Demon underclassmen step to podium
The seniors and juniors turned the track over to the freshmen and sophomores this week in Gunnison.
Gunnison High School hosted the annual Gunnison Freshman/Sophomore Meet with 21 different schools competing.
Area athletes participated along with underclassmen from Grand Junction, Fruita Monument, Crested Butte, Hotchkiss, Sargent, Buena Vista, Montrose, Cotopaxi, Cedaredge, Delta, Centauri, Monte Vista, Center, Salida and even Cripple Creek.
Glenwood Springs freshmen and sophomores brought home a bundle of top finishes and personal bests.
On the girls side, freshman Abbey Walters of Glenwood won the 800-meter run in Gunnison in 2:30.18.
She also finished fourth in the 1600 in a time of 5:58.79.
Sophomore Amber Sutherland of the Demons won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump and the shot put.
And she teamed with Walters, Sadie Thimsen and Yuri Salvidrez to finish second in the 800-medley relay.
Sutherland won the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 8.5 inches. She was second in the shot with a throw of 32-1.5.
Sutherland was second in the high jump at 4-8.
Other Glenwood Springs girls participating included Mika Ziemann.
On the boys side, four Glenwood Springs freshmen participated and four sophomores also participated.
Chris Toler finished fourth in the long jump at Gunnison (17-10.75).
Toler, a freshman, also teamed with Adam Vincent, Pat Reardon and Dustin Braeger to place in three different relay events. The Glenwood Springs foursome – all freshmen – finished second in the 4×800 relay, fourth in the 4×400 and fourth in the 4×100.
Andrew Katers participated for the Demons in the hurdle events. Sophomore Arturo Lomeli also participated, running the 100 and the 400, where he logged a personal record.
Sophomore Brandon Park also competed along with sophomore Cody Hillin. Hill was in he shot put and the triple jump.
And Park competed in the 300 hurdles and the shot put.
Coaches Andrea Sprung and Blake Risner led the Demon underclassmen at the annual freshman/sophomore competition in Gunnison.
The varsity and underclass track and field competitors will return to regular events on Saturday at the annual Rifle Invitational.
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