Demons grab top honors at home invite
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – After surviving yet another cold and rainy Demon Invitational track and field meet, Kellen Fockler did his best to explain why the weather never seems to cooperate with the annual event.
“I think it’s just a cursed meet,” joked the Glenwood Springs senior, a veteran of four Demon invites.
Save a few years here and there, rain, snow and bitter cold seem to go hand in hand with the annual April affair.
And Saturday followed that script to a tee.
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Blustering wind and intermittent precipitation made for an adventurous time for the 19 schools-worth of young athletes in attendance.
The elements didn’t pack enough punch to keep the home team from dominating the day’s action, though.
Behind 11 event wins, the Demon girls coasted to a team title. Their 184 points topped second-place Eagle Valley’s total by 109 points.
Three event wins and a slew of high finishes helped Glenwood’s boys complete a hometown sweep of the team crowns. The Demon boys hammered down gold with 112 points, edging out second-place Eagle Valley by 25 points.
Among the day’s numerous Demon highlights was a hometown sweep of the 400-meter run. Meg Waibel led the way, clocking in at 1 minute, .68 seconds. Allison Brown (1:01.59) and Madi Goodstein (1:02.09) tailed their teammate across the finish line.
There was also sophomore Kristy Moore’s upset of Air Force Academy-bound teammate Laura Young in the 300 hurdles. Moore, whose time of 47.66 narrowly edged her teammate’s 47.99 clocking, had never before beaten Young, a second-place finisher at state last year.
“She ran a great race,” Moore lauded. “Laura’s pretty much the best at everything. I don’t know. She ran a good race and I did too.”
Moore certainly holds her elder teammate in high regard, admitting she’s learned more than a thing or two from Young.
“Even if she doesn’t talk to us, her actions do,” said Moore, who added that the biggest thing she’s learned from Young is to constantly keep her motor running. “Even if your form over the hurdles isn’t the greatest, you have to keep forgetting and push to the next hurdle. Never stop. If it’s a bad race, you have to keep going.”
Another Demon adept at keeping her motor going is distance runner Katrina Selsor. Selsor, a senior, won both the 800 and 1,600 on Saturday, edging Grand Valley sophomore Brandi Krieg by less than two seconds in the 1,600 with a time of 5:41.77.
Krieg, who won the mile ahead of Selsor at last month’s Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction, knew beating her again would be a tall order.
“On her track, she wasn’t going to let it happen,” Krieg said. “She’s a really good runner. I like running with her, though. She really pushes me.”
Jolie Dubois (200, 27.49) and Theresa Gabriel (triple jump, 34 feet, 9 3/4 inches) also won events for the Demon girls, who also swept the day’s five relay events.
Glenwood’s boys won Saturday’s final event – the 4×400 relay – and got individual event wins from Travis Whitman (400, 52.18) and Greg Orosz (discus, 139-2).
Defending 3A state long jump champion Tyler Thompson showed why he’ll no doubt be in contention for a title again in 2009, leaping through the wind and rain to titles in both the long jump and triple jump on Saturday.
Thompson, a senior at Roaring Fork, topped out at 20-10 in the long jump and at 43-5 in the triple jump to easily claim wins.
They weren’t his best leaps of all time, but they weren’t bad considering the conditions.
“It’s tough with all the wind and rain,” he said.
Thompson helped the Ram boys to a third-place team finish.
Teammate Bryan Salinas also picked up an event win, outpacing the 300 hurdles field with a time of 42.4 seconds.
Salinas and Thompson also linked up with Nate Soucie and Taylor Browning to win the 4×200 relay (1:35.15).
Grand Valley’s Brandi Krieg crushed the 3,200 field at the Demon, rolling across the finish line more than 20 seconds in front of Battle Mountain’s Amelia Ortiz.
Krieg, who also took second in the 1,600, was one of four Cardinals to win events on Saturday.
Erin Vanderpool claimed the girls 100 hurdles (16.39), while Omar Melendrez won the 200 (23.35) and Colton Cowan took the 110 hurdles (15.12) on the boys side of things.
Grand Valley’s girls finished third overall and were tops among 3A schools, while the Cardinal boys placed fourth overall and were second among 3A teams.
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