Glenwood girls 800 medley race to silver |

Glenwood girls 800 medley race to silver

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Meg Waibel wills her way down the stretch of Friday's Class 4A 800 sprint medley relay final at the state track and field championships in Lakewood on Friday. Waibel and teammates Laura Young, Jolie Dubois and Connor Adams took silver in the event, finishing only behind Windsor.

LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs senior Meg Waibel grimaced in agony as she blazed through the final stretch of Friday’s 800-meter sprint medley relay final.

She did everything in her power to catch front-running Windsor and, while she didn’t quite reach her mark, she left everything she had on the track at Lakewood’s JeffCo Stadium, collapsing into the arms of her teammates at the finish line. Her efforts in the race’s final 400 meters helped the Demons to a second-place finish and a school record.

“I was trying to give her any energy I had left from across the field,” said Laura Young, who along with Connor Adams ran 100-meter legs of what is now the top sprint medley foursome in Glenwood history.

Jolie Dubois handled a 200-meter stretch for the Demons, who clocked in at 1 minute, 48.96 seconds in taking down a 15-year-old school record.

“Those girls were so determined to go after a state championship,” Glenwood coach Blake Risner said. “Meg ran awesome. She ran her season-best split, a 51.2, on the anchor. She gave it her all. All those girls were on a mission. I’m just heartbroken that they weren’t able to stand on the very top of the podium.”

The quartet certainly didn’t miss the top of the podium by much, finishing a fraction of a second behind Windsor’s winning time of 1:48.53.

“They ran their hearts out,” Risner said, “and they broke one of the most coveted records at Glenwood Springs High School.”

Several other Demons tackled finals on Friday.

Wyatt Israel, Kurt Hartmann, Dakota Stonehouse and Travis Whitman combined to take seventh in the boys 4×200 relay, finishing in 1:30.76. The group set a school record with a 1:30.61 clocking in Thursday’s preliminaries.

“They went in ranked 16th or 17th and made the finals,” Risner said. “That was a surprise. In doing so, they broke a school record and went into the finals as the ninth-seeded team and moved up to seventh place. That’s another example of heart. They raced as hard as they could.”

Dubois followed up her sprint medley relay run with the 200 finals. She placed eighth (25.71).

Ryan Buchanan tackled the boys 800 final, finishing 15th (2:02.03). Katrina Selsor ran the girls 800 and took 16th (2:24.82).

Five Demons ran in Friday’s 300 hurdles preliminaries and four advanced.

Stonehouse and Hartmann took fifth (39.88) and ninth (40.11), respectively, to make it out in the boys race, while Young nabbed fourth (45.92) and Moore fifth (46.27) in the girls race.

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