Prep track: Demons excel in Lakewood
LAKEWOOD — Kaden Weller was pretty motivated heading into Saturday’s 300-meter hurdles event at the Dakota Ridge Invitational.
Weller, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, set a new lifetime personal record on his way to winning the event at Jefferson County Stadium. He crossed the finish line in 38.39 seconds, breaking the previous-best time of 38.50 that he ran during the preliminaries of the Class 4A State Championships in May of 2014.
What’s more, longtime Glenwood coach Blake Risner said Weller had heard that Trenton Stringari of Canon City, the defending 4A state champion in the event who finished just ahead of Weller in the state final last season, had recently posted a time that was one-onehundreths of a second faster than the previous 4A-best time of 38.91 that Weller had run at the Rifle Invitational on March 13.
“He was on a mission,” Risner said by cell phone as the team headed home over a wet and snowy Interstate 70. “He knew he’d been passed up.”
Weller also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.59.
As a team, Glenwood finished sixth in the 20-team boys meet with 57 points, with meet-winner Palmer Ridge (118) prevailing ahead of 5A Cherry Creek (91.5), 5A Fort Collins (79), 5A Rampart (59) and 5A Bear Creek (58). On the girls side, Glenwood finished eighth with 51.5 points, with 5A schools Fort Collins (151) and Rampart (116) taking the top two spots.
Also winning for the boys was Glenwood senior Evrett Marr, who prevailed in the triple jump with a mark of 42 feet, 8 3/4 inches. He was also the anchor leg of a 4×400 relay team that included Weller, Larry Flores and Garrett Goodstein that finished second in 3:30.19. Flores stepped in for Zane Lundin, who strained a quadricep while running the 4×200 relay with Marr, Goodstein and Weller to a third-place finish in 1:31.95. Individually, Goodstein managed a third-place finish in the 400 in 51.37, finishing behind Cherry Creek’s Daniel Book (49.89) and St. Mary’s Robert Delfeld 51.32.
Other notable finishes for the Glenwood boys included their ninth-place finish in the 4×800 relay in 8:54.03, along with a fifth-place finish from Tim Batchelder in the long jump (20-1 1/2) and a seventh-place finish for Lundin in the same event (19-6 1/2).
Glenwood’s girls were led by senior Carly Setterberg, who managed a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.30) and a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles (47.43). Her time in the 100 hurdles was a lifetime personal best. She also anchored a 4×200 relay team that included Makena Warren, Jaime Crowley and Lexi Montoya that finished second in 1:48.80, which was nearly a second better than the team’s previous season-best time.
Montoya, by the way, managed a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 46.96. She served as the anchor leg a Glenwood 4×400 relay team that finished second in 4:16.28. Those team members included Warren, Crowley and Grace McSwain.
Glenwood’s 4×100 relay team finished seventh in 53.35. Other girls finishers included an eighth-place finish from Blake Fergen in the discus (96-3), a seventh-place finish in the triple jump from Warren (31-10 3/4) with a ninth-place finish from Montoya (31-6 3/4), and a sixth-place finish from Warren in the 400 meters (1:01.25).
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