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GRAND JUNCTION ” On top of a second-place finish for the Glenwood Springs girls at Saturday’s Mickey Dunn Invitational, the Demons posted a few state pre-qualifying times.

One was the girls 3,200-meter relay team of Melissa Buchanan, Abbey Barnes, Sharaya Selsor and Katrina Selsor, who timed in at 10 minutes, 3.78 seconds. That topped the 4A qualifying time of 10:05.07.

“This was a very impressive run considering that it was the first competition of the season for Sharaya and Katrina,” Glenwood track and field coach Blake Risner said of his basketball-playing track standouts.



Donnie Jennert added a pre-qual mark in the boys high jump, clearing the bar at 6 feet, 5 inches. That beat out the pre-qual height by two inches.

Next up for the Demon track squads is a March 29 trip to Rangely for the Panther Invitational. The Demons had been scheduled to attend the Joe Shields Invitational in Kremmling, but that meet has been canceled due to a snow-covered track.



HOTCHKISS ” Hotchkiss transformed into a track and field hot spot on Saturday, and area schools Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and Grand Valley all contributed to the best of their ability.

None finished particularly high in the team standings at the Hotchkiss Invitational, but there were numerous high-powered individual performances to boast about.

Roaring Fork’s Tyler Thompson took home a pair of field-event golds in boys competition, dominating both the triple and long jumps. He recorded a high distance of 41 feet, 4 1/2 inches in the former and 20-3 1/2 in the second. Grand Valley’s Matt Zollars placed third in the triple jump (39-6 1/2).

Grand Valley’s Jared Tonder sped to a first-place in finish in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.23 seconds, beating out Eagle Valley’s Eric Kline (18.4) by a sizable margin. Tonder added a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (43.58).

Roaring Fork’s Casey Weaver took second in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:54.34, crossing the line just behind Eagle Valley’s Jamie Fahrmeyer (4:51.51). Also of note for the Rams, Jon Araujo finished second in the shot put (40-11).

A Coal Ridge team scored third in the 4×100 relay (47.47).

Roaring Fork finished eighth in the team standings with 40 points, just ahead of ninth-place Grand Valley (30) and 10th-place Coal Ridge (19). Eagle Valley won the boys title with 122 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Cedaredge (95).

In the girls half of the Hotchkiss Invite, Grand Valley’s Erin Vanderpool, who just last weekend was playing for a state basketball title in Pueblo, won the 100 hurdles in 17.99 seconds. She narrowly edged Coal Ridge’s Cheyln McCain (18.08).

The Cardinals’ Brandi Kreig was tops in both the 1,600 and 3,200, notching a mile time of 5:47.2 and two-mile time of 12:47.47.

Other high finishes for locals included Grand Valley’s Caitlin Brady’s third-place toss in the shot put (29-7) and Emmy Adkins’ bronze run in the 400 (1:05.42).

The Cardinal medley relay team finished second behind Olathe by a fraction of a second, clocking a 2:00.34 to the Pirates’ 2:00.32.

The Grand Valley girls took sixth as a team with 63.5 points. Coal Ridge was ninth (24) and Roaring Fork 13th (5) out of 15 scoring teams. Eagle Valley won the girls title with 106 points, edging host Hotchkiss by 2.5 points.

OLATHE ” Roaring Fork remained winless for the baseball season after being swept in a Saturday doubleheader at Olathe.

The host Pirates had their offense running in high gear, winning by counts of 16-1 and 13-3.

Ten Roaring Fork errors in the opener and five more in the second game didn’t help matters much for the Rams, who dropped to 0-3 overall, all 3A Western Slope League contests.

Olathe is now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the WSL.

Next on the slate for the Rams is a March 29 doubleheader with Hotch-kiss in Carbondale.


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