Prep track: Copeland leads Bears at Highlands Ranch; Glenwood relays, Roaring Fork’s Howe excel in Grand Junction
PARKER — Carsyn Copeland managed a first-place finish in the high jump to go with a high finish in the long jump for Rifle High School’s track and field team at the Highlands Ranch Memorial Invitational on Saturday.
Copeland finished with a top height of 5-feet even, then managed a sixth-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 16-2 1/2.
Also managing a high finish for the Bears was Brittany Neuroth, who placed second in the discus with a throw of 107-10. Deleny Aguirre was fourth in the event with a mark of 101-5.
On the boys side, Brenden Wagler continued his improvement over the course of the season. Wagler set a personal record in the 3,200 meters by seven seconds, placing second in 10 minutes, 18.52 seconds. Brayden Smith was third in the shot put with a mark of 46-6.
The Bears, along with each area track and field team at the 4A and 3A classifications, will compete this weekend at the Class 4A and 3A Western Slope Championships meet at Stoker Stadium in Grand Junction. The meet takes place Friday and Saturday.
Glenwood relays, Roaring Fork’s Howe excel in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION — Glenwood Springs High School’s boys track and field team came away with two top relay finishes on Saturday, highlighting the efforts of Garfield County athletes competing at the Tiger Invitational at Stoker Stadium.
The Demons’ 4×400-meter relay team of Garrett Goodstein, Evrett Marr, Zane Lundin and Kaden Weller won the event convincingly in 3 minutes, 26.02 seconds, and claimed victory in the 4×200 with Cole Adams, Goodstein, Marr and Weller in 1:30.39. Weller also was the winner in the 300 hurdles, crossing the finish line in 39.29 to finish nearly a second ahead of second-place finisher Jacob Hahn of Fruita Monument (40.26).
Also managing a strong finish was Glenwood senior Garrett Lowe, whose mark of 50 feet, 5 inches was a personal best and was good enough for second place. Cedaredge’s Austin Williams finished first with a put of 59-1 1/2.
Roaring Fork’s Taila Howe made some noise with he first-place mark of 17-5 1/2 in the long jump. Not only did the mark beat a field made up mostly of competitors from Class 4A and 5A schools (Howe competes for the Class 3A Rams), but it was the second-longest jump made this season by a Class 3A athlete. The longest mark in the classification this year was set on Friday by Paige Ryan of Coal Ridge, who went 17-8 1/4 in the Cedaredge Invitational.
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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.