Bears, Demons look to regionals
Judging by the times area prep track athletes recorded at their last regular-season meets this weekend, the upcoming 2A-4A Western regional in Grand Junction this Friday and Saturday will be something special.
A third-place finish by the Rifle girls at the Tiger Invitational and a strong showing by Glenwood Springs point to a dogfight between the two area teams for events medals when they return to Stocker Stadium on Friday.
The Bear finished the girls meet with 60 points. Fruita Monument won the team title with 106 points. Steamboat Springs, with 75 points, was seconds.
Rifle and Glenwood won five events between them at the Tiger meet.
Rifle sprinter Ali Little nipped Fruita Monument’s Danni Rose by a hundredth of a second in the 100-meter dash final. Little, who also took second in the 400, clocked in at 12.98 seconds. Rose finished with a 12.99 mark.
In the 800 run, Bear senior Savannah Beecraft edged Moffat County’s Angela Nelson at the wire, running in at 2 minutes, 23.12 seconds compared to Nelson’s 2:24.31.
Rifle also had the best girls 4×400 relay time ” 4:07.57 ” to finish ahead of Montrose.
Glenwood’s girls also won a relay event at the Tiger. The 4×200 relay team of Andrea Vincent, Leah Hinkey, Amber Sutherland and Nicole Wagner posted a 1:48.05 mark for the win over Montrose, which had a time of 1:49.25.
Sutherland also won Friday’s shot put finals with a 37 foot, 8 1/2 inch toss and took second in the discus.
The boys discus also netted a couple of medals for area athletes.
Basalt’s Hank Kindall took third place and Glenwood’s Ryan Erickson finished fourth. Rifle shot putter Andrew Stone hit a 51-1/2 throw for third place and the Bears’ John Alderson and Glenwood’s Chris Benson finished second and fifth, respectively, in the triple jump.
In the boys’ running events Rifle’s Brian Hileman had a second-place time of 11.37 in the 100 and a fourth-place mark of 23.41 in the 200.
At the Aspen Invitational, Glenwood had three first-place finishes, four runner-up marks and six third-place efforts.
Senior Paige Burger had a personal-best leap of 30-6 1/2 inches to win the girls triple jump.
Freshman Amanda Alberico took the 1600 meters in 6:10.58 and John Gabriel won the boys 300 hurdles in 47.82.
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