Polowchena powers Demons
ALAMOSA – What the Glenwood Springs girls track and field team lacked in numbers Saturday, it made up for with performance.
The Demon girls, with just nine athletes, placed second at the 22-team Alamosa Invitational. Alamosa won the meet with 107 points, while Glenwood tallied 991⁄2.
“There were some incredible performances by our girls,” said coach Blake Risner. “We’re just starting to talk about the potential of the girls team and making a run at the regional title and individual championships. They wanted to go out and make a statement and certainly did.”
Jeri Polowchena led the Demons with first-place finishes in the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles. The senior posted a personal best of 34 feet, 71⁄2 inches in the long jump and was also a member of Glenwood’s 4×400 and 4×100 relay teams, which both placed second.
“Jeri had an outstanding meet,” Risner said. “It’s her senior year and she’s wanting to do as well as she can. I couldn’t have hoped for a better start to her season than she had with this meet.”
Megan McKinnie and Amber Sutherland also had strong performances, with each a first and second in individual events. They were also both members of the second-place relay teams. Angela Gabriel was the other member of the 4×400 relay team and Nicole Wagner rounded out the 4×100 team.
McKinnie dominated the long hurdles, which were run at the college distance of 400 meters, and placed second behind Polowchena in the 100 hurdles.
Sutherland took top honors in the discus and second in the shot.
Abbey Walters scored points in the 3,000 and 1,500 with a fourth and sixth, respectively. Stacey Miller was eighth in the 1,500.
Wagner contributed to the team point total in three individual events. The sophomore was fifth in the long jump and 100, and placed sixth in the 200.
Gabriel and Courtney Sutherland placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the triple jump.
On the boys side, The Demons had a solid outing with a fifth place finish at the meet.
Marco Salmen was the top point-getter with firsts in both the distance events. Salmen won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter collegiate distance runs, missing a meet record by roughly 2 seconds in the 1,500.
The senior was also a member of the 4×400 relay team that finished fifth. The other three athletes on the team were Dustin Braeger, Justin Church and Brandon Park. The 4×100 team of Braeger, Church, Park and Matt Wilson finished seventh.
Chase Warner earned second-place honors in the discus on the chilly, windy day, and posted a seventh in the shot put. Ryan Ericson was seventh in the discus.
Wilson – who is making the unusual transition for thrower to sprinter – placed fifth in the 100-meter dash.
Braeger also posted an sixth in the 800 meters.
“Overall, I’m very pleased considering what an inexperienced team we have,” Risner said of the boys squad. “They’ve been working hard all along, and they are starting to show the results, which is exciting.”
Times and distances from the event were not available.
The Roaring Fork boys track and field team placed 13th at the Hotchkiss Invitational held Saturday, while the Basalt squad placed 19th in the 24-team meet.
James Leonard was the scorer for Roaring Fork, finishing fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19-11 and fifth in the triple jump at 39-5.
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