Glenwood medals in four events
LAKEWOOD – At most high schools, record holders are unknown names or grainy yearbook photos. That’s not the case at Glenwood Springs High.Within a few minutes of stepping on campus, odds are favorable you’ll bump into a school track record holder. Or two. Or three.Continuing their assault on their own record book, the Demons girls set new school marks in the 800 meters and the 4×400 relay at Saturday’s Class 4A track meet. On Friday, Glenwood’s girls 4×800 relay team broke the school’s four-year old record in that event.That’s quite a weekend for any team, especially considering all three new records were set by just six girls.
“We saw about midseason, these kids were going to take things to a new level,” said head coach Blake Risner. “And they just progressed from there. We made the realization we’ve got some state capabilities here.”Risner was right.By the end of the two-day meet, the Demons finished 12th in the girls team standings. As a program, Glenwood earned state medals in six events. When the records are revised at GSHS, Melissa Buchanan will be posted in three events. Along with the two relay records she helped set, her name will shake the cobwebs off the 800-meter slot Nicki Wiencek held for 20 years.
Running in a field of 18 runners, Buchanan blazed in at 2 minutes, 19.32 seconds, an improvement of 1.2 seconds from Wiencek’s two-decade-old standard. Her sixth place time also earned the freshman her third state medal of the weekend.”I’m really proud of what I did,” Buchanan said of her 800 time. “I wanted to place a little higher, but I got a PR, and that’s all I could ask for, so I’m good.”Buchanan’s teammates were just as good when they got the opportunity to run in the relays.Meg Waibel, Laura Young, Buchanan and Lyndsey Wesson shaved time off their less-than-24-hour-old school-record 4×400 relay time, earning eighth place in 4:03.28. In Friday’s prelims, the Demons broke the old event record of 4:06.57 set by Jennifer Kishimoto, Megan McKinnie, Lacey Darien and Abby Walters in 2002.
Katrina Selsor, competing in a packed field of 27 qualifiers, finished third in the 3,200 to earn her third state medal of the competition. On Friday, she was fifth in the 1,600 and a member of Glenwood’s fourth-place 4×800 relay team.Senior Chris Benson was the lone Demon athlete in Saturday’s boys meet. In his final competition as a high-schooler, Benson hit a seasonal-best, 44 feet, 414 leap to take fifth in the triple jump. “I was just trying to do my best. I just figured this was my last time to jump, I want to give it all I’ve got,” he said. “I’m very, very pleased for Chris. He’s spent four years working as hard as he could to do something at the state level and he succeeded,” Risner explained. “He had his lifetime best in the triple jump in his last competition, and it got him up on the podium.”All three of Rifle’s state qualifiers exited quickly. Rachael Rung, who earlier set the RHS girls high jump school record, was 14th in the event. Hurdler Colby McFarlin was 15th in the boys 300 hurdle prelims. Justin Harris failed to advance to the finals in the boys high jump.
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