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Glenwood Springs has solid performance on the track, field

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” Entering the Class 4A state track meet, Glenwood Springs head coach Blake Risner had high expectations.

After the Demons athletes acquired 13 medals, broke two school records and countless personal records, the longtime coach couldn’t help but smile.

“I am real pleased with the effort. They came here to compete, and they did all the way up and down the line,” Risner said. “They gave it their all. I am a fortunate coach to have that.”

The Glenwood Springs girls finished with 32 points for 13th place in the team standings, while the Demon boys placed 16th with 24 points.

In the high jump, Donnie Jennert finished as the runner-up, and the junior also took third in the long jump. Laura Young placed second in the girls 300-meter hurdles, while Dakota Stonehouse crossed the line in third in the boys 300 hurdles and took ninth in the 110 hurdles.

The Glenwood girls relays continued their success and added three state medals to cap off their incredible year. The 4×400 relay team of Meg Waibel, Kristy Moore, Lyndsey Wesson and Laura Young not only finished fourth in its event, but the foursome’s time of 3:58.30 also broke the school record from last year.

“We just broke the school record,” Wesson said. “We are stoked.”

The 800 sprint medley team of Waibel, Wesson, Jolie Dubois and Young earned a third-place medal with a time of 1:49.25 and were just a fraction of a second from breaking Glenwood’s school record (1:49.07) set by the state championship relay in 1994.

“We weren’t expecting that,” said Wesson, one of only two seniors on the Demons’ track and field team. “That was pretty sweet.”

Wesson, who had earned two medals in the past for running legs on Glenwood relays, doubled her hardware collection over the weekend to end her prep career on a high note.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending than this. My best medal before was sixth place, so that’s really good,” she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing. This has my favorite high school memories. The coaches are like my parents. I’ll be watching next year and keep in touch with them. I am sad to leave, but they have a great team. They’ll be fine.”

Katrina Selsor, who placed sixth in the 1,600 on Friday, medaled again on Sunday with a ninth-place finish in the 800. Her time of 2:18.68 also broke a Glenwood school record, which was previously held by current teammate Melissa Buchanan.

On limited rest, Selsor then went out and placed 12th in the 3,200.

“She set the record in the 800 and then to come back in the 3,200 40 minutes later, just to score points for the team ” you’ve got to give it to her,” Risner said of Selsor, a junior. “She is a great leader for our team.”

Individually, Waibel finished with an eighth-place medal in the 400, and Connor Riley placed ninth in the boys 400 to get a medal of his own. Riley also recorded a personal best triple jump mark of 42-05.75, but just missed advancing to the finals.

The girls 4×200 relay also medaled by placing ninth in the event with a time of 1:50.45.

The meet marked the end of the high school careers of Wesson and Sharaya Selsor, Katrina’s older sister. Risner knows it will be hard to replace the duo, but can’t help but look forward to the future with all the young talent on his squad.

“Lyndsey and Sharaya have been three-year captains for me,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be a loss, but I have to say the future is bright.”


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