Demons’ Tribble good as gold in 300M hurdles
Post Independent Sports Editor
LAKEWOOD — Austin Tribble got everything he wanted.
The Glenwood Springs High School senior got the lane he wanted in the 300-meter hurdles finals of the Class 4A State Championships at Jefferson County Stadium.
Then, Tribble got the start he wanted. And after that, he got the performance he wanted.
Most of all, however, he got the finish he wanted.
A first-place finish, that is.
Tribble became the first Glenwood Springs High School athlete to win the state championship in the 300 hurdles, doing it in a personal-best 38.74 seconds at the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships at Jefferson County Stadium on Saturday.
“I definitely just ran the best race of my life right there,” and exhausted but ecstatic Tribble said. “That was insane. Absolutely everything worked today. Everything.”
Tribble actually came into the race as a lower seed, starting right next to teammate Kaden Weller in Lane 8. He led nearly from start to finish, clearing each hurdle cleanly on the way to the finish line, where he pumped his fists repeatedly after crossing it.
“I don’t run curves that well,” Tribble said. “So being on the outside line is exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want to see anybody. I didn’t, and going around that last corner, I just said to myself, ‘This isn’t even a corner. I can do this.’”
Lorne Jenkins of Niwot finished second in 38.17, and third place went to Nicholas Betz of Discovery Canyon in 38.51. Tribble’s best time in the 300 hurdles prior to Saturday’s final was 38.76. Weller finished in eighth place.
Meanwhile, Glenwood coach Blake Risner called the sixth-place performance of senior Ally Tapp “one of the best he’s ever seen.”
Tapp’s personal-best time of 57.69 beat her previous personal best of 58.47. It also came while she was battling through strep throat and in what likely was the fastest Class 4A 400 in Colorado history. The top three finishers, Nicole Montgomery of Lewis-Palmer (54.23), Abby Simpson of Pueblo County (54.82) and Payton Miller of Golden (54.95) each beat the previous state meet record in the event.
“I’m so happy right now,” Tapp said right after the race. “I was so sick right before this race, so for me to do this with the way that I’m feeling right now is just awesome.”
Rifle had a high placer as well. Bears senior Joey Kuheim finished third in the 4A discus with a throw of 135 feet, 6 inches. It was a final that featured Silver Creek’s Valerie Allman, whose winning throw of 167-3 was well below her personal best but still set a state meet record in the classification.
Glenwood’s boys 4×100 relay team, despite an injury on the third leg, still finished sixth in 48.39 seconds. The Demons’ 4×400 relay capped the day with a ninth-place finish in 3:26.63.
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