At Tiger Invite, Demons accomplish ‘great things’
GRAND JUNCTION – As a program, Glenwood Springs track teams break the mold.Both squads pale against the rest of the Western Slope in depth, experience and age. Yet those deficiencies evaporate as soon as the Demons take the track.”Great things are happening with all the kids in our program,” said Demons head coach Blake Risner of both teams’ performance in the annual Tiger Invitational. “Things happened (this weekend) even better that I hoped for. I’m really, really pleased.”Setting a slew of seasonal and personal best marks, Glenwood finished sixth in the girls meet while the boys finished among the top ten.It all came together at the right time for the Demons, who start the postseason Friday when they return to Stocker Stadium for the 4A West Region meet.The Demons’ latest effort, Risner said, could turn into something special at the upcoming regionals.””We expect and hope to see something extraordinary happen this week,” he said. “Everyone’s running just as well as can be right now, and we’re set up for optimal performances.”It’s a challenge the Demons are ready to take and, well, run with.Katrina Selsor had three PRs at the Tiger, including breaking her own school record in the girls 3200. Getting a rare challenge from Dakota Ridge sisters Natosha and Alexa Rogers, the Demon freshman slashed her record-setting time to 11 minutes, 18.36 seconds in finishing second to Natosha Friday.Squaring off with Alexa Rogers in Saturday’s 1600, Katrina overtook her rival in the final straightaway of the last lap and won going away, posting a 5:16.03 mark to Rogers’ 5:17.57.Selsor’s answer for her performance was simple: “I just wanted to win (the race).” On Friday, running with her older sister Sharaya with Melissa Buchanan and Meg Waibel, Katrina and her teammates won the 4×800 relay in a school-record time of 9:57.23. The mark bettered runner-up Durango by almost five seconds.”The race was mentally tough, but it wasn’t physically tough,” said Sharaya Selsor. “It was fun because us four girls are so close. We run for each other and encourage each other. That’s the biggest thing.”It also helps to have your sister running on the relay leg after you, Sharaya added.”No matter how I run, (Katrina’s) going to have my back. She always does. If I screw up and have a bad race, she’s going to make up for it.”Individually, Sharaya, a sophomore, cut 15 seconds off her previous fastest time in the 1600.”I was so scared because I was ranked next to last,” she said. “I was freaking out. Coach Risner kept encouraging me and kept telling me I could do it. Then, I just ran as hard as I could.”Sharaya finished the race in 5:39.00, a time she feels she can shave down more this week.In the girls 800, Buchanan ran unchallenged while clocking a 2:22.46 win over Delta’s Phealen French and Angie Charchalis of Moffat County. Later, she ran the first leg of Glenwood’s 4×200 relay team, with Waibel, Lyndsey Wesson and Laura Young, and they clipped Montezuma-Cortez at the wire.The Demons (1:49.50) beat the Panthers by a tenth of a second.Senior Chris Benson took second in the long jump (21 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and triple jump (43-5) to Eagle Valley’s Mike Smith and John Gabriel, respectively. He also finished third in the 200. Rifle competitors Lindsay Bowen, Jessica Martinez and Colby McFarland finished fourth in three separate events. Roaring Fork senior Laura Wright was fifth in the girls 100 meters.
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