Rifle teams second in track fest
Rifle’s deep girls and boys track teams combined to finish second in their respective divisions of the Regional Track and Field Championships on Saturday.
The Bear boys scored 135 points as a team, eight points short of Regional champion Montezuma-Cortez (143).
The girls race was even tighter with Moffat County scoring 132.5 points to Rifle’s 127.
The Rifle girls held the lead in the team scores up to the next-to-last event before a 1-2-4 finish in the 3200-meter run by Moffat County erased the Bears’ hopes of earning the regional title.
Moffat County vaulted to a 6.5-point lead after the event, and despite Rifle beating Moffat County in the 4×400 relay, the Bulldogs held on for the team championship.
David Suminski had the best weekend among the Bears. He had role in four of the six first-place marks the Rifle boys had at Regionals.
The Bear junior beat Delta’s Ramon Jackson to the wire in the 100 meters, nipping his Panther opponent in 11.47 seconds to Jackson’s 11.51.
In the 200, Suminski ran 23.16, besting teammate Michael Birdsley’s second-place mark by two-tenths of a second.
And Suminski topped off his weekend by helping with victories in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays.
The foursome of Ryan Schoeppner, Kalvin Deere, Birdsley and Suminski held off Delta, clocking in at 1 minute, 33.02 seconds in the 4×200.
Later, Suminski ran with Birdsley, Brent Lawson and Justin Steffan to a 3:30.10 victory in the 4×400.
In the girls meet, Bear junior Terena Leuallen recorded individual event victories in the 100 and 200 in times of 12.67 and 26.35, respectively. She also ran the anchor leg of Rifle’s first-place 4×100 relay.
In that event, Leuallen teamed with Jennifer Kitchens, Rachael Ross and Brooke St. Pierre for a 51.73 to win over Moffat County.
Leuallen also will see action in a fourth event at next week’s State Track Meet in Lakewood. The 4×200 relay team, featuring the same four runners, finished second to Palisade.
Both Rifle teams dominated in the hurdles.
Ryan Enright advanced to state in the 110 highs and 300 intermediates. The senior won the shorter race in 15.15 and took third in the 300s. Justin Steffan took second in the intermediates in 40.89 and third in the 110 hurdles.
Danielle Reedy paced the girls by winning the sprint hurdles in a close race with Glenwood Springs’ Megan McGrath. She then took third behind the Demons’ Jennifer Kishimoto and Megan McKinney in the intermediates.
Rifle’s other state-qualifying marks included a second-place time by Birdsley in the boys 400 (50.91) and third-place times by Schoeppner (100 dash, 11.59), Lawson (400, 51.28), Kitchens (100, 13.02) and the girls medley relay team, who clocked in at 1:58.89.
On Friday, the Bears 4×800 distance relay team cruised to the final available state-qualifying slot in 8:33.06, 11 seconds faster than fourth-place Montezuma-Cortez.
Moffat County recorded the fastest relay time, a 8:17.09 for the win.
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