Rifle displays its depth at Woodburn Invitational
Most track teams would display concern about missing two of their top performers for an important meet. That didn’t faze Rifle during Saturday’s Frank Woodburn Invitational meet.Because of the ACT, John Alderson and Jordan Robinson missed the Palisade High School hosted meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.Ryan Chapman and Andrew Stone, along with others, filled the void nicely.Rifle finished second in the 19-team boys meet, scoring 90.5 points to champion Fruita Monument’s 105 points. Chapman won the triple jump by hitting a seasonal-best mark of 43 feet, 6 and 12 inches, and took fourth place in the long jump. Stone added to his personal list of meet victories this season with first-place efforts in the shot put and discus.Stone, one of the 4A boys state leaders in the shot, uncorked a 48-12 toss, well-ahead of event the 47-2 throw by event runner-up David Miskol.The Bears senior had equal success in the discus. His 146-4 mark in the event bested Mike Coringrato of Palisade’s throw of 140-5 by less than six feet. Justin Harris scored some valuable team points when he earned third place in the high jump, as did teammates Tyler Gose and Hazen Moss in the hurdles and 800 meter run. Each finished fourth.Glenwood Springs also turned in some outstanding times while finishing ninth as a team.Chris Benson had the Demons’ lone individual event win with a 6-2 best in the high jump and finished third in the triple jump.The Demons also turned in fourth-place times of 46.29 seconds in the 400 meters relay and a 1-minute, 46.63 effort in the 800 relay. Rifle and Glenwood both finished lower in the team standings in the girls meet.The Bears earned ninth place among 17 teams with 32 points. Glenwood scored 21 points, good for 12th place.Elisabeth Strouse of the Bears and Glenwood’s Courtney Sutherland had the best days individually.Both finished fourth in their respective events. Strouse, running in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, timed in at 5:44.92 and 12:28.80, respectively. Sutherland, one of the Demons’ hurdlers, posted a 17.50 mark in the 100 meter highs.Rifle had the highest finish among area girls in the relays when its medley relay team clocked in third at 2:05.15.Both teams, along with most of the Western Slope’s track squads, will compete Saturday in the annual Demon Invitational meet at Glenwood’s Stubler Memorial Field.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.