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Rifle’s domination continues

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Winning team titles has become a habit for Rifle High’s boys track team. The Bears earned their third title in as many meets when they racked up 115 team points in the Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School in Craig Saturday.Rifle was the only boys team to attain triple figures. Host Moffat County was a distant second, with 92.5 points. Glenwood Springs finished seventh with 35 points.Before Saturday, the Rifle boys won the Wildcat Invitational in Grand Junction and their own meet.Seven Bears posted first-place marks in Saturday’s meet. Thrower Andrew Stone led the effort with a pair of individual victories.The highlight of Stone’s day was clearing the 50-foot barrier in the shot put for the first time this season. His 50-foot, 34-inch throw bettered runner-up Cory Pine of Moffat County’s 45-foot 812 mark by more than four feet. Stone won the discus with a throw of 145-5, well ahead of runner-up Tyson Sweetser of Hayden’s 139-11 mark.Rifle hurdlers Kyle Allee and Tyler Cose breezed to wins in the 110-meter highs and 300-meter intermediates, respectively. Allee completed the shorter of the two events in 15.50 seconds. Cose, who also captured third place in the high hurdles, was the Bears’ leader in a one-two sweep of the intermediates with a mark of 41.75.Eric Simms took second in 42.14, while fellow Bear Colby McFarlin earned fifth place by running in at 43.28.In the sprints, Rifle’s Jordan Robinson won the 100-meters in 11.43 with the Demons’ Joe Schiavone a few steps back at 11.60. The time was good enough for third. Chris Benson of the Demons took the 200 meters in 23.04. He was the lone area runner among the top six times in the event.TRACK: see page 15TRACK: from page 14Roaring Fork’s best times in the boys meet came in the 3,200 meter run where Rams Alex Tiernan (10:27.38), Casey Weaver (10:28.09) and Collin Steward (10:53.56), finished third through fifth.Two relay teams, one each from Glenwood and Rifle had the area’s only first-place mark in the girls meet. The Demons foursome of Abbey Walters, Amanda Welch, Andrea Vincent and Lyndsey Wesson outran Class 2A Soroco for the gold medal in the 4×400 meters relay, winning with a 4:29.66, compared against Soroco’s 4:31.36 mark.Vincent also finished second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 52.24.Earlier, the Bears dusted Soroco in the 4×100 meter relay in a meet-best 53.44 to the Oak Creek-based Rams’ 54.21.Individually, Rifle’s Lyndsey Bowen captured two second-place medals in the 100 (13.43) and 200 (27.18) meters. Hurdler Jessica Martinez finished second in the 100 hurdles in 17.27, heading off a late challenge by Roaring Fork’s Mollie Honan, who finished third.Katie Bryan and Emmy Adkins had Grand Valley’s best marks of the day. Bryan finished sixth in the girls 1,600 meter run. Adkins took sixth place in the 100.Glenwood and Rifle are scheduled to participate in the two-day Tiger Invitational starting Friday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Roaring Fork and Basalt travel to Aspen High School for the Western Slope 3A League meet Saturday. Grand Valley competes at the 2A WSL meet Saturday at West Grand High School in Kremmling.


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