PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood cross country’s Connerton-Nevin, Johnson qualify for state meet; Glenwood volleyball sweeps Summit
Traveling to Grand Junction Thursday afternoon for the 4A Region 1 meet, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ cross country team saw standout girls runners Sophia Connerton-Nevin and Ella Johnson — a freshman and a sophomore, respectively — finish third and fifth respectively, qualifying for the 4A state championship meet later this month.
Connerton-Nevin finished behind Eagle Valley’s Samantha Blair and Battle Mountain’s Grace Johnson, crossing the finish line with a time of 17:51.28, earning a spot in the state meet in her first season at the varsity level. Johnson joined Connerton-Nevin in the top 5, crossing the line just seven seconds after her teammate with a time of 17:58.75.
The two underclassmen were the only Demons to qualify for the state meet for the boys and girls. Outside of Connerton-Nevin and Johnson in the girls’ race, sophomore Alexa Helms finished 26th with a time of 19:40.19. Junior Sophia Vigil finished 50th with a time of 20:53.65, while junior Maya Elias finished 51st with a time of 20:55.10.
Sophomore Emma Barsness placed 52nd with a time of 20:55.37, while sophomore Maria Carlson placed 55th with a time of 20:59.63.
In the boys’ race, sophomore Quinn MacPherson placed 60th for the Demons, recording the highest finish for the boys on the day, clocking a time of 17:41.61.
Junior Dalton Deter placed 65th with a time of 17:48.05, while junior William Berkheimer placed 84th with a time of 18:26.56.
Glenwood Springs 3, Summit 0
Hosting the Summit Tigers Thursday inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls volleyball team remained undefeated in 4A Western Slope League play by sweeping the Tigers by scores of 25-16, 25-10 and 25-16.
Against the Tigers, senior Kaitlyn Johnson continued her strong stretch of play, recording 13 kills, 20 digs and two aces.
Senior Shanik Zambrano chipped in with seven kills and 14 digs, while junior Charlotte Olszewski added seven kills. Senior Emily Nilsson turned in another strong all-around night with eight kills, five aces, 15 digs and 24 assists.
Montrose 3, Coal Ridge 1
Looking to bounce back after a tough road loss Tuesday to rival Grand Valley, the Coal Ridge Titans girls volleyball team played better at home Thursday night, but fell to the visiting Montrose Indians in four sets.
Against Montrose, the Titans fell by scores of 21-25, 25-16, 14-25 and 17-25.
Junior Taylor Wiescamp led the way with nine kills and seven blocks, while junior Brecken Guccini added eight kills and two aces.
Senior Lyanna Nevarez chipped in with 16 digs and four kills, while junior Phoebe Young recorded 10 assists, three kills and eight digs. Junior Ari Cornejo contributed nine assists and four kills, while senior Taylor Roberts added seven digs.
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