Glenwood Springs Demons are psyched for state track meet
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Photos of Glenwood Springs track and field state champions proudly hang on the walls of Blake Risner’s office at Glenwood Springs Middle School.But it’s been five years since the Demons head coach has been able to add to his collection. After this Friday and Saturday’s Class 4A state meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, Risner is hoping to pin up more decorations as he believes some of his athletes have legitimate chances at getting titles.”I am ready for another championship picture up on my wall,” he said.Junior field star Donnie Jennert may be the Demon with the most promise, as he has put up some of the best marks in the state in the high jump and long jump. Jennert, who stands at 6-foot-8, has hit 6-8 in the high jump and 23-8.75 in the long jump this season.The boys long jump will be held Friday, and the high jump will follow on Saturday. Jennert will be aiming to become the first Demon to collect two individual state championships since Jacob Benson did it in the long and triple jump in 2001.
Fellow Glenwood junior Dakota Stonehouse also has a good shot at a state title, in Risner’s eyes. Stonehouse is one of the top seeds in the 300-meter hurdles. On the girls side, Risner believes hurdler Laura Young also has a good chance at a first-place finish. Ironically, one of the last Glenwood individual champions was also a 300 hurdler in Megan McKinnie. McKinnie and discus thrower Amber Sutherland both won individual state titles in 2003.Risner is also hoping for good things from distance runner junior Katrina Selsor, who just ran the 1,600 and 3,200 in the past, but added the 800 run to her list of state-qualifying events this year. “Katrina Selsor is running so well right now,” he said. “She has a chance to place in three events.”
Selsor will run in the 3,200 and 1,600 finals on Friday, then hit the track in the 800 on Saturday.While Jennert, Stonehouse, Young and Selsor might have the best chances of taking it all, the Demons have a deep team that includes 19 athletes going to state. Outside of seniors Sharaya Selsor and Lyndsey Wesson, the rest are all juniors, sophomores and freshmen.With the Demon girls coming fresh off of earning their regional title last weekend in Grand Junction, Risner knows the sky is the limit for his squad.”They are excited to see how they stack up against the best in state,” Risner said. “Those who are returners to state are well aware that it is a different world over there compared to regionals. That works both for and against us. It is bad because the competition is a lot tougher, but it is also good because we are some of the state’s best.”
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