RIFLE They may be teammates on the 4×100 and 4×200-meter relay teams and good friends, but Nick Alderson doesn’t like finishing second to buddy Tyler Thompson.At Friday’s Rifle Track and Field Invitational, Alderson edged out his fellow Rifle Bear by a three-tenths of a second for a thrilling 100-meter dash win.”I like Tyler. We’re good friends,” said Alderson, who timed in at 11.72 seconds. “It always seems to be between him and I.”When not racing against each other, the two were teaming up to win relays.The Bears took both the 400 and 800-meter relays with solid showings. Alderson and Thompson linked up with Kale Roberts and Ryan McIntosh to take the 4×100 (44.38) and with Joe Burgess and McIntosh to claim the 4×200 win.
“Our relays are doing really good,” Alderson said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll go to state. It’d be great.”Alderson said he and his teammates are shooting to take out his older brother John’s school record in each of the sprint relays. To do so, the 2007 Bears would have to clock in at 43.93 (4×100) and 1:31.79 (4×200) to knock off the record marks set back in 2004.Alderson followed up all that by winning the 200 (23.27) in close fashion.Rifle and Glenwood athletes made strong showings in the hurdles, with the Bears’ Matt Hubble winning the 110 and Demon Dakota Stonehouse taking the grueling 300.On the girls side, it was business as usual for Glenwood’s Melissa Buchanan, who pulled away from teammate Sharaya Selsor in a last-lap surge in the 1,600 in a time of 5:40.62.
Though she finished second, Selsor’s run didn’t earn points for the Demons, running unattached as penalty for missing last weekend’s Demon Invitational for a basketball commitment.Katrina Selsor easily won the 3,200, crossing the line in a time of 11:37.49 to beat out the nearest competition by nearly two minutes.Glenwood’s Meg Waibel took the 400 in 1:00.62, though to her it paled in comparison to what the Demons did in the relays she partook in, including a second-place finish in the 800 sprint medley.”The relays are definitely more rewarding,” she noted. “The whole team is supportive of everyone. It just means more.”The Demon girls scored a relay win in the 4×800, with Katrina Selsor, Lyndsey Wesson, Abbey Barnes and Buchanan combining for gold (10:44.94).
Rifle’s relays were also on target, with the Bears winning the 4×200 relay, grabbing second in the 4×100 and third in the 800 sprint medley. Emmy Moeller, Kelsey Feeley, Sarah Burgess and Julian Burgess were in on the 4×200 win.As of 10:10 p.m., Eagle Valley led the boys team standings by a wide margin. With 26 events scored, the Devils had 155 points to second-place Rifle’s 121.5 and Glenwood’s 119.Through 23 events scored for the girls, Eagle Valley led with 122 points. Rifle was in second with 107.5 and Glenwood in third with 104.5.Rifle coach Jerry Shafer was happy to see his kids high in the standings on both sides.”It’s good to have a good showing in front of your home crowd, especially when it’s a state-qualifier meet” he said. “You have friends, fans, teachers and administrators out watching you. You want to be proud representing Rifle.”
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.