Ryan Erickson set personal records in the shot, discus and 100. Matt Wilson had PR’s in the 300 hurdles and the discus.

Basalt’s Hank Kindall took second in the discus with a throw of 153-5 and had the sixth-best mark in the Shot Put at 47-6 1/4. Roaring Fork’s Alex Tiernan and Colin Steward were third and fourth in the boys 3200.

Glenwood and Rifle are scheduled to compete at the this weekend’s Tiger Invitational.

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