PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood boys placed 6th at Mickey Dunn Invitational; Coal Ridge boys place 3rd at Cedaredge Invite |

PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood boys placed 6th at Mickey Dunn Invitational; Coal Ridge boys place 3rd at Cedaredge Invite

Josh Carney
Post Independent

In a loaded field at the two-day Mickey Dunn Invitational Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction High School, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys track and field team turned in a sixth place finish out of 18 teams, scoring 57 points, while the Glenwood girls placed 16th with 8 points.

The Demon boys finished behind Grand Junction (100.5), Grand Junction Central (67), Thunder Ridge (67), Durango (66), and Fruita Monument (64), while tying with Dakota Ridge in sixth. In the girls standings, Thunder Ridge dominated the tournament, winning with 151.5 points, while Fruita Monument (93), Palisade (85), Delta (76), and Bayfield (50) rounded out the top 5.

At the Mickey Dunn Invitational, Emma Barsness started things off for the Demon girls with a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles, clockinh a time of 18.67 seconds, while the Glenwood boys’ 4x200m relay team of Brian Delgado, Kuba Bartnik, Wyatt Ewer, and Gavin Olson claimed second in the event with a time of 1:34.38.

Freshman Ella Johnson placed seventh in the 1600m run with a time of 5:44.53, senior Wyatt Ewer placed second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 40.93 seconds. Senior Sequoia Kellogg later placed seventh in the 800m run for the Demons with a time of 2:37.29 as the standout sprinter worked on distance at the invitational.

Senior Gavin Olson added a second second-place finish at the invitational for the Demons, placing second in the 200m dash with at time of 23.48 seconds, while Bartnik placed sixth in the event with a time of 23.93 seconds. Olson then won the 400m for the Demons with a time of 52.05 seconds, while Bartnik placed third with a time of 53.04 seconds.

In field events, Ewer placed second in the triple jump for the Demons with a distance of 41-05.25, while junior teammate A.J. Adams placed third in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches for the Demons.

Glenwood returns to action Tuesday, April 2 at Grand Valley’s Cardinal Invitational.


Competing at the Cedaredge Invitational Saturday morning, the Coal Ridge Titans had a strong day under head coach Ben Kirk, as the boys placed second in the 16-team invitational, while the Titan girls placed fourth.

Coal Ridge’s boys scored 100 points, losing out to Cedaredge by one point, while the Titan girls scored 60.5 points as Montrose (121), Cedaredge (112), and Hotchkiss (69) finished ahead of them

Outside of Coal Ridge’s strong day, the Grand Valley Cardinals saw the girls tie for fifth with 59 points, while the boys placed sixth with 51.33 points. Roaring Fork saw its girls placed 10 with 23.5 points, while the boys 15th with 8 points.

Starting out the day with the girls, Coal Ridge got off to a fast start as freshman standout Peyton Garrison won the 100m dash with a time of 13.13 seconds, edging out Grand Valley’s Jordyn Pittman in second with a time of 13.63 seconds, and Roaring Fork’s Lily Nieslanik in third with a time of 14.04 seconds as local schools swept the top 3 spots.

Garrison, Pittman, and Nieslanik then went 3-4-5 in the 200m dash, as Garrison clocked a time of 26.38 seconds, while Pittman and Nieslanik clocked times of 27.3 and 28.05 seconds.

It was much of the same in the 400m run as Pittman placed third with a time of 1:01.63, while Coal Ridge senior Kara Morgan placed fourth with a time of 1:05.44. In the 1600m, Grand Valley freshman standout Katherine Stark nabbed a second-place finish with a time of 6:15.15, scoring crucial points for the Cardinals under veteran head coach Mark Jansen.

The 300m hurdles saw Grand Valley teammates Alex Mendoza and Ryley Sackett place second and fourth in the event with times of 50.33 and 50.91 seconds, respectively.

In relay events, the Coal Ridge Titans girls 4x100m relay team of Phoebe Young, Morgan, Raeanna Nelson, and Garrison won the event with a time of 51.63 seconds, topping Grand Valley’s team of Mendoza, Sackett, Skyleigh Shannon, and Pittman with a time of 53.40 seconds. The Titans’ 800 sprint medley team of Libby Tharp, Denise Zuniga, Alyssa Wenzel, and Natalie Smyte later placed third in the event with a time of 2:06.52.

In field events, Sackett placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-11.75, while Coal Ridge teammates Taylor Wiescamp and Taylor Roberts placed third and fourth in the shot put with distances of 35-05.50, and 32-10.75.

Switching over to boys events, Coal Ridge sophomore Moises Contreras started fast for the Titans, winning the 100m dash with a time of 11.83 seconds, while Roaring Fork’s Lazaro Cruz and Grand Valley’s Caleb Frink placed third and fifth with times of 12.36 and 12.54 seconds. Contreras stayed hot by placing second in the 400m with a time of 52.88 seconds, while teammate Gustavo Archila placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:13.10.

In the 100m hurdles, Coal Ridge’s Hayden Reeder turned in a fourth-place finish for the Titans with a time of 19.35 seconds, edging out Grand Valley’s Hector Arzate in fifth with a time of 20.10 seconds.

The Titans’ 4x100m relay team of Adrian Garcia, Contreras, Danny Salas, and Reeder placed third in the event with a time of 46.23 seconds, finishing just ahead of Grand Valley’s team of Frink, Arzate, Gabe Magana, and Hector Delacruz with a time of 47.95 seconds.

Coal Ridge also placed third in the 4x200m relay as Dominic Centeno, Jack Price, Jared Richel, and Reeder clocked a time of 1:40.04, while the 4x400m relay team of Jordan Grant, Richel, Contreras, and Colby Hoffman placed third as well with a time of 3:51.60. Closing out relay events, the Titans’ 800 sprint medley team of Centeno, Salas, Price, and Archila placed — you guessed it — third in the event with a time of 1:45.44.

In field events, Coal Ridge sophomore Irvin Ortega placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-06.00, while Grand Valley’s Delacruz placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 18-06.75.

Grand Valley’s Justin Andrews won the shot put for the Cardinals for the second straight day, recording a distance of 44-06.50, while Coal Ridge’s Charlies and Damien Spell placed fourth and fifth with distances of 40-0.00 and 38-06.50, respectively. Andrews then placed second in the discus with a distance of 118-11, edging out Coal Ridge’s trio of Liam Byram and the Spell brothers as Byram had a throw of 114-09, while Damein Spell went 110-11 and Charles Spell went 110-08.

The teams return to action Tuesday, April 2 at Grand Valley’s Cardinal Invitational.

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