Cardinals’ Krieg, Cowan shine at 3A WSL regional meet |

Cardinals’ Krieg, Cowan shine at 3A WSL regional meet

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGrand Valley's Brandi Krieg cruises through the 3,200-meter run at Saturday's Class 3A Western Regional track and field meet in Grand Junction. Krieg won the event and finished second in the 1,600.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Brandi Krieg isn’t liking the 3,200-meter run so much these days, but that didn’t stop the Grand Valley sophomore from winning a 3A Western Slope Regional title in it on Saturday.

Clocking in at 12 minutes, 5.56 seconds, the distance dynamo won the two-mile by more than 24 seconds and added second-place finishes in the 400 and 1,600 at the weekend’s regional meet in Grand Junction.

Not a bad showing for the youngster, who heads to next weekend’s state meet in Lakewood for a second straight year. She finished in the top five in both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 2A state meet last May (Grand Valley bumped up to a Class 3A this school year).

While she’s clearly one of the Slope’s top distance runners, Krieg is finding herself enjoying the shorter runs more and more as time goes by.

“I don’t know,” Krieg said. “I’m leaning toward shorter distances. The two-mile’s a little long.”

Krieg was one of several Cardinals to land state-meet berths over the weekend.

Colton Cowan won the boys 110 hurdles (15.3) and took third in the long jump (20-1), while Omar Melendrez took second in the boys 400 (50.72), Jordan Steinke second in the girls long jump (15-5 1/2), Joe Joyner second in the boys discus (126-10) and Jared Tonder second in the 300 hurdles (40.81).

Grand Valley girls relay teams won the 4×100 (52.21), took second in the 4×400 (4:21.52) and placed third in the 4×800 (10:58.55). The Cardinals boys nabbed third in the 4×800 relay (8:41.35).

Grand Valley’s boys also finished third overall in the team standings.

Murphy leads large field of Titan state qualifiers

DaLin Murphy led a sizable group of Coal Ridge state qualifiers by making state in both the 1,600 (third place, 4:41.49) and 3,200 (first, 10:15.27).

The senior outpaced the two-mile field by more than 20 seconds and is heading to state for the third time in as many seasons. He didn’t participate in track his junior year.

He was most taken aback by his solid 3,200 run.

“I think the two-mile time surprised me,” he said. “It was my biggest improvement.”

Murphy is one of several Titans moving on to next weekend’s state meet.

His brother, DaNivin, took third in the 800 (2:04.03) to qualify, as did Brandon Schlegel (third, boys triple jump, 39-2), Chelyn McCain (first, 100 hurdles, 16.1; second, 300 hurdles, 46.57) and Jessica Needham (second, shot put, 34-6 3/4).

Titan boys relay teams took second in the 4×100 (44.93) and 4×800 (8:32.23) and third in the 4×200 (1:32.54) and 4×400 (3:34.47), while the girls took second in the 800 sprint medley relay (1:55.84).

Thompson jumps to regional titles

Roaring Fork’s Tyler Thompson will look to defend his 3A long jump title at state next weekend. Although he had

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already pre-qualified for state, the big-leaping senior bagged regional titles in both the long jump (22-4) and triple jump (44-1 3/4).

He will be joined at state by teammate Bryan Salinas, who won the 300 hurdles (40.38) and Jon Araujo, who took third in the shot put (42-10). With a pre-qualifying mark already achieved earlier this season, Araujo will also compete in the discus at state.

The Rams also qualified their 4×200 boys relay team, which took second in a time of 1:32.23.

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