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Bears, Demons fare well at Eagle Valley Invite

GYPSUM ” The Rifle and Glenwood Springs high school girls track and field teams both finished in the top three at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational, as the Bears tied for top honors with Steamboat Springs and Glenwood notched a third-place finish.

Rifle and Steamboat both finished with 101 points, while Glenwood posted 76.5.

“Our kids haven’t had a chance to see what they could do team-wise this season and third out of 23 is pretty exciting stuff,” Glenwood coach Blake Risner said.

“The Steamboat girls team is really good,” Rifle coach Matt Petersen said. “This was the first time we were really able to compete with them.”

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Savannah Beecraft paced Rifle, posting a time of 2 minutes, 31.42 seconds to win the 800 meters. She was also a member of the first-place 4×400 relay squad along with Lindsey Bowen, Heather Anderson and Ali Little in 4:16.83.

Anderson tallied an individual win as well in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.03 seconds, and the surprise of the day came from freshman Jessica Martinez, who placed third in the event.

The Bears’ 800 medley relay squad of Bowen, Beecraft, Little and Chelsea Protz was second in 1:55.20.

“We had some younger kids come through with some points that we didn’t anticipate getting, and we have a core of four or five girls who are just carrying us right now,” Petersen said.

The Demon girls finally had a majority of their girls competing and, perhaps most important, defending Class 4A state discus champion Amber Sutherland. It wasn’t the discus that earned her gold on Saturday, however.

Sutherland won the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 6 inches, was second in the discus and was also a member of the first-place 4×100 relay squad with Andrea Vincent, Leah Hinkey and Nicole Wagner, which finished in 52.07.

“(Sutherland) has a little rust still to work through, but it’s nice to have her back competing and practicing again,” Risner said. “And I look forward to some big performances in the second half of the season.”

Amanda Alberico had a solid day with a second-place finish in the 1,600 with a personal record of 5:50.42 and a fourth in the 3,200. Courtney Sutherland set a personal record with a time of 51.24 in the 300 hurdles for second place and was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.72.

On the boys side, Rifle finished in the top three. Official results had not been released by Sunday, but Petersen said the Bears were battling for second place on the last scorecard he saw and could finish no lower than third.

John Alderson paced the Bears with a first-place triple jump of 43-4 1/2 that would have qualified him for the state meet had the Eagle Valley Invite been a qualifier, and was also third in the long jump. He was also a member of the winning 4×100 relay team that included Troy Weiss, Jordan Robinson and J.R. Childress. the winning time was 44.83 seconds.

The Bears’ other individual event winner was Andrew Stone, who took top honors in the shot put with a toss of 45-8.

“John Alderson had a really big day for us,” Petersen said. “Overall, the boys team ” we can never get them all together at the same time ” but they are going to be pretty salty.”

Glenwood’s Chris Benson was pretty salty as well. The sophomore had personal bests in three events and placed in the top six in four events.

“We took the opportunity at this meet to put people in individual events more so than relays,” Risner said. “I think it was beneficial for all the athletes and it gave us the opportunity to see the potential Chris has. I think he scored 26 of the team’s 33 points ” a pretty good afternoon for a sophomore.”

The Demon junior varsity team travels to the Grand Valley Invitational Wednesday and both the Glenwood and Rifle varsity squads will be in Palisade Saturday for the first prequalifier of the season.

On the boys side, Rifle finished in the top three. Official results had not been released by Sunday, but Petersen said the Bears were battling for second place on the last scorecard he saw and could finish no lower than third.

John Alderson paced the Bears with a first-place triple jump of 43-4 1/2 that would have qualified him for the state meet had the Eagle Valley Invite been a qualifier, and was also third in the long jump. He was also a member of the winning 4×100 relay team that included Troy Weiss, Jordan Robinson and J.R. Childress. the winning time was 44.83 seconds.

The Bears’ other individual event winner was Andrew Stone, who took top honors in the shot put with a toss of 45-8.

“John Alderson had a really big day for us,” Petersen said. “Overall, the boys team ” we can never get them all together at the same time ” but they are going to be pretty salty.”

Glenwood’s Chris Benson was pretty salty as well. The sophomore had personal bests in three events and placed in the top six in four events.

“We took the opportunity at this meet to put people in individual events more so than relays,” Risner said. “I think it was beneficial for all the athletes and it gave us the opportunity to see the potential Chris has. I think he scored 26 of the team’s 33 points ” a pretty good afternoon for a sophomore.”

The Demon junior varsity team travels to the Grand Valley Invitational Wednesday and both the Glenwood and Rifle varsity squads will be in Palisade Saturday for the first prequalifier of the season.


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