Glenwood’s Buchanan challenged, but still comes out with 800 victory |

Glenwood’s Buchanan challenged, but still comes out with 800 victory

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

RIFLE – Taking first in the girls 800-meter run, like she did in Friday night’s Rifle Invitational, is nothing new for Melissa Buchanan.Having someone on her heels is something new.The freshman jumped out to an early lead in the race and started to pull away from the pack. But so did Angie Charchalis of Moffat County. The two kept distancing themselves from the crowd, and, although Buchanan had a clear lead, she couldn’t shake Charchalis.

“It was scary ’cause all of the other meets I have never had any competition so far, and I come her and she is right behind me,” Buchanan said.In the end, Buchanan held on, keeping the lead as she had done all race and won the event in 2:22.28. Charchalis was more than two seconds behind her and the pack finished at least five seconds after that.”I felt good because the Moffat County girl was my competition and my coach told me all about her, so it was really important to beat her,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan then raced in the 4X800 girls relay which also took first, something it is becoming quite used to as well. Buchanan raced with Katrina and Sharaya Selsor and Abbey Barnes and won in a time of 10:20.09.”It’s fun cause we have a really good team,” Buchanan said. “Our freshmen – everybody is really good.”One of those freshman was Katrina Selsor, who placed first in the 3,200 meters. Lapping 12 runners, Selsor won by more than a minute.

Fellow Demon Meg Waibel recorded a second-place mark in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.71.Another Glenwood relay team also found success, taking third place in the 4X200-meter relay. Amanda Welch, Lyndsey Wesson, Laura Young and Waibel won in 1:52.71.On the boys side, the 4X100 team of Justin Montover, Tyler Setterberg and Alex McPherson and Chris Benson took second. As soon as Benson took the baton, he almost caught up with Eagle Valley’s Sean Matheson, but couldn’t catch him – losing by .05.

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