Host Cardinals perform well |

Host Cardinals perform well

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Colton Cowan shook off the cold, a little bit of snow and considerable rust and came up rather big at Grand Valley’s home track and field meet on Wednesday.

And the Cardinal junior knows full well it’s his speed that gets him by in a sport he barely has any time to practice. That’s because the Grand Valley baseball team dominates his time.

“I’m out of shape,” Cowan joked after winning the 100-meter dash and both the 110 and 300 hurdles at the five-school meet. “I mainly just go to baseball (practices and games), unless it gets canceled.”

Cowan relegated teammate Jared Tonder to second in both hurdle events, timing in at 16.53 seconds to Tonder’s 16.67 in the 110 and 44.44 seconds to Tonder’s 44.9 in the 300.

Tonder, a sophomore and defending 2A state meet qualifier in the 300 hurdles, was feeling under the weather but wanted no part of excuses. He instead focused on what he needs to fine-tune.

“I just need to get my lungs back for the 300,” he said.

Cowan and Tonder were among a myriad bright spots for the Cardinals on a frigid weekday at Grand Valley High School. The host school had 19 wins to its credit ” nine for the boys and 10 for the girls.

Eric Glaze and Austin Germiller joined Cowan as multiple-event winners on the boys side, winning two events each.

Glaze topped 6 feet in the high jump and won the long jump with a leap of 18-11, while Germiller coasted in both the 1,600 (5:15.56) and 3,200 (11:47).

The only other boys event wins were Omar Melendrez’s gold run in the 200 (24.89) and a 4×100 relay first.

Brandi Krieg, Emmy Adkins and Caitlin Brady were big winners for the girls, winning two events apiece.

Krieg, a freshman distance phenom, coasted to wins in the 1,600 (5:47) and 3,200 (12:46), while Adkins sped to victories in the 100 (13.08) and 200 (28.12) and Brady powered her way to wins in the discus and shot put.

Brady out-tossed the field by more than 30 feet in the discus, logging a personal-best toss of 96 feet, 2 inches.

“I stayed on my toes really well and kept my head up,” Brady said of her Wednesday form. The sophomore has eclipsed 100 feet in practice.

Grand Valley first-year head coach Sean Rice, a former high school and collegiate discus and shot put thrower, expects the young Cardinal to make a push for the school record.

“Our record’s 115 (feet),” he said. “I have a feeling she’ll break it this year.”

Other Cardinal girls winning events were Sami Jo Krieg (800, 2:52), Erin Vanderpool (100 hurdles, 17.88) and the 4×100 and 800 medley relay teams.

Grand Valley ruled the team standings, with both teams easily outscoring a field that included Plateau Valley, Soroco, DeBeque and Meeker.

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