Glenwood girls place 2nd, boys place 9th at Eagle Valley Invite |

Glenwood girls place 2nd, boys place 9th at Eagle Valley Invite

A Glenwood Springs runner pushes up the hill during the Eagle Valley Invitational Saturday in Gypsum.
Chris Dillmann |

Competing in Gypsum Saturday morning at the Eagle Valley Invitational, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls cross country team had a very strong day, placing 2nd out of 17 schools, while the boys placed 9th out of 16 schools. Rifle’s boys placed 10th, while Coal Ridge’s boys placed 12th, and Grand Valley’s boys placed 14th. Coal Ridge’s girls placed 13th, while Rifle and Grand Valley didn’t have enough runners to qualify for team scores for the girls.

In the girls race, standout Basalt runner Sierra Bowser cruised to the win, crossing the line in 18:07.20, winning by nearly 24 seconds. Glenwood had a pair of runners finish in the top 5 as sophomore Ella Johnson placed 4th with a time of 19:00.30, while freshman Sophia Connerton-Nevin placed 5th with a time of 19:09.20.

Glenwood sophomore Alexa Helms turned in a top 20 finish to help the Demon girls place 2nd, crossing the finish line 7th with at time of 20:40.10. Teammate Maya Elias, a junior, placed 25th with a time of 21:03.90. Fellow junior Sophia Vigil finished 29th with a time of 21:20.50, while sophomore Emma Barsness placed 36th with a time of 21:48.90. Junior Matilda Barth and sophomore Alicia Lowe placed 54th and 55th with times of 22:34.90 and 22:35.40 for the Demons, rounding out a strong day in the top 60 for Glenwood under head coach Justin Baum.

Rifle’s girls team saw junior Karisa Coombs get on the board early, placing 31st for the Bears with a time of 21:27.20. Sophomore Audrey Abbott placed 88th on the day with a time of 24:05.80.

For Coal Ridge, sophomore Araceli Ayala was the highest finisher for the Titans under head coach Chris Oz, placing 59th with a time of 22:47.10, while sophomores Haven Prodzinski (114th, 25:13.20) and Natalie Smythe (121st, 25:39.60) closed out the day with top 125 finishes.

In the boys race, Rifle junior Jonathan Hernandez was the first local runner to cross the line on the day, finishing 24th on the day with a time of 18:00.10, while Glenwood sophomore Quinn MacPherson finished closely behind Hernandez in 28th with a time of 18:10.30. MacPherson’s teammate, junior Dalton Deter, finished 30th for the Demons with a time of 18:14.50, while standout Coal Ridge freshman Tyler Parker placed 31st with a time of 18:14.80.

Glenwood junior William Berkheimer clocked a time of 18:31.20 to finish 36th, while Rifle sophomore Patrick Whitt placed 44th with a time of 18:54.20.

Rifle sophomore Jace Coller had a strong day for the Bears, placing 49th with a time of 19:02.30, while sophomore teammate Adrian Valerio placed 76th with a time of 19:56.00. Grand Valley junior Nikolai Stammer got the Cardinals on the board with a 79th-place finish, crossing the line with a time of 20:00.70, while Glenwood junior Alec Nykerk closed out the day for local runners with a 92nd-place finish in 20:20.10.


Summit 3, Rifle 2

The Rifle Bears volleyball team continues to improve in a big way this season. They’re still searching for the improvement in the win column though.

Hosting the Summit Tigers Saturday afternoon at Rifle High School to open up 4A Western Slope League play, the Bears pushed the Tigers to 5 sets, before ultimately losing in 5 sets 25-22, 10-25, 13-25, 25-13, and 11-15.

“We lost, but it was an amazing battle,” Caitlin Brady, Rifle’s second-year head coach said. “We haven’t done this well in league games in years. We are finally starting to learn to fight for each point and are realizing that we can compete in this 4A league.”

Against the Tigers, Mackenzie Elizardo and Maddy Valencia paced the Bears with 5 kills each, while Katelyn Mentink set the ball 55 times on the day and picked up 7 assists. Cora McMillan led the Bears with 8 blocks.

Rifle (3-7) travels to Glenwood Springs Tuesday for a rivalry matchup with the Demons at 6:30 p.m.

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