Prep notebook: Double-duty Titans attracting more attention
Coal Ridge High School’s girls soccer team is getting a little extra publicity.
The Titans, who improved to 13-0-0 overall and are ranked No. 4 in the CHSAAnow.com Class 3A girls soccer poll, just got a writeup from Brian Miller, who covers high school sports for MaxPreps.com. It detailed the tradition Coal Ridge has maintained of having athletes be successful in both track and field and girls soccer.
That’s picked up a notch this season. With 10 athletes pulling double duty this year — which makes up more than half of the girls soccer team — neither team has skipped a beat from last season. And that success has come without Alicia Hampton, who has missed much of both seasons with a leg injury.
Hampton said last week she’ll be able to rejoin the track team before the season ends, but she won’t be able to play soccer. The unbeaten Titans seem to be OK in her absence, though — six players have scored at least five goals this season. Their leading goal scorer is senior Paige Ryan, whose 25 goals place her among the state’s top goal scorers, and who has broken school records this year in both the long jump and 400 meters.
Hampton was on the 4×400-meter relay team that won the Class 3A state championship last year, by the way. The school is in a good position to do it again, too — its top time of 4 minutes, 7.67 seconds, according to http://www.co.milesplit.com, is the classification’s top time in the event by more than 3 seconds.
Coal Ridge boys track team looking for rare feat
The Coal Ridge boys track team is on pace to set new standards in each of the relay events at this year’s 3A state meet.
Through Wednesday, Coal Ridge owned the classification’s top time in the 4×800 relay (8:16.87) and the 4×400 relay (3:28.28). What’s more, the Titans own the second-best times in both the 4×100 relay (43.97) and 4×200 relay (1:30.51). Manitou Springs owns the state’s top times in those two events.
Last season, Coal Ridge won the state championship in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays. The Class 3A state meet, along with each of the state’s other classifications, will take place the week of May 15 through 17 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
The wild, wild 4A Western Slope League
The baseball teams at Rifle and Glenwood Springs high schools have some big games coming up with playoff implications.
Glenwood (7-5 overall, 4-3 Class 4A Western Slope League) hosts league-leading Delta (12-2, 8-1) at 3 p.m. today. It will be the first of three games in three days the Demons will play at home — Glenwood hosts a key league doubleheader against third-place Eagle Valley (7-4-1, 5-2) on Saturday.
The top three teams in the final league standings earn an automatic berth in the 4A state playoffs, which begin the week of May 5.
Rifle (10-5, 7-4) is in fourth place in the WSL standings. The Bears play a nonleague game at Class 3A Basalt on Friday before playing a game at rival Glenwood on April 29. They’ll finish the season with a doubleheader at Battle Mountain on May 3.
The Bears, if they win the remainder of their games, would put themselves in a great position to reach the postseason. Though the top three finishers in the league standings reach the state playoffs, the Colorado High School Activities Association has a wild-card point system that incorporates four to six teams into the 32-team state playoff bracket.
CHSAA says on its website that 26 of the spots are determined by league finish. As of Wednesday, Rifle was ranked No. 25 in the wild-card point standings, meaning the Bears would reach the postseason if the season had already ended.
Jon Mitchell is the sports editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Rifle Citizen Telegram. He can be reached at 970-384-9123, or by email at email@example.com.
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Six members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club traveled to Aurora July 10-11 to compete in the Colorado State Junior Olympic Meet with coach Anne Swanson.