Prep track: Weller wins a tight race in Montrose
MONTROSE — The big matchup of the day didn’t disappoint.
Glenwood Springs High School’s Kaden Weller outleaned Andy Bowles to take first place in the 300-meter hurdles on Friday, highlighting the performances of Garfield County athletes at the Montrose Invitational track and field meet.
“That was probably the most anticipated matchup of the day,” Glenwood coach Blake Risner said. “It was great to see Kaden pushed like that.”
Granted, Weller didn’t post a personal-best time, but his time of 39.47 seconds was just good enough to beat the second-place time of 39.58 by Bowles. Coal Ridge’s Trevor Kelly managed a third-place finish in 40.91.
Weller was also fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.73, an event that Bowles easily won in 14.85. Bowles also managed a first-place finish in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 8 inches, helping the Titans easily win the boys team title.
Bowles wasn’t the only Coal Ridge athlete to post multiple wins. Kelly took first in the long jump with a mark of 20-9 1/2, and first in the triple jump with a leap of 42-3 1/2. Chris Contreras placed first in the 100 meters (11.23 seconds) and the 200 (23.02).
Glenwood, meanwhile, got a second-place finish in the 100 from Cole Adams, whose time of 11.33 matched the personal-best time he posted at the Demon Invitational on April 12 and tied for second place with Eagle Valley’s Riley Rowles-Birdsong. Adams also joined Garrett Lowe, Zane Lundin and Weller in winning the 4×100 relay in 44.02. Risner said Demons’ biggest performance, however, came from Glenwood’s 4×400 relay team made of only freshmen athletes, and its time of 3:42.03 was only good for ninth place, but it beat the previous freshman school record in the event by close to 3 seconds.
On the girls side, Delaney Gaddis placed first in the triple jump with a leap of 34-9 1/4, and she finished third in the 300 hurdles (48.49). Courtney Lippman took third in the 3,200 in 12:50.34, and the Demons’ 800 medley relay team of Brittany Driscoll, Carly Setterberg, Makena Warren and Lexi Montoya were third in 1:54.59.
Highlights for the Coal Ridge girls included its victory in the 4×200 relay in 1:47.47, along with the Titans’ second-place finish in the 4×400 (4:08.20).
Rifle’s Colten Bumgardner won the discus with a personal-best throw of 133-6, and Brayden Smith’s mark of 48-8 /2 was good enough for second place behind Austin Williams of Cedaredge (58-0). Brenden Wagler finished second in the boys 3,200, managing a 7-second personal record with a time of 10:37.59. On the girls side, Rifle’s Brittany Neuroth won the discus again, this time with a mark of 120-8 to go with her sixth-place finish in the shot put.
Also winning was Roaring Fork’s Taila Howe in the long jump (16-6 1/2).
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