No spring break for prep track, baseball teams
Spring break. Hardly.
Area athletes in several sports are foregoing spring break this year to participate in games and meets scheduled over the traditional spring vacation.
In track and field as well as baseball, Glenwood Springs High School athletes have been practicing and training all week with weekend events on the calendar.
The Demon track and field team, at least a select portion of the team, will travel to the prestigious Runner’s Roost invitational on Saturday in Fort Collins.
A statewide selection of top participants in their events are invited.. The field will include several Demons, girls and boys.
The Glenwood tracksters opened the season a week ago at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction.
Demon senior Chas Salmen raced to victories in both the 1600 and 3200 and posted times that pre-qualify him for the State Track and Field Championships.
He won the 1600 in 4:35.03, just edging brother Marco Salmen. Marco, a junior, finished in 4:35.23.
In the 3200-meter run, Chas Salmen won in 10:03.08, again surpassing the state-qualifying time in the event. Brother Marco rallied late in the 3200 and eventually finished sixth in 10:22.95.
The Demon girls’ team was paced by strong relay showings as well as solid points in a variety of running and field events.
After this weekend’s spring break meet in Fort Collins, the Glenwood Springs track team will get back on track at the Hotchkiss Invitational on March 30.
Also this weekend, the Glenwood Springs prep baseball team will head out to the annual Montrose Tournament on Friday and Saturday – and a strong dose of good competition, according to GSHS head coach Mike Wilde.
The Glenwood baseball team will open the tournament at 10 a.m. Friday against Emery, Utah.
The Demons then will take on Lakewood or Durango in the second game of the tourney.
The Demons also will play a third game in the two-day event in Montrose.
“This will give us three good games early in the season,” Wilde said of his youthful Glenwood Springs team.
He said the competition will help the Demons gain valuable experience for the conference season and the postseason tournament.
“We’ve got a really young team this year,” Wilde said.
“Really, we’ve only got two starters back with significant time,” Wilde added. “It’s definitely a building year. But we’ll get better every day.
Seniors Dusty Lanci and Roberto Olivas return this year for the Demons. Andrew Blake and Jeremy Ureche, a pair of juniors, also return with varsity experience.
Move-in Josh Russo from Berthoud also will provide leadership for the Demons, according to Wilde.
“We should be pretty solid defensively … and we always hit the ball. That’s been our trademark here for years,” Wilde said.
“But this year we’re going to have to be scrappy.”
The regular season will resume for the Demons on Saturday March 30, when they travel to Steamboat Springs for a Western Slope League doubleheader.
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