College plans settled for Demon track trio |

College plans settled for Demon track trio

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Submitted photoFrom left to right: Waibel, Young and Buchanan.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It’s less than a week into track and field season, but three Glenwood Springs seniors have had their college landing spots settled for a while now.

Young, who placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at state in 2008 and is a top-notch student, is headed to Air Force Academy, while 400 phenom Meg Waibel is bound for Colorado State University and distance runner Melissa Buchanan is going to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

Young and Buchanan received partial scholarships, while Waibel turned down offers to walk on at CSU.

Glenwood coach Blake Risner predicts the three are just the tip of the signing iceberg for the Demons, who have won girls regional titles two years in a row.

“I’m anticipating seven senior athletes going on to compete,” he forecasted.

Young had perhaps the most hoops to jump through in finalizing her choice of schools.

“It was a long process,” she relayed. “I went through a lot of recommendations and applications. All the senators and congressmen, I had interviews with their panels.

“They nominated a certain amount of kids. Those go before the academy board to get the actual appointment. It was long.”

Young, who will participate in the 400 hurdles in college, knew what to expect. Her brother went to Air Force.

Like Young, Waibel and Buchanan are big-time achievers in the classroom.

“Their class rank, GPA is way up there,” Risner said. “That helped them. They had a lot of options of where to go.”

Despite receiving scholarship offers from smaller schools, Waibel opted for CSU. It just felt right, she said.

“The coach at CSU really made a great impression on me,” she said. “That pretty much sold me. CSU is just comfortable for me. … I feel like I fit in well.”

Buchanan said she’s been considering UCCS for some time.

“I stayed in contact with their coach a lot,” she said. “I don’t know. I just liked it there. I visited once my junior year and then this summer. There, I’ll be doing everything ” cross country, indoor track, outdoor track. I’m not sure what my events will be.”

After accomplishing much as a trio ” Young, Waibel and Buchanan were part of a 4×400 relay team that have broken and re-broken the school record several times ” the three are set to move on to the next level as individuals.

Although they won’t be together, their accomplishments as teammates in high school are, to date, their fondest track and field memories.

“The team is probably the most important,” Waibel said. “That’s the part that gets you through the day. If you’re having a rough day, the team gets you through it.”

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