Demon relay quartet races to school record
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
LAKEWOOD ” Standing in a shoulder-to-shoulder circle, Laura Young, Melissa Buchanan, Taylor Goodstein and Meg Waibel celebrated. Between breaths, they high-fived their achievement ” a new Glenwood Springs High School record in the 4X400 relay.
“We work really well as a team,” said Buchanan, the third runner on the team.
The foursome combined for a time of 3:59.41 in Friday’s prelim at the Class 4A s
tate track and field meet at Jefferson County Stadium, beating the Glenwood record set in 2006. The order the foursome, which won the regional title last weekend, runs in is no accident. It took time to figure out, but it seems to all be in place now.
“We started with a bunch of different orders at the beginning of the season to see which one works best and I think this one really works,” said Goodstein, the No. 2 runner. “I was really nervous to run second leg at first. I wanted to do anchor because by the time it got to me we were like 300 yards ahead.”
The time, which beat the old record by more than two seconds, put the Demons in third place going into today’s final. They have a goal of getting a medal.
“Our goal is to get on the podium and beat our eighth-place time from last year,” said Young, the anchor.
Young and Waibel also made up half of the final-qualifying 800 sprint medley team, with fellow Demons Ginny Bean and Lyndsey Wesson, which took fourth in the opening event of the meet with a time of 1:50.03. The mark was about 1.5 seconds behind prelim winner Sierra.
Young also breezed through her individual preliminary in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.41, 0.35 seconds behind prelim winner Ashley Miknis of Broomfield. She’ll race again today in the final. “I came in top three and I want to come out top three,” Young said of her plans in the final.
Dakota Stonehouse was the only finals qualifier from the Glenwood boys, finishing fourth in the hurdles with a time of 40.13. His goal is simple for the final.
“My personal goal is just to try and break 40 seconds,” said the sophomore. “It doesn’t matter what place I get, I am just going for a PR.”
The Rifle boys 4X100 team was the only Bear combo to make its way through Friday’s prelims. Tyler Thompson, Kale Roberts, Ryan McIntosh and Nick Alderson made it around the track in 43.75 seconds to take seventh.
Members of the Rifle team were decked in Bear pride from head to toe. Most of the boys either had their custom golden-dyed hair, or others showed off the blue-hair look. Even head coach Jerry Shaffer sported golden locks gelled up in a Mohawk. Each Bear was fitted with an original shirt, bannering his name and event(s) on the back as well as a saying.
Hurdler Matt Hubbell’s shirt read, “I will not trip and fall.” High jumper Justin Harris’ shirt claimed, “I will not knock the bar off,” and relay runner Ryan Melody’s shirt promised, “I will not drop the baton.”
The shirts must have worked as Hubbell and Melody refrained from doing what their shirts warned against. Harris will test his mantra today as he competes in the high jump.
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