Bears boys win track regionals |

Bears boys win track regionals

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Rifles Jordan Robinson runs the 400-meter race at the Class 4A Region 1 track meet in Grand Junction Saturday. He finished first with a time of 49.59 seconds.

GRAND JUNCTION – The Blue Crew zoomed in to Stocker Stadium and came out as regional champions.Rifle’s title at the two-day Region 1 meet proves its No. 4 state ranking is warranted. More importantly, the large number of Bears athletes who advance to next week’s 4A state meet in Aurora gives Rifle a strong chance of a high team finish as well.”We’ve had a good team all year,” said senior John Alderson, the regional boys long jump and triple jump champion. “I believed that we’d come out and win it, but Eagle Valley is tough.”Sparked by wins from Eagle Valley hurdler Brad Gamble, Eagle Valley gave Rifle a run. The Devils failed to withstand wave after wave of blue-and-gold clad athletes gobbling up valuable team points.The Bears ended the meet with 155 points, well up on Eagle Valley’s 135. Montezuma-Cortez of the Southwestern League was third with 90 points.Overall, Rifle had 14 top-three finishes and earned five individual regional event titles.Top-three finishers in all event finals at the regional meet advance to the state meet, which begins Friday.

Jordan Robinson also won two events, both in the sprints. In the 100 meters, the Bears senior leaned over the wire ahead of Eagle Valley’s Sean Matheson in 11.17 seconds.”I think the lean is where I got him,” Robinson said. “I had a bad start, and I was last out of the blocks, but I kept pushing.”Robinson later pushed himself to a 49.59 win in the 400, along with a second-place as a member of the Bears’ 4×100 relay team and third in the 200-meter dash.Alderson dominated in the jump pits.In the triple jump, Alderson uncorked a new personal and school record of 45 feet, 6 3/4 inches and earned the long jump crown with a 22-2.Andrew Stone captured the 4A regional shot put title for the second straight year with a throw of 49-10 1/4.”Some days I’m on, and some days I’m off. Today was a bad day. I put a lot of pressure on myself this weekend because I wanted to be a three-time regional champion,” Stone said.

Stone missed his opportunity when he finished second in the discus on Friday. “The disc slipped through my hands,” he said of a sub-par 143-3 effort. Jacob Rivera, of Eagle Valley, won the event with a 153-4 toss.Kyle Allee aided Rifle’s cause with two runner-up times in the hurdles.Squared off with Gamble in both events, Allee recorded times of 15.40 in the 110-meter hurdles and 40.15 in the 300 hurdles.The Demons also got a second-place mark from junior Chris Benson in the high jump and a third-place ribbon in the 4×100 relay with Joe Schiavone, Benson, Dustin Braeger and Justin Montover.On the girls side, Glenwood Springs earned the girls 4×200 relay regional championship by posting a 1:32.96 time to nose out Moffat County.Glenwood’s Abbey Walters had the highest individual finish among area girls with a second in the 800 in 2:26.22. Two other area athletes advance to the girls 4A state meet on third-place marks: The Demons’ Andrea Vincent clocked in at 48.88 in the 300 hurdles, and Rifle’s Kendall Babler, finished the 100 hurdles in 16.93.Babler, the anchor person to Rifle’s 4×100 relay team that included Katie Buchanon, Nicole Bendetti and Lindsay Bowen, helped the Bears claim the event. Coming from behind after getting the baton from teammate Nicole Bendetti, the Bears freshman outran Steamboat Springs to the tape in 51.58.

Includes prequalifiers and regional qualifiers(includes prequalifying marks)Class 4A BoysRifle – Kyle Allee (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles); John Alderson (long jump, triple jump, 100); Jordan Robinson (100, 200, 400); Andrew Stone (discus, shot put); Kyle Sanderson (long jump); Ryan Chapman (triple jump); Hazen Moss (1,600); Tyler Gose (300 hurdles); Alderson, Robinson, Kyle McElroy, Josh Cordova (4×100); Moss, McElroy, Allee, Gose (4×400).

Glenwood Springs – Chris Benson (high jump, triple jump). Joe Schiavone, Benson, Dustin Braeger, Justin Montover (4×100); Schiavone, Benson, Jake Greer, Braeger (4×200). GirlsRifle – Kendall Babler (100 hurdles); Katie Buchanon, Lindsay Bowen, Nicole Bendetti, Babler (4×100); Buchanon, Ashlee Hazzard, Layce Kruckeberg, Bendetti (medley relay).Glenwood Springs – Abbey Walters (800). Andrea Vincent (300 hurdles). Prequalifying marks according to Colorado High School Activities Association State Track Meet Dates, May 20-21. Class 4A, 5A meet at Legacy Stadium, Broomfield.

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