Chas Salmen posts state-qualifying times
Chas Salmen didn’t waste any time in starting his final track season at Glenwood Springs High School.
Salmen, the decorated Demon senior, won both distances races Saturday in the annual Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction. And he posted times that pre-qualified him for the State Track and Field Championships.
Hoping to add to his collection of state distance and cross country medals, Salmen won the 1600 Saturday in 4:35.03, just edging brother Marco Salmen. Marco, a junior, finished in 4:35.23, good for second in the star-studded field, that included several 5A, 4A and 3A track powers.
In the 3200-meter run, Chas Salmen won in 10:03.08, again surpassing the state-qualifying time in the event.
Brother Marco rallied late in the 3200 and eventually finished sixth in 10:22.95.
The Glenwood Springs girls also picked up some top honors, including a meet victory on Saturday. The Demon 1600-meter relay team of Jennifer Kishimoto, Megan McKinnie, Angela Gabriel and Nikita Daniely won the event at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.
The Demon 800-meter medley relay team also had a meet-best time, but the foursome was disqualified for a handoff/lane violation. Those four included Megan McGrath, Tara Flanagan, Kishimoto and Daniely.
The top finishes came against all-star competition from two states.
Fruita Monument won the boys meet with 123 points, ahead of second place Colorado Springs Palmer (95). Grand Junction finished third with 69, followed by Boulder Fairview, Timpview (Utah), Montrose and Rifle in seventh.
Hotchkiss was eighth with the Glenwood boys ninth in the 18-team field.
On the girls side, Palmer won with 101 points over Fruita Monument’s 85. Grand Junction was third with the Rifle girls fourth.
The Glenwood Springs girls finished seventh with 49.5 points.
For the Glenwood Springs girls, McKinnie added a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (48.10). Kishimoto also added a third-place tie in the 200 meters (28.26).
McGrath netted a third in the 100-meter hurdles. Teammate Jeri Polowchena of the Demons was fifth.
Polowchena also was third in the triple jump. Sarah Shepard added a fifth in the 3200.
In field events, Amber Sutherland of the Demons was fifth in the discus and seventh in the shot put in the strong field.
Glenwood’s 800 relay team added an eighth place. The team included Molly Ackerman, Angela Gabriel, Bekah Weddell and Katie Waibel.
A host of other GSHS girls also competed in the Mickey Dunn meet, including Sadie Thimsen, Marianne Kleppe, Lacey Darien, Malia Kinser, Abbey Walters and Yuri Salvidrez.
For the Glenwood boys, Brandon Jackel added a sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and freshman Chris Toler was seventh in the triple jump (36-11 1/2).
The Demons 4×800 relay team finished seventh, including Chris Coddington, Chris Toler, Braeger and Alec Littler.
Rifle’s team harvested points in relay events, with the Rifle girls second in the 4×200 relay, third in the 4×100, fourth in the 4×400 and fifth in the medley relay.
Individually, Kristina Dalhain of Rifle tied for second in the high jump; teammate Krista Wagstrom was third in the 400-meter dash; Danielle Reedy was third in the 300 hurdles; Teresa Leuallen was seventh in the 100; Amanda Bingman was fifth in the shot put; Jenny Spillane was sixth in the 300 hurdles; Heather Anderson was eighth in the 300 hurdles; Lauren Plera was fifth in the 400; Montana Mathies was fifth in the high jump; Afton Neal was eighth in the triple jump; Leuallen also was fifth in the 200 while teammate Jennifer Kitchens was seventh; Jennifer Shnider was seventh in the long jump.
For the Rifle boys, Justin Stephen was third in the 110 hurdles; Ryan Gilbert was third in the shot put; David Suminski was sixth in the 200.
The Rifle boys also were fourth in the 4×400 relay; fourth in the 4×200 relay; and fifth in the 4×800 relay.
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