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Glenwood, Rifle post solid marks

GRAND JUNCTION ” In both team’s first competitive action of the season, the Glenwood Springs and Rifle high school track squads posted some solid performances at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.

Rifle had three individuals and one relay team finish in the top three at the 19-team meet, while the Demons earned a trio of relay ribbons and also had an individual placer.

Rifle’s Ali Little had the highest mark among local athletes with a time of 1 minute, 2.36 seconds for second-place in the 400 meters. The Bears also tallied a second-place finish in the girls 4×400-meter relay.



Savannah Beecraft was third in the 800 with a time of 2:32.81 and the Bears’ Christina Reynolds and Montanah Matthies placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump.

On the boys side for Rifle, Marcus Carrion and John Alderson both brought home bronze. Carrion had a discus throw of 131 feet, 7 inches and Alderson was third in the triple jump with a mark of 42-21⁄2.



The Demons, competing with just 25 of their 45 athletes in the opener, were carried by their relay teams.

The boys 4×400 team ” consisting of Joe Schiavone, Chris Benson, Adam Vincent and Dustin Braeger ” finished third with a time of 3:39.53. The 4×100 relay squad (Schiavone, Benson, Vincent and Matt Wilson) notched a fourth-place finish with a time of 45.73 seconds, much faster than last year’s Demon relay team state qualifying mark of 46.57.

Benson posted the top individual mark for the Demons, clearing 5-10 for eighth in the high jump.

The Demon girls 4×400 relay team (Andrea Vincent, Nicole Wagner, Sam Ciani and Leah Hinkey) was sixth with a time of 4:25.28.

“Closing the meet with such impressive performances sets the tone for the rest of the season,” Glenwood head coach Blake Risner said.


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