Glenwood boys win Demon Invitational |

Glenwood boys win Demon Invitational

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood's Kourtney Gasaway leaps over the hurdle during Saturday's Demon Invitational at Stubler Memorial Field, while teammates Victoria Madden (left) and Ally Rosenmerkel (back, center) trail. (REBECCA MILAM)
Rebecca Milam |

With the allure of bright spring sunshine and one of the most competitive fields the Western Slope of Colorado has to offer, the 37th annual Demon Invitational Track and Field Meet drew a large crowd of spectators and several solid performances from local athletes on Saturday afternoon at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood.

Under the direction of veteran Glenwood Head Coach Blake Risner, the Demon boys captured the meet championship with a point total of 108.5. The victory marked the fifth win this season on the Western Slope for the Demon harriers.

“I’m very proud of them,” Risner said. “It was mission accomplished today. When you achieve some success the way we have lately, people are going to bring their best against you. I’m proud of both the boys and girls.”

Risner’s son, Bryce, helped the winning cause along nicely for his father, as the up-and-coming sophomore placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2.5 inches. Risner followed up that showing with another runner-up finish, this time in the triple jump as he propelled his body forward 41 feet, 3 inches, to a personal best leap before he hit the soft landing in the sandy finish pit.

“I felt really good about today. I just wish I could have made it to 6-4 in the high jump,” Risner said.

The high jump winner was Jasper Germain of Roaring Fork, who cleared 6-4.5 to nab the victory for the Rams. Earlier in the day, Germain garnered second place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.96. Roaring Fork teammate Justin Thompson won the event by clocking a time of 15.48. Glenwood’s A.J. Crowley was fourth overall at 16.02.

A meet highlight certainly was the performance of Glenwood’s 4x200m relay team. The foursome of Miguel Peralta, Luke Gair, Ismael Villegas, and Gavin Olson, zipped around the Demon oval in a meet record time of 1:30.86, to set the bar high for future Demon Invite sprinters. The 4x100m relay team of Peralta, Gair, Crowley, and Olson also captured gold by putting in a fast time of 44.28.

A sampling of some other high-placing locals saw Glenwood junior Benny Smith place fourth in the 1600m run. Smith recorded a time of 4:33.91. The pole vault, which was held on Friday afternoon, had Brian De La Rosa of Rifle sky up to 11 feet, 4 inches, to earn fourth place. Coal Ridge’s Jacx Power and Glenwood’s Riley Prough tied for fifth with vaults of 10-10. Prough also managed to get on the podium in the 800m run, as he placed third with a time of 2:06.42.

The Demon girls came to the meet’s finish line with a third place showing, their best of the 2017 season. Some notable results among many for the Glenwood ladies saw Reese Prough finish third in the 100m dash by stopping the clock at 13.50. Saylor Warren finished third in the girls’ long jump with a flight of 15-02. In the 300m hurdles, Sequoia Kellogg was in third at 49.06. Fellow Demon Kourtney Gasaway was fifth with a time of 51.30. Second in the event was Grand Valley basketball standout Kylyn Rigsby who posted a time of 48.12.

Glenwood’s Payten Spencer placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 8-04, and distance running lady Sarah Wagler of Rifle ran a 5:40.42 to place sixth in the girls’ 1600m run.

The girls from down the interstate at Coal Ridge put together some noteworthy relay performances at the Demon Invite. The Titan’s Emily Wright, Santana Martinez, Jacelyn Krueger, and Kaitlyn Harlow won the 4x100m relay by recording a 52.67 mark. The 4x200m relay group of Wright, Dana Kotz, Martinez, and Faith Wood placed third at 1:48.76.

The top five teams in the boys’ portion of the meet were as follows: 1. Glenwood Springs, 108.5 points; 2. Montrose, 71; 3. Fruita Monument, 59; 4. Cedaredge, 55; 5. Eagle Valley 44.

The best of the girls division saw 3-time defending state 2A champion Paonia lead the way with 101 points. The Eagles were followed in order by Montrose 88, Glenwood 52, and Eagle Valley and Steamboat finishing in a dead heat with 48 points apiece.

Twenty-three teams participated in this year’s Demon Invitational. Next week Glenwood’s boys and girls will take their talents to Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction at a Friday twilight meet hosted by Fruita Monument on April 22.

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