Rifle’s Bowen all about speed
RIFLE – Win.That’s what Lindsay Bowen thinks when she runs and that’s what she does.Bowen sprinted her way to a trifecta on Friday night, winning the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter events at the Rifle Invitational.”I’m thinking win, run fast,” Bowen said of her thoughts when she is on the track.The junior won her first race by finishing the 100-meter dash in 13.69 seconds, .18 faster than her competition.
She then won the 400, finishing the lap in 1:01.62, a whole second in front of anyone else. While most runners complained of how much they dislike the brutal 400, Bowen says it’s her favorite. “It’s a tough race, but, I don’t know, I like it,” Bowen said. “I never ran the 400 until my freshman year in high school but I’m pretty good at it and I like it.”After the 400, Bowen still had the 200 to compete in, but she knew it would be difficult because her legs were hurting.”My shins and ankles have been killing me, but you have to live through the pain,” Bowen said.And she did – winning the 200 in 27.48.”I feel really good, amazing,” Bowen said after her third win. “Three firsts is awesome.”
The Bears picked up another first-place finish, but it happened in the field and not on the track when Rachel Rung cleared 5 feet, 212 inches in the high jump. “Last week (Rung) pre-qualed for state, this week she tied the school record,” said head coach Scott Winter of Rung’s performance. “She improved one half inch this week, so we are just going to keep pushing her to see where she can go.”Rung and Bowen combined forces, along with Nicole Bendetti and Jessica Martinez, to take second in the 4X100 relay with a time of 52.55. Martinez chalked up another No. 2 finish by racing the 100-meter hurdles in 16.87, missing the No. 1 spot by .02.As for the Rifle boys, only two athletes placed in the top three in the first 12 events. Eric Simms did it twice. He took third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.63 and third in the 300 hurdles in 41.91. Kale Roberts was third in the boys long jump at 18 feet, 7 inches.”Guys-wise – we are a little banged up and it is showing,” Winter said. “Hopefully we can get those injuries taken care in the next two weeks before we start our two-day meets.”
Speed: see next pageThrough 17 girls events, Glenwood was in sixth with 70 points and Rifle was in seventh with 69 points. Through 12 boys events Rifle was in fifth with 45.5 points and Glenwood was in sixth 45. Final individual and team scores will be in Sunday’s paper.All in all, Winter was pleased with the results from the Bears’ home meet.”It was fantastic. Great weather and great competition,” he said. “We are holding consistency and I think that is probably key as we get into the second half of the season. As long as we can keep chipping away, one piece at a time, there is no reason why our top kids can’t be right in there.”Glenwood Springs had a good showing at the Rifle Invite, winning three events. Chris Benson won the 200 in 22.85. Katrina Selsor took the 3,200, and the 3,200 relay team of Melissa Buchanan, Abbey Barnes, Katrina and Sharaya Selsor won with a time of 10:20.09. Buchanan also took top honors in the 800 with a time of 2:22.28.
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