Glenwood Springs girls roll to another Regional track and field title |

Glenwood Springs girls roll to another Regional track and field title

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Members of the Glenwood Springs High School track team relax and stretch prior to an event at the Regional Track Meet in Glenwood Springs on Saturday afternoon.

GRAND JUNCTION ” Lyndsey Wesson recalled the tense finish to last year’s Western Slope Regional track and field meet, when she and Demon girls teammates gnawed their fingernails down to nothing attempting to rally past Eagle Valley.

It was a 4×400-meter relay win that delivered that 2007 team the points necessary to edge Eagle Valley by 31⁄2 points for the regional title.

This year, Wesson and her Demon teammates had their second straight regional title well in the bag by the time the 4×400 relay ” Saturday’s final event at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium ” rolled around.

And they won the relay anyway.

“It was a lot different,” said a bright-eyed Wesson, a member of that 4×400 and the Demons’ 800 sprint medley squad. “This race there was really no pressure, but we still wanted to go out there and win. It was nice seeing Laura (Young) finish 10 meters in front of everybody.”

Young, the 4×400 anchor, polished off a race that fittingly mirrored the team standings race. Glenwood finished nearly 7 seconds ahead in that race, and 75 points ahead of Moffat County (170-95) in the team title chase.

And the Demons did it with flair, taking four out of five relay races and getting a big individual win from Young in the 300 hurdles.

Young, who already had a state prequalifying mark under her belt entering regionals, went all out in Junction ” and it paid off in a big way.

She not only grabbed a region title but broke Jennifer Kishimoto’s school record by crossing the finish line in 44.84 seconds.

Teammate Kristy Moore finished behind Young in second.

“I’m so excited,” a giddy Young said after the race. “Everyone was just telling me to go for it. My good friend, (Eagle Valley’s) Ashley (Roweheder), wasn’t in the race, and she told me to go for it.”

That wasn’t the only time Young tasted victory on a sunny Saturday in Grand Junction. She was also part of the Demons’ victorious 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams.

All told, the Glenwood girls spread 10 top-three finishes among eight individuals. Finishing in the top three at regionals earned advancement to the May 16-17 state meet in Lakewood.

Katrina Selsor was a double-event state qualifier, taking second in both the 800 and 1,600.

Freshman sprint phenom Jolie Dubois blazed to second in both the 100 and 200, while Taylor Goodstein pulled off third in the 100 hurdles to make state.

Junior Meg Waibel added a win in the 400.

Molly Sundeen (high jump) and Theresa Gabriel (triple jump) are also headed to state by virtue of third-place finishes on Friday.

Dakota Stonehouse saved his best race for regionals, clocking a 39.25-second run in the boys 300 hurdles to not only win but break his own school record on Saturday.

Stonehouse also won the 110 high hurdles and ran the third leg on the Demons’ first-place 4×400 relay team.

The Glenwood junior seemed most pleased with what that 4×400 team accomplished.

“It’s good to get the sophomores to state ” Travis (Whitman) and Wyatt (Israel),” he said of his relay mates. “It’s good to get them that experience of state, going up against the big boys.”

Connor Riley, who enjoyed his share of individual success by winning the boys 400 and triple jump on Saturday, rounded out that victorious 4×400 quartet.

Donnie Jennert held his form from a dominant regular season to win both the high jump and long jump. The 6-foot-8 junior, who cleared 6-8 on the high jump and covered 22-101⁄4 in the long jump, should be in the mix for a state title next weekend.

Also heading to state for Glenwood is hurdler Kurt Hartmann, who tailed Stonehouse to second in both the 110 and 300 races.

The Demon boys placed second to region champion Battle Mountain in the team standings, falling 165-122 in that battle.

Rifle relay teams punched their tickets to state on Saturday.

The Bear boys took second in the day-ending 4×400 relay and third in both the 4×100 and 4×200 to advance in all three events.

Hazen Moss, who already had a state pre-qual time locked up in the 400, struggled through a hamstring injury Saturday. Regardless, he ran both the state-bound 4×200 and 4×400 relay events.

Tyler Chapman, who ran both with Moss, said watching his teammate grimace down the stretch of the 4×400.

“We could all tell he let up a bit,” Chapman said. “It’s probably good that he let up.”

Joining the boys at state thanks to a third-place run is the Bears’ 4×100 relay team of Natalie Whitmore, Tori Jorgensen, Holly Keeper and Cami Castillo.

Jorgensen is also bound for state in the pole vault. She locked up that qualifying mark on Tuesday.

Kyle Zumbranen and James Martinez, with first- and third-place respective finishes, are also headed to state in the pole vault.

Saturday marked the end of an era. Next year, and for at least one year after that, regional tournaments will cease to exist thanks to a recent CHSAA vote.

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