Locals prepare for 3A and 4A state track meets at Jefferson County Stadium
The Western Slope has a large number of representatives heading over the mountains looking to pick up some podium finishes at this week’s state Track & Field meets at Jefferson County Stadium in Denver.
Competitors from Basalt, Coal Ridge, Glenwood Springs, Grand Valley, Rifle and Roaring Fork will compete at the state meets, which kick off Thursday and run through Sunday.
The Longhorns will send eight individual competitors down to the 3A state Track & Field meet, along with four relay teams. Led by senior Caleb Rewinkel, the Longhorns appear poised to grab at least one podium finish.
Rewinkel will compete in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the long jump, making for a busy weekend for the senior.
Along with Rewinkel, senior Jake Schiesser (high jump, long jump and triple jump) and junior Miles Levy (high jump) will serve as the other boys representatives for the Longhorns.
In the girls’ bracket, sophomore Nicole Alvarado will compete in the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter run, while fellow Basalt sophomore Alyssa Maniscalchi will compete in the 400 meter run.
Sophomore Carly Robinson will run the 3,200 meter run, while sophomores Kaylin Williams and Morgan Ash will compete in the high jump to wrap things up in individual competition for the Longhorns.
Basalt will have relay teams race in the girls 4×100 meter, the 4×400 meter, the 4×800 meter and the 800 meter medley.
The defending 3A Western Slope League champion Coal Ridge Titans lead the way for local schools with representatives at the 3A state meet, as the Titans will send 10 individual competitors to the meet, along with eight relay teams.
For the boys, junior James Nalley will compete in the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, while sophomore Dylan Allen will compete in the 300 hurdles with Nalley.
Sophomore Jacx Power will test his skills in the pole vault, while sophomore Billett Porter will compete in the triple jump. The Titans will also have boys relay teams compete in the 4×100 meter, 4×200 meter, 4×400 meter and the 4×800 meter relays.
For the girls, standout senior Amber Bowles leads the field for the Titans, where she’ll compete individually in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. The senior will also race in a few relay events as well.
Along with Bowles, junior Dana Kotz (100 meter dash), junior Kourtney Gasaway (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and pole vault) and senior Allie Winkler (100 hurdles and pole vault) will head to Denver to compete at the state track meet.
Sophomore Emily Wright will also join the large group of Titans making the trek, as she’ll compete in the triple jump, long jump and pole vault.
In relay events, the Titans will have teams in the 4×100 meter, 4×200 meter, 4×400 meter and 800 meter medley relay.
The Cardinals will send a small group up to Denver for the state meet, but the group is loaded with individuals who stand a good chance at placing on the podium.
In the 110 hurdles, freshman Angel Garcia was near the top in state qualifying, joining a few local runners. Junior basketball standout Gunner Rigsby made good use of his impressive jumping abilities by qualifying for the state meet in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, where he’s near the top of the list in each event.
For the girls, junior Kylyn Rigsby (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump), freshman Shaya Chenoweth (long jump) and senior Litah Campbell (high jump) will represent the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will also have a girls 800 medley team compete at the state track meet.
The Rams closed the season strong, placing five individual competitors in the 3A state meet, along with one relay team.
For the boys, sophomore Jasper Germain will compete in the 110 hurdles and the high jump, while sophomore Justin Thompson will compete in the 110 hurdles and the long jump.
Senior Robbie Thompson held on to one of the final spots in the 800 meter run and will represent the Rams at the event in the state meet. The boys will also have a relay team in the 4×800 meter relay event.
For the girls, freshman Kendall Bernot will compete in the 300 meter hurdles, which is loaded with local talent. Junior Jazmin Contreras will compete in the 100 meter dash for the Rams.
In 4A, the Glenwood Springs Demons and Rifle Bears will each send a solid group to Jefferson County Stadium to compete in the 4A state meet.
The Demons will send two boys and one girl to the state meet, led by junior Larry Flores, who will compete in the 300 hurdles.
Along with Flores, freshman Bryce Risner will compete in the high jump for the Demons. Glenwood will also have a boys relay team in the 4×400 meter event.
For the girls, sophomore Sequoia Kellogg will compete in the 300 hurdles and the high jump, rounding out the individual competitors for Glenwood.
The Bears will focus mainly on distance events as junior Jack Rubalcave (800 meter run) and sophomore Sarah Wagler (3,200 meter run) look to reach the podium for Rifle.
Senior Joe Kosht will compete in the shot put and the discus for the Bears, while a relay team will compete in the 4×400 meter event for Rifle.
Full heat sheets for the 3A and 4A state meets can be found on CHSAAnow.com.
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Coal Ridge could just pull off a 3A league championship if the Titans take care of their own business and get a little help from afar.