Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” At the conclusion of Saturday’s Demon Invitational, the Glenwood Springs boys and girls track and field teams hijacked the GSHS athletic department golf cart and went for a victory lap around the track.
After combining for 27 wins in 35 events, winning the boys and girls titles, setting two meet records and tying another, they deserved it.
The girls acquired 225 points, while the boys earned 214.5 for two landslide victories to make their head coach Blake Risner very happy at the end of the 28th annual race.
“We just tried to represent Glenwood,” said Glenwood freshman Kristy Moore. “It’s the 28th Invitational and we tried to win it for (Risner).”
Even though both the athletes and their coach were a little disappointed that only 11 teams were in the Demon Invite field, as opposed to the usual 18-20, because many went to Palisade’s meet, Risner couldn’t have been more proud of his team.
“It was real satisfying to see the kids go out there and basically take care of business and run their best,” he said. “Come meet day for the Demon Invitational, they always seem to excel. Every team I’ve had over the last 14 years.”
Cloaked in a blue Nike hooded sweatshirt, Donnie Jennert lay on the ground and watched the other high jumpers do their thing. The more the bar went up, the more the field of Jennert’s opponents shrank, but Jennert didn’t budge.
He was waiting for the right time to join the competition. He knows its useless to waste his energy on the low bar jumps, so he waits until it’s at 6 feet. By the time he chooses to jump, he only has Eagle Valley’s Scott House to beat.
Jennert cleared the 6-foot jump with ease, and the 6-foot-2 jump that knocked out House. Jennert, already the winner, then jumped alone. Going for his personal best, going for the meet record.
While he cleared the 6-foot-6 bar to tie the Demon Invite meet record, he couldn’t make it over the 6-8. Though earlier this season he has hit 6-8, which happens to be his height, he couldn’t do it on Saturday ” With good reason.
“I have already run three 100s and I’m just a little tired,” he said.
Jennert had already won the 100-meter dash, along with taking first in prelims, won the long jump and anchored Glenwood’s winning 4X100 relay. It was a busy day for the junior, especially considering he had been competing only in the high jump before this season.
“Donnie is finding out the value of doing multiple events,” Risner said. “He is used to just doing high jump in the past and it is really going to pay off at the end of the season because all that he is doing ” besides helping his team which is huge in our program ” but it’s also going to get him in the best shape of his life and I think he’ll see the 6-10-plus, possibly 7-foot-high jumps as a result.”
There wasn’t one running event the Glenwood Springs girls didn’t win on Saturday. Starting with the 800 sprint medley and ending with the 4X400 relay, the Demons dominated.
In the 4X100 relay, Allison Brown, Jolie Dubois, Meg Waibel and Lyndsey Wesson set a new meet record with a winning time of 50.82 seconds. It beat the 1991 GSHS mark of 51.68. Then, in the last meet of the day, Demons Brown, Laura Young, Wesson and Waibel broke West Grand’s 2001 record of 4:11.34 with a time of 4:10.07.
Brown, Taylor Goodstein, Sharaya Selsor and Moore combined forces to win the 4X200 relay while Buchanan, Abbey Barnes and the Selsor sisters teamed up for a 4X800 victory.
Individually, Glenwood’s Jolie Dubois swept the 100 and 200 dashes, Katrina Selsor was, as always, the distance champion, winning the 1,600 and 3,200, Young conquered both the 100 and 300 hurdles and Theresa Gabriel cleaned up in the long and triple jumps.
Meg Waibel won the 400 and Melissa Buchanan took the 800 to complete the Demons’ amazing day.
The Demon boys were just as impressive. Outside of Jennert’s three wins, Dakota Stonehouse turned in a solid performance by taking first in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Michael Hudson dashed his way to a 200 win, while Connor Riley did the same in the 400 and Ryan Buchanan went the distance for a 3,200 victory.
Hudson, Riley, Stonehouse, Jennert, Alex McPherson, Kurt Hartmann, William Rosas, Wyatt Israel, Travis Whitman, Kellen Fockler, Garrett Brown and Buchanan all ran at least one leg in one of the Demons four relays that all ended in first-place finishes as well.
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