Demons have solid showing at Stocker
GRAND JUNCTION – The size of a team’s roster is not important at a regional track meet.
Rather, it’s the quality of athlete that counts the most when shooting for individual berths at the state meet, like the members of the Glenwood Springs High School boys and girls track teams were this weekend.
To that end, the personnel-challenged Demons were very successful.
Glenwood added eight new names to its previous list of qualifiers and will send a contingent of nine boys and five girls to next week’s 4A state track meet in Lakewood.
“It’s real pleasing to see all the athletes’ hard work pay off at the end of the season,” Demon head coach Blake Risner said. “It reassures us that we’re doing the right things.”
And Glenwood was right on in plenty of events at the two-day meet at Stocker Stadium.
Jeri Polowchena and Amber Sutherland got the ball rolling with victories in the girls triple jump and shot put, respectively, on Friday.
Both Demons followed up those efforts with wins on Saturday.
Polowchena won the 100-meter low hurdles in 16.33 seconds, defeating Palisade’s Kaity Edmiston for the regional title. Sutherland fired a season-best 123-foot, 4-inch toss to wrap up the discus title.
Megan McKinnie earned the Glenwood girls’ fifth regional gold medal on a 46.42-second time in the 300 hurdles.
McKinnie and Sutherland have also qualified for state as members of Glenwood’s 4×100 relay team. The two teammates, along with freshman Leah Hinkey and sophomore Nicole Wagner, advanced to Friday’s state prelims by finishing third at the regional meet.
Joining them at state will be two Demon boys’ relay squads.
The 4×200 team of Dustin Braeger, Justin Church, Joe Schiavone and Brian Walker clocked a 1-minute, 34.88-second time, to grab third place and the last available state berth in the event.
At regionals, the top three marks in each event advance to the state meet.
A third-place finish in the 4×100 relay earned the foursome of Schiavone, Walker, Andrew Katers and Brandon Park a spot at state as well.
Individually, senior Chase Warner earned his ticket to Denver on a 43-113⁄4 inch second-place throw in the shot put.
The boys team will be fortified at state by Marco Salmen’s return to the track. Salmen, who prequalified in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, did not compete at this weekend’s regional meet, opting to compete in the National Mock Trials in New Orleans.
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