Glenwood boys win Rifle Invitational in thrilling fashion
Competing in the Rifle Invitational at Bears Stadium on Friday morning, the Glenwood Springs boys Track and Field team won the meet in the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay, to top Grand Junction by just 4.5 team points, giving Glenwood its second straight team win to start the season.
At the Rifle Invitational, the Glenwood boys finished with 97.5 team points to finish first, while Coal Ridge would finish fifth with 57 points. Roaring Fork would turn in a seventh-place finish on the boy’s side with 40 points, while Rifle (12th, 22 points), Basalt (tied 13th, 18 points) and Grand Valley (18th, 8 points) rounded out the local boys at the invitational.
On the girl’s side of things, Grand Valley finished fourth overall with 46 team points, while Coal Ridge finished fifth with 41 points. Glenwood finished ninth with 35 points, while Basalt finished 10th with 34.5 points. Rifle (17th, 18 points) and Roaring Fork (21st, 7 points) rounded out the local schools at the meet in the girls’ events.
In the 4×400 relay, the Glenwood boys needed to win the event to win the meet, and they did just that as the relay team of Miguel Peralta, Luke Gair, Ismael Villegas and Gavin Olson turned in a time of 3 minutes, 33.72 seconds. Olson turned in a terrific anchor of 51.1 seconds, allowing the Demons to hold off Battle Mountain’s relay team for first place.
Prior to the 4×400 relay win, Glenwood turned in a strong team performance in the boys events as senior Riley Prough finished fifth overall in the 800m run, finishing with a time of 2:10.81 and scoring four points for the Demons.
In the 110m hurdles, Glenwood junior AJ Crowley finished third in the event, scoring six points for Glenwood, but it was the Roaring Fork duo of Jasper Germain and Justin Thompson that finished 1-2 in the event. Germain turned in a time of 15.82 seconds, while Thompson finished with a time of 15.89 seconds. Grand Valley’s Angel Garcia finished fourth overall in the event with a time of 16.65, while Coal Ridge’s Dylan Allen finished fifth overall with a time of 16.76.
Glenwood’s Larry Flores would win the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.65, while Crowley finished third overall with a time of 42.44. Coal Ridge’s Cameron Chacon finished fifth in the event with a time of 43.85 seconds, scoring four points for the Titans.
Olson and Gair would finish second and third in the 200m dash as Olson turned in a time of 23.46 seconds, while Gair finished with a time of 24.11 seconds.
Coal Ridge’s Jonathan Espinoza would turn in a time of 53.34 seconds in the 400m dash, winning the event for the Titans, while Villegas would finish fourth with a time of 54.93 seconds, scoring five points for the Demons in the event.
In the 4×100 relay event, Coal Ridge’s relay team of Brandon Herrera, Ezequiel Contreras, Jonathan Graf and Chacon finished second with a time of 46.15, while the Glenwood relay of Flores, Villegas, Crowley and Kuba Bartnik finished fourth with a time of 46.24 seconds. The Basalt relay team of Juan Rosario, Noah Williams, Pedro Rivera and Zach Pagan finished fifth with a time of 46.40 seconds.
Coal Ridge would build off of its second-place finish in the 4×100 by winning the 4×200 as Jan Hernandez, Contreras, Graf and Espinoza teamed up for a time of 1:34.87, winning the event by nearly three seconds over Steamboat Springs and Grand Junction.
Getting into distance events, Rifle’s Jack Rubalcave went on to win the 1600m run, turning in a time of 4:42.40, to win the event by nearly three seconds at his home stadium and top Moffat’s Riley Allen. Coal Ridge’s Justin Allen went on to finish fifth in the event with a time of 4:51.11, while Roaring Fork’s Ronald Clemente turned in a time of 4:51.56 for seventh place.
Glenwood’s Benny Smith would go on to win the 3200m event with a time of 10:26.24, topping Eagle Valley’s Aiden Branch by nearly four seconds to win comfortably, while Allen turned in a fourth-place finish for the Titans with a time of 10:44.81. Smith’s teammate, Gavin Harden, turned in a time of 10:48.91 for sixth place.
Moving over to field events, Germain won the high jump with a mark of 6-04.00, while Glenwood’s Bryce Risner finished second with a mark of 6-02.00. In the triple jump, Peralta finished third overall in the event for the Demons with a mark of 39-00.50, falling to Fruita Monument’s Gunner Rigsby’s mark of 44-05.50.
Wrapping things up for the boys’ events, Rifle’s Riley Ellsworth finished fourth overall in the pole vault with a mark of 11-00.00.
In the girls’ portion of the invitational, Grand Valley’s Jordyn Pittman finished second overall in the 400m dash with a time of 62.77 seconds, finishing just behind Eagle’s Joslin Blair. Basalt’s Nicole Alvarado finished third overall in the event with a time of 63.23 seconds.
Grand Valley’s Shaya Chenoweth won the 100m dash with a time of 13.16 seconds, while Alvarado finished fifth overall for the Longhorns with a time of 13.49 seconds.
Coal Ridge’s Faith Wood turned in a second-place finish with a time of 27.75 seconds in the 200m dash, while Roaring Fork’s Cindy Salinas finished fifth overall with a time of 28.30 seconds.
In the 100m hurdles, Glenwood’s Sequoia Kellogg won the event for the Demons with a time of 16.34 seconds, while Grand Valley’s Kylyn Rigsby finished fourth overall with a time of 17.52 seconds. Rifle’s Lauren Arnold finished right behind Rigsby with a time of 17.89 seconds.
Rigsby and Kellogg would finish third and fourth in the 300m hurdles as Rigsby turned in a time of 50.38 seconds and Kellogg turned in a time of 52.50 seconds.
In distance events, Glenwood’s Claudia Hirons finished sixth overall in the 800m run, turning in a time of 2:35.63 seconds, while Rifle’s Sarah Wagler finished second overall in the 3200m run, turning in a time of 12:26.52.
In relay events, the Rifle relay team of Arnold, Carly Droegemier, Amanda Green and Halie Holmes finished fourth overall with a time of 54.85 seconds in the 4×100, while the Coal Ridge relay team of Jaycelyn Krueger, Denise Zuniga, Kara Morgan and Wood won the 4×200 event with a time of 1:52.09.
Finishing right behind the Titans’ relay team was the Glenwood relay team of Reese Prough, Serena Richardson, Saylor Warren and Kellogg, which turned in a time of 1:52.29 seconds, good for second place.
In field events, Rigsby finished third overall in the high jump for the Cardinals, turning in a mark of 5-00.00. Basalt’s Kaylin Williams turned in a fourth-place finish in the event with a mark of 4-10.00.
Morgan finished third overall for the Titans in the long jump, turning in a mark of 15-07.00, while Wood finished sixth overall with a mark of 14-08.50.
Wrapping things up on the day, Glenwood’s Payten Spencer finished fifth overall in the triple jump with a mark of 31-07.00 for the Demons.
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