Demons qualify for state at St. Vrain Invitational
• Sequoia Kellogg (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, triple jump)
• Saylor Warren (long jump)
• Bryce Risner (high jump)
• Alex Cutright (high jump)
• AJ Crowley (110m hurdles, 300m hurdles)
• Larry Flores (300m hurdles)
• Girls 4 x 100m Relay (Gasaway, Warren, Prough, Kellogg)
• Girls 4 x 200m Relay (Gasaway, Warren, Prough, Kellogg)
• Boys 4 x 200m Relay (Peralta, Gair, Villegas, Olson)
• Boys 4 x 400m Relay (Peralta, Flores, Cutright, Olson)
The Glenwood Springs boys and girls track teams made the 3.5-hour bus ride to Longmont to find out how their talent stacked up against the stellar competition at St. Vrain New Balance Invitational. The last-chance, state-qualifying meet annually attracts more than 1,000 athletes from 50 different schools. The results were very positive.
For the Demons, 25 athletes met the state standards. And the competition seemed to take the Glenwood athletes to a new level of success. “The kids came here wanting to see what they could accomplish against some of the best in the state,” said Glenwood head coach Blake Risner.
The Demon that accomplished the most turned out to be sophomore Sequoia Kellogg. Kellogg stood atop the podium twice on Friday with victories in the 300m hurdles (46.28) and the triple jump (35’ 1”). Along the way, she also helped two relay teams get one step closer to a state-qualifying time. Kellogg ran the anchor leg on the 4 x 200 and 4 x 100 relays that ran significant season best times — 1:45.98 (fourth) and 50.70 respectively. Joining her on both relays were Kourtney Gasaway, Saylor Warren and Reese Prough.
Other top-eight performances by the Demon girls include Warren’s sixth-place finish in the long jump (16’ 6.5”) and Gasaway’s 16.66 in the 100m hurdles to place eighth.
The Glenwood boys had two individuals earn the honor of standing on the top-3 podium and receive a St. Vrain T-shirt in front of the large crowd. The first was junior AJ Crowley with his third-place finish in the 300m hurdles (40.38). Shortly after Crowley, sophomore Bryce Risner stepped up to his third place position on the podium with a big smile following his 6’ 2.5” leap in the high jump.
Earlier in the day, Crowley placed seventh in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.78. Senior Alex Cutright scored points in the high jump (seventh) and long jump (eighth). The boys 4 x 100m relay team of Kuba Bartnik, Luke Gair, Crowley and Miguel Peralta sprinted to a seventh place finish with a time of 44.21. Wrapping up the evening’s events was the 4 x 400m relay team that placed fourth in a very competitive race with a time of 3:27.39. That team consisted of Peralta, Ismael Villegas, Bartnik and Cutright.
The Demon squad will now prepare for the CHSAA State Track & Field Championships that begin on Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. Ten boys and four girls qualified in the 4A classification for the big event.
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