Rifle boys come up big at Eagle Valley meet
GYPSUM, Colorado ” More than 650 athletes and 21 girls and boys track teams flooded Eagle Valley High School on Saturday to compete in one of the biggest track meets on the Western Slope.
Rifle, Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork and a few members of the Glenwood Springs track teams were in attendance and scored high marks.
The Rifle boys won seven events on their way to the boys title with 120.5 points, besting Battle Mountain, which had 113.5.
Senior Hazen Moss was the sprint king, winning the 100-meter dash (11.46 seconds), the 200 (23.35) and the 400 (50.91). Clayton Spillane earned the hurdle crown by winning the 110 hurdles in 16.21 and the 300 in 43.16.
Tyler Rust took the high jump title with a jump of 6 feet, 1 inch and also placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 37-31⁄4. Abram Dennis and Kyle Zumbranen represented the Bears well in the pole vault, with Dennis placing second by hitting 10 feet and Zumbranen hitting 9-6.
Tyler Chapman rounded out the individual Bear boys’ top-three finishes by taking third in 800 run with a 2:05.94 mark.
In the relays, the Bears’ 4×400 squad of Chapman, Adolfo Ruiz, Joe Burgess and Moss combined for a first-place finish with a time of 3:32.90. Marcus Arroyo, Jason Arroyo, Burgess and Spillane combined forces to place third in the 4×100 relay with a 45.75 mark.
The Rifle girls team placed third at Eagle with the help of strong relays. The 4×100 squad of Makayla Wilkins, Abby Rath, Natalie Whitmore and Katie Armstrong took second with a time of 53.86. The 800 sprint medley team was also a runner-up as Armstrong, Wilkins, Whitmore and Cammi Castillo combined for a time of 1:58.59.
Individually, Natalie Whitmore was the Bears’ top finisher as she placed third in the 200-meter dash (27.61).
The Glenwood Springs girls relays just keep on rocking. The Demons won the 4X200 relay (with a time of 1:48.56 by Allison Brown, Jolie Dubois, Laura Young and Kristy Moore) the 4X800 relay (with a time of 10:28.82 by Sharaya Selsor, Meg Waibel, Melissa Buchanan and Katrina Selsor) and the 800 sprint relay (with a time of 1:55.16 by Waibel, Lyndsey Wesson, Dubois and Young).
Individually, Taylor Goodstein placed second in 100 hurdles (17.40) to help the Demons take fifth place in the team standings.
The Glenwood boys finished 11th overall with Travis Whitman’s third-place finish in the 400 dash (54.12) highlighting the Demons’ day.
With the Titans girls being led by Cheyln McCain, the Coal Ridge girls track team placed 12th at Eagle. McCain took first in the 100 hurdles (17.32) and second in the 300 hurdles (51.33) as the top individual for the Titans. She also ran with Rachel Becker, Amber Lyons and Kathleen Maldonado in the third-place 4×200 relay, which crossed the line in 1:56.01.
The Titan boys also placed 12th at the meet, with Colby Fauser’s fifth-place 200-meter dash finish (25.15) and the fifth-place 4×400 relay team of Fauser, Kody Roper, John Tinker and Blake Rivers (3:50.38) highlighting the Coal Ridge boys’ efforts.
Tyler Thompson earned the only Roaring Fork first-place finish on the day by winning the long jump by bounding 20-31⁄2. He also placed second in the triple jump (40-41⁄4), while Nate Soucie took third in the long jump (19-41⁄2).
Their efforts helped the Rams wind up with seventh place in the team standings.
The Roaring Fork girls placed 18th with Rebecca Roeber’s sixth-place 100-meter dash time of 14.17 leading the way.
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