Local athletes shine under lights
RIFLE – A glow of good feelings radiated off area athletes after competing under the Friday night lights in the first Rifle Invitational track meet held in the evening.The host Bears amassed 201 points to win the boys meet team championship. Eagle Valley was a distant second with 125.50 points. Glenwood finished in a tie for fifth.”We performed well today and were blessed with great conditions,” said head coach Matt Petersen. “Scoring 201 points is indicative of our depth. In a lot of the events, we scored with three kids, and this is the kind of meet where depth wins.”Individually, Rifle got its typical strong performances from stalwarts John Alderson and Andrew Stone, along with a surprise when anchorman Hazen Moss blazed by Moffat County in the 4×400 relay for a season-best 3 minute, 30.63 winning time.”That was nice,” Petersen said. “But I think that’s the last time we’ll run that combination together. Jordan Robinson usually runs the open 400, but we decided to pop him in there to see what they could do. But, unfortunately, he only gets to compete in four events (at regionals).”
Robinson is slated to run in the 100, 200, 400 and on Rifle’s 4×100 relay team at the regional meet in Grand Junction.Alderson easily captured first-place medals in the long and triple jump with leaps of 20 feet, 812 and 44-512 inches. Stone retained his unofficial title as the king of 4A Western Slope throwers with winning marks of 49-514 and 145-812 in the shot put and discus.Likewise, Glenwood’s Chris Benson had a lot to smile about after qualifying for the Class 4A state meet in the high jump and triple jump.Meet: see next pageBenson ended his search for that elusive inch he needed in the high jump to reach the 6-3 state-meet qualifying standard.
“It makes me feel a lot safer, because I don’t have to worry about it at regionals,” Benson said.Benson secured his state spot in the triple jump with a second-place mark of 44-0, surpassing the state minimum by six inches.Area track fans also got a second look at Brad Gamble, of Eagle Valley, Friday night. Gamble, the meet record holder in both boys hurdle events, bettered his year-old mark in both events.Gamble came in at 14.70 in the high hurdles, .02 better than his previous meet record. In the 300, Gamble posted a 38.71 time, the best 4A mark of the season, according to RockyPreps.Rifle girls take second
The girls had plenty to shout about as well.Rifle finished second in the eight-team meet with 123 points. Eagle Valley, led by triple-event winner Ashley Rohwider, won the overall team title with 174 points. Glenwood was fifth with 64 points. Running with a stomach aliment, Elisabeth Strouse captured the girls 1,600 meters in 5:44.62, four seconds ahead of runner-up Cass Henion, of Hotchkiss. The illness forced Strouse to withdraw from the 3,200.Katie Buchanon, Lindsey Bowen, Nicole Bendetti and Kendall Babler recorded a season-best time of 52.43 to win the 4×100 relay. Bowen also finished second in the 200 and third in the 100.Running in the 400, Glenwood’s Abbey Walters raced to a 1:02.97 third-place time and took fifth in the 800 in 2:35.73.The Bears and Demons are scheduled to compete at the Clint Wells Invitational in Craig Saturday.
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