Rifle earns two team titles at Craig Invitational
It just gets better for Rifle high school’s boys and girls track teams.
For the second time in as many meets the Bears took home both team titles and prequalified six athletes for next week’s state meet, to be held at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood on May 16 and 17.
“It was a great day for us,” Rifle head coach Justin Price said of the team’s efforts at Saturday’s regular-season-concluding track meet – the Clint Wells Invitational – at Moffat County High School in Craig.
“We are coming together and performing well just at the right time.”
So it appears.
Rifle’s boys scored 140 team points, way beyond second place Eagle Valley’s 99.
Moffat County’s 95 points gave the host Bulldogs third place. Glenwood Springs finished fourth with 74.
The final team scores in the girls meet were closer.
Rifle still outdistanced Moffat County 144-131 for the team championship while Glenwood took third place with 100 points.
Bear senior Terena Lueallen won two individual events and helped Rifle to two more victories in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 meter relays.
Lueallen’s winning times of 12.50 and 26.21 seconds in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively, also qualified for the state meet in both events. Jennifer Kitchens’ 12.71 second place time was fast enough to qualify her to state as well.
Both Rifle sprinters teamed with Brooke St. Pierre and Danielle Reedy to win the 4 X 100 relay. The foursome beat second place Moffat County by two seconds as they clocked in at 51.92.
Racheal Ross joined St. Pierre, Leuallen and Kitchens for Rifle’s second relay win – a 1 minute, 50.85 second finish – again over Moffat County with Grand Valley of Parachute in third.
Reedy bested Glenwood’s Megan McGrath and Jessica Flores of Steamboat Springs for the 100 meter high hurdle gold medal. Reedy timed a seasonal best 15.55.
The mark insures her a spot in that event at state.
McGrath was involved in one of two first-place marks the Demon girls had at the Craig meet.
Running with Megan MeKinnie, Jennifer Kishimoto and Nikita Daniely, McGrath helped Glenwood post a 800 medley relay time of 1:56.91. The Demon 4 x 400 relay team had equal success.
McKinnie, Abbey Walters, Lacey Darien and Kessie Schwanebeck beat Rifle to the tape by more than three seconds in 4:22.78 to the Bears’ 4:26.15.
Running in her last regular season meet, Roaring Fork’s Caroline Cretti coasted to easy wins in the 1600 (5:15.34) and 3200 (11:13.02) meters, and finished third in the 800.
David Suminski and Ryan Enright surpassed 4A state meet prequalifying standards in the 200 meter run and 110 high hurdles.
Suminski won the 100 and 200 meter dashes over teammate Ryan Schoeppner then ran the opening leg of the Bears’ victorious 4 X 400 relay team.
Chas and Marco Salmen readied themselves for this weekend’s Western regional in Grand Junction by finishing one-two in the 1600 meters in respective times of 4:32.06 and 4:35.33.
Then the brothers turned the 3200 over to teammate Chris Coddington, who responded to the gesture by winning the race in a personal best of 10:24.12. Coddington’s time was 24 seconds faster than Bryce Ellgen of Moffat County who finished second, ahead of Alex Tieman of Roaring Fork.
This weekend’s regional meet at Stocker Stadium gives local track athletes a last-chance at earning a state meet berth.
Action gets under way on Friday with preliminary heats in all events. Finals in all evening will be held on Saturday.
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