Little helps Rifle to third at Hotchkiss Invite |

Little helps Rifle to third at Hotchkiss Invite

HOTCHKISS ” Paced by a pair of top-four finishes by Ali Little, the Rifle girls track and field team finished in third place at the Hotchkiss Invitational meet held here Saturday.

Little was second in the 400 meters and fourth in the 200 to help Rifle to 68.5 team points. Fruita Monument won the 29-team meet with 90 points, edging host Hotchkiss with 89. Glenwood Springs was 16th with 12 points and Basalt was 19th with 5.5 points.

In the 400 Little posted a time of 1 minute, 3.64 seconds. Jessica Peters of Steamboat Springs won the event in 1:01.74. Little finished the 200 in 27.14 seconds, a quarter of a second behind winner Samantha Bacus of Montrose.

The Bears also took first place in the 800 relay with a time of 4:20.80, second in the medley relay and fourth in the 1,600 relay.

Other top-four finishes for Rifle came from Heather Anderson, who tied with Basalt’s Haley Stumpus for fourth in the 100 hurdles and also took fourth in the 300 hurdles; Christina Reynolds (fourth in the high jump); and Savannah Beecraft (fourth in the 800).

Glenwood’s top performer on the girls side was Amanda Alberico, who was fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600. Courtney Sutherland posted a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles.


The Rifle Bears boys track team won the 400 relay and had a trio of athletes post fourth-place finishes, good for a sixth-place team finish.

Montrose won the team title with 108.5 points. Rifle finished with 46.5, while Basalt and Glenwood were 14th and 15th, respectively, with 14 and nine points.

Brian Hileman (100 meters), Andrew Stone (shot put) and John Alderson (triple jump) all posted fourth-place finishes for the Bears.

Basalt’s Hank Kindell posted the top individual mark for local athletes, coming in second in the discus with a throw of 145-8. Maurice Manley of Central High School won the event with a toss of 160-8.

Chris Benson of Glenwood had a pair of top-five finishes, placing fourth in the high jump at 6-0 and fifth in the triple jump with a personal record of 41-4.

The Demons were hurt due to spring break with only 22 of their 44 athletes (both boys and girls) competing at the meet, according to head coach Blake Risner.

“Those athletes who chose to compete this weekend will benefit greatly from the additional training opportunity,” Risner said in a release.

Glenwood, Rifle, Basalt and Roaring Fork are all scheduled to compete in the Eagle Valley Invitational Saturday in Gypsum.

For more results, see Scoreboard on page 15.

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