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Just getting there not enough for Glenwood

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

In the past, having 11 athletes qualify for the Class 4A track and field state meet would have been more than satisfactory. But now, Glenwood Springs High head track and field coach Blake Risner wants more.”The past few years have been rebuilding years and we, the coaches and players, felt content with just making it to state. It’s no longer enough,” Risner said. “We have to set goals and go after them. Whether it be to get to finals, going for a spot in the top three in the championships or going after the state title, our goals need to be set high.”Talented female underclassmen, who make up seven of the 11 Demon athletes who will compete at Friday and Saturday’s meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood, will be at the center of those goals. Freshman Katrina Selsor is at the top of list, ranked third in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters going into the state meet. Fellow freshman Melissa Buchanan will be competing individually in the 800 and holds the ninth spot out of 18 athletes prior to the meet. Both runners raced to Western Regional titles last weekend in their respective events.”I am confident that they can go out and contend for state championships,” Risner said of Selsor and Buchanan.

Meg Waibel is the third and final freshman competing in an individual event as she will test her skills in the 200. Waibel and Buchanan, along with Lyndsey Wesson and Laura Young, will be aiming for a top finish in the 4X200 (where they are seeded No. 2) and 4X400 relays. Sharaya Selsor and Abbey Barnes, Buchanan and Katrina Selsor make up the 4X800 relay team, which is ranked third going into the meet. “I think they can control the 4X800 and have to opportunity to win a title if they have their best day. I think that lots of kids have an opportunity,” Risner said. “I’m actually kind of hoping that youth will be to their benefit.”On the boys side, senior Chris Benson will be leading the way, competing in the 200, triple jump and as a member of the 4X100 relay team.State: see page 16

“I am hoping that his experience gives him an advantage in that he knows what he has to do and how to mentally prepare,” Risner said. “It will take a lifetime-best effort for him to take the state title in the triple jump, but it is within his reach.”Fellow seniors Tyler Setterberg and Justin Montover, along with sophomore Alex McPherson, complete the Demon 4X100 squad.Three Bears to compete at state meetColby McFarlin, Justin Harris and Rachael Rung will be suiting up for Rifle this weekend at the Class 4A state meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.

“We are still in a rebuilding year after losing a lot of seniors last year, but these kids are all juniors and will provide leadership for us next year,” said Rifle head coach Scott Winter. “They deserve to go and earned their spots.”McFarlin will be racing in the 300-meter hurdles and will race in the No. 1 spot in the second heat (ranked ninth overall).”Times are going to be fast, but he’s got a chance to get into the finals,” Winter said. “He’ll need his best time of the year, but you never know what’s going to happen. That’s the best part of this meet – anything could happen.”Harris has a season-best mark of 6-2 in the high jump and is ranked No. 13 going into the state meet. Winter believes that a 6-3 will get Harris into the finals and hopes to see him do it.Rung, who broke Rifle’s school record with a 5-foot, 2 1/2-inch high jump mark earlier this season, is the only female competitor for Rifle.”She’ll have to get a 5-3 or 5-4, but she definitely has the ability to be in scoring position,” Winter said.

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