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Glenwood posts 10 top-ten finishes

Jeff Caspersen
jcaspersen@postindependent.com
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Laura Young competes in the 4A girls 300-meter hurdles final at the state track and field meet in Lakewood on Saturday. Young finished third and teammate Kristy Moore took sixth.
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LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” Laura Young knows she’s leaving the Glenwood Springs girls track and field program in the best of hands.

Look no farther than her best event ” the 300-meter hurdles.

Young, a senior, entered the three-day state track and field meet in Lakewood as one of three ” yes, three ” Demons qualified for the event. And one was a sophomore and the other a freshman.



“Not much is going to change when I leave,” she said. “They’ll step up. I know they will.”

The youngsters didn’t wait until Young left to start stepping up.



On Saturday, Young and the sophomore, Kristy Moore, zoomed to third- and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in the 300 finals, gaining points that helped the Demon girls to a seventh-place finish in the team standings.

“It’s been incredible,” Young said. “Even though we’re little Glenwood Springs, we still came here and competed with Thompson Valley – we beat them yesterday in the medley ” and Mullen and everybody.”

And, with a huge concentration of young talent on the girls team, the future surely holds its share of equally bright moments.

First things first, though.

Coach Blake Risner and the Demons made the most of the present on Saturday, producing high finishes across the board.

Both Glenwood’s girls and boys 4×400-meter relay teams ended the day with gritty second-place runs, each establishing new school records in the process.

Dakota Stonehouse, Kurt Hartmann, Wyatt Israel and Travis Whitman sped to a 3 minute, 22.17 second clocking in the boys race, while Meg Waibel, Laura Young, Allison Brown and Kristy Moore zoomed across the line in 3:56.57.

Risner was taken aback by the performances.

“Oh my goodness,” he said. “If you saw the 4x400s, that was everything. Both were second and both were school records. Those two performances epitomized the program. Those kids gave it their all. They laid it out there like no other.”

Stonehouse and Hartmann also rose to the occasion in their individual Saturday finals, taking fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 300 hurdles. Stonehouse crossed in 39.2 seconds and Hartmann in 39.31. Katrina Selsor ran the girls 1,600, finishing 10th (5:22.77).

Glenwood’s girls also ran the 4×100 relay, posting a sixth-place finish (50.07).

It was a state meet that Risner, whose Demons posted 10 top-10 finishes between its boys and girls teams, will never forget.

And, with athletes like Young and her fellow seniors serving as mentors to the program’s foundation of youth, he might experience another unforgettable meet or two in the coming years.

“It’s going to springboard us to succeed in the future,” Risner said. “They have great leadership. I’m going to miss this senior group and their tremendous leadership ability and their tremendous heart.”

Rifle’s 4×400-meter relay team ended the state meet on a strong note, blazing to fourth behind the legs of Ryan Davis, Humberto Guerrero, Tyler Rust and Joe Burgess. The foursome broke a school record in the process, clocking in at 3:23.37.

James Martinez cleared 13 feet in the boys pole vault to claim eighth place for the Bears, while Kyle Zumbrennan finished 14th (12-0).

Tori Jorgensen cleared 8-6 in the girls pole vault to take 15th.


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