Demon freshman shines in Runners Roost Invite |

Demon freshman shines in Runners Roost Invite

She’s only a freshman, but Katrina Selsor is already tearing up the track.As a member of Glenwood’s track and field team competing in Saturday’s Runners Roost Invitational in Fort Collins, Selsor not only qualified for state with a time of 11:29.66 in the 3,200-meter run, she crushed the previous school record by more than 20 seconds.Selsor’s third-place 3,200-meter run along with her fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run helped the girls squad take 11th place out of 28, mostly-5A schools. Chris Benson guided the boys team, scoring all 16 points for the Demons as Glenwood finished with a 13th-place tie. The senior captain earned a second-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 42 feet, 7 inches; a fourth-place finish in the high jump, clearing a 5-foot-10-inch pole; and took sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.16.The 4X400-meter relay team of freshmen Meg Waibel, Laura Young and Melissa Buchanan and sophomore Lyndsey Wesson recorded a season-best time of 4:12.71. Individually, Buchanan also set a season-best mark in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:26.70.The majority of the athletes had season-best performances,” said Glenwood head coach Blake Risner. “The freshman girls had monster performances.”The team will now have a week off for spring break before returning to the track for the Glenwood Freshman-Sophomore meet on April 5 and the Palisade Invitational on April 8.

A summer-like day on Saturday finally gave Rifle’s track and field teams a chance to participate in their first meet of the season.Competing at the rescheduled Mickey Dunn Invitational meet at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium, the Bear girls took fifth overall in the 10-team meet with 69 points. The boys took sixth place in their meet, with 55 points. Class 5A Fruita Monument was the team champion in both meets.Junior Elisabeth Strouse had the Bears’ highest individual mark – second place in the girls 1600-meter run.Strouse, who came in at 6 minutes, 10.09 seconds, also ran a leg for Rifle in their fourth-place finishing 4×800 relay team. In their first meet as a team, Nicholle McCown, Maddi Steffan, Strouse, and Lauren VanRoekel clocked a 12:00.67 time.Steffan and VanRoekel also took fourth and fifth places, respectively, in the girls 3200 meters.Jessica Martinez and Lindsey Bowen produced third-best times in the girls 100 hurdles and 100-meter dash, respectively.Tyson Thompson, in his first action with the track team, finished third in the boys 200 at 24.11 and took sixth in the triple jump. Justin Harris was third in the high jump with a best of 5 feet, 11 inches. Colby McFarlin and Eric Simms took fourth and fifth place in the 300 hurdles. Teammates Hazen Moss, Francisco Neverez, Scott Rust and Tyler Chapman had the best time among Rifle’s boys relay teams. Running in the 4×800 relay, the foursome came in at 9:08.07, good enough for third place.The Bears travel to Aurora’s Legacy Stadium for the annual Raptor Invitational on Saturday, April 1.

The Coal Ridge Titans experienced another first on Saturday as the track and field team participated in its first-ever meet by competing in the Hotchkiss Invitational.The Titans recorded three fifth-place finishes as Brady Gasaway posted a time of 17.92 in the 110-meter hurdles, Skyler James bounded 5-feet-10-inches in the high jump and Matraisa Beecraft ran the 3,200-meter run in 13:58.12.Beecraft also took sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:13.02 and James placed seventh in the triple jump after jumping over 16 feet and 9 inches.The Titans also recorded four eighth-place finishes at the meet. Coal Ridge will compete next in the Rangely Invitational on Saturday.

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