Fast times bode well for Demons’ future
LAKEWOOD – This year Glenwood Springs settled for two top-five finishes and a bunch of personal records from its athletes at the Class 4A state track meet. The next time out, the Demons expect more from themselves.”This gives me a lot of motivation,” said sophomore Sharaya Selsor after making her first state meet appearance, as a member of the Demons 4×800-meter girls relay team. “I made it here. Hopefully, I’ll make it here again next year individually and with this relay team.”Considering she and relay mates Melissa Buchanan, Abbey Barnes and Katrina Selsor are all underclassmen, it’s a safe bet.
“We’re all young, and we’ve got so much strength and knowledge of track, and our coach (Blake Risner) is unbelievable. I don’t think we could have a better setup,” she added.Next year, the Demon foursome has the goal of bettering its fourth-place performance in Friday’s finals, along with taking a few seconds off its own newly set school record.Still, Glenwood’s 9 minute, 49.86 second mark was an impressive feat. The time shaved seven seconds off the team’s previous best, and broke the four-year-old school record by more than two seconds.
The relay team’s finish earned the first of two state medals the Demons had on the day.Katrina Selsor, running individually in the girls 1,600, captured the other award when she finished in fifth place.The freshman’s 5:17.31 wasn’t her best mark of the year, but it was a darn good finish considering the field she was running against. Katie Vanatta of Ralston Valley won the event in a new girls 4A record time of 4:56.08.
The weather, Katrina said, factored into the race.”It was sunny out at the beginning, then during the last lap the wind started to change,” she said. “It didn’t help, and it kind of slowed me down a little bit.”On the boys side, while Glenwood’s 4×200 relay team failed to advance to today’s finals, it did manage to have a good day. The 44.73 combined mark from Justin Montover, Alex McPherson, Tyler Setterberg and Chris Benson was their best of the year.Results of area athletes involved in later event preliminaries on Friday were not available at press time. All remaining event finals will be held today, with the first beginning at 9 a.m.
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