Prep roundup: Wagler keeps pace in Delta |

Prep roundup: Wagler keeps pace in Delta

Rifle High School senior Brenden Wagler, left, runs in the lead pack with Basalt's Zach Walsh (center) and Montrose's Ian Meek (right) during the Delta Invitational cross country meet on Friday in Delta. Meek went on to win the race, and Wagler finished fourth individually.
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DELTA — Rifle High School senior Brenden Wagler raced to a fourth-place finish at the Delta Invitational cross country meet on Friday morning, finishing right behind a competitive lead group of runners during one of the Western Slope’s top early season prep meets.

Wagler, a state qualifier for the Bears a year ago, crossed the finish line of the 5K race in 15 minutes, 52.03 seconds. It broke his previous personal-best time by close to a full minute, Rifle coach Ben Bradley said.

Winning was Montrose sophomore Ian Meek (15:47.89), with Jack Plantz of Telluride (15:48.97) and Basalt’s Zach Walsh (15:50.99) finishing just ahead of Wagler.

Wagler wound up being the top overall finisher among Garfield County athletes for the meet, which drew 147 boys runners and 114 girls runners.

Noah Crisler, a senior at Coal Ridge, finished 12th overall in 17:04.56 to place as the Titans’ top finisher.

Finishing behind him was Coal Ridge sophomore Justin Allen (17th, 17:21.22), Rifle sophomore Jack Rubalcave (66th, 18:53.02), Coal Ridge junior Javier Davila (73rd, 19:01.52), and Coal Ridge freshman Dalton Miner (93rd, 19:45.10). Also finishing was Grand Valley’s Joel Carrasco, a Class 3A state qualifier last year who placed 95th in 19:45.80.

On the girls’ side, Coal Ridge senior Mariela Martinez was 20th in 21:08.91, with Rifle senior Kelly Coombs taking 23rd in 21:19.86. Winning the race was Palisade’s Greta Van Calcar, a junior who won in 18:41.26.

Other area finishers included Coal Ridge’s Molly Mello (52nd, 22:41.07), Rifle’s Sarah Wagler (22:59.58) and Rifle’s Cameron Repp (87th, 24:50.73).


Roaring Fork, Grand Valley volleyball teams go 1-1 in tourney

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Both the Roaring Fork and Grand Valley volleyball teams split their pool-play games during play on Friday at the Demon Invitational tournament at Glenwood Springs High School.

The Rams beat Vista PEAK 25-14, 26-24, before losing to Class 2A power Lutheran 25-12, 25-14. Grand Valley beat Denver Christian 25-14, 26-24, before falling to Pagosa Springs 26-24, 25-22.

Glenwood fell to 0-2 in the tournament with a 25-20, 25-19 loss to Frontier Academy. Rifle dropped its only match of the tournament so far with a 25-22, 25-8 loss to Erie.

Tournament play continues at 8 a.m. today and will continue through 5 p.m.

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