Kishimoto, Demons earn trips to state
Two weeks prior to graduating from Glenwood Springs High School, Jennifer Kishimoto gave herself a going-away present while raising the Demons spirits at this weekend’s 4A Regional track meet.
The senior qualified for next week’s 4A State Track Championships in Lakewood in two events, while recording a sensational first-place time of 46.06 seconds in the girls 300 intermediate hurdles.
This will be Kishimoto’s third appearance in the state meet in her four-year career with the Demon track team. She won the state title in the 300 hurdles as a freshman.
Besides the hurdles, Kishimoto also will see action in the 4×400 relay.
She, along with teammates Lacey Darien, Megan McKinnie and Abbey Walters clocked a winning time of 4 minutes, 12.60 seconds, five seconds ahead of second- place Montrose.
McKinnie and Kishimoto give the Demons a 1-2 punch in the 300 hurdles. McKinnie had prequalified in the event. She finished second Saturday, posting a 46.17.
Megan McGrath will represent the Demons at state in the 100-meter hurdles. She prequalified in an earlier meet as well, but tuned up for the state meet by finishing second in the event Saturday at 16.03, a few tenths of a second behind Rifle’s Danielle Reedy.
Glenwood Springs teammate Amber Sutherland also had a strong Regional meet.
The Demon sophomore advanced to the state meet by winning the girls discus and finishing third in the shot put, then barely missed qualifying for state in a third event when she just missed the cut in the triple jump.
Sutherland bested Montrose’s Brittany Sandoval for the gold medal in the discus. Outdistancing the Indian senior with a throw of 122-3 to Sandoval’s best of 117-9.
In the shot put, Sutherland threw a season’s best 35-9 to vault over Palisade’s Bobbie Sloan for third place.
Delta’s Shannon Doty spoiled Sutherland’s bid for a third state qualifier when the Panther junior leaped into third place with a jump of 34-6 that bettered Sutherland’s mark of 34-4 1/2.
In fact, many of the Demons suffered a similar fate of finishing fourth at Regionals and just missing the state berth.
Dain Reardon was told by meet officials that he had finished third over James Durning of Montezuma-Cortez in 200 meter finals.
Moments later, Reardon’s dream was crushed.
A finish-line photo revealed Durning had edged Reardon by the slimmest of margins for third place and the state berth. Reardon was fourth.
Demon Abbey Walters suffered highs and lows while running the 1600 meters.
The Demon freshman almost pulled an upset. Pulling away at the start, Walters led the entire race until the final turn of the fourth lap, when she tired in the stretch, surrendering the lead to Moffat County’s Charlotte Steele.
The race still turned out well for Walters. Her second-place time of 5:27.50 means she goes on to state in that event as well as in the 800, where she turned in another second-place time.
Glenwood also took second place while breaking a school record in the 4×800 relay. The Demons’ time of 10:09.06 allows Kessie Schwanebeck, Lacey Darien, Sarah Shepard and Walters a shot at earning a state medal.
Darien also advanced to the state meet in the 3200 meters with a third-place finish of 12:08.24. She also had prequalified for state in the event.
Chas and Marco Salmen commanded a lot of attention in the boys distance events in Grand Junction last weekend.
But, it turned out to be a little different than most expected.
On Friday, the Salmen brothers, with Chas in the lead, were in command for most of the four-lap race which turned into a four-way thriller between the two Demons, long-time rival Ben Tobler of Montrose and Steamboat’s Ian Ramsey.
But, a lingering illness left Chas Salmen weak.
He faded in the final turn, forcing younger brother Marco to turn on the afterburners.
The younger Marco clocked in at 4 minutes, 28.03 seconds, beating the hard-charging Tobler by a second while Chas bested Ramsey, 4:31.06 to 4:35.02, for third place.
Marco Salmen continued his winning ways on Saturday. He won both the 800 and 3200 runs with ease.
In the shorter of the two races, Marco was the only runner in a field of 26 participants to break the two-minute barrier. He finished the race in 1:59.93, two-plus seconds ahead of Tim Bailey from Moffat County.
In the 3200, Marco bested Palisade’s Brian Weaver in 10:08.61.
“All the way across the board, we had outstanding efforts,” said Glenwood Springs boys coach Blake Risner.
He said it was agonizing to come up with three fourth-place finishes, just missing state bids.
“We had great efforts by a great group of kids,” he said of the 16 Demon boys competing at Regionals.
“They did everything they could,” Risner said. “I couldn’t be more proud of a group than I am of these guys.”
And in 3A regional meet action, Roaring Fork’s James Leonard advanced to that classification’s state meet in Pueblo in the triple jump and long jump. He’ll be joined by fellow Ram Alex Tiernan, who took fourth in the 3A 3200 meters and Basalt sprinter Jed Goodwin, who will represent the Longhorns in the 100 meter dash.
In Class 3A the top four finishers at Regionals advanced to state.
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