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The timing appears to be right for area prep track athletes to do well at this week’s regional meet. Competiting at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium, the same venue where regionals will take place, area schools fashioned a bundle of strong performances at the Tiger Invitational.”The Tiger proved to be exactly what we had hoped for,” said Glenwood Springs head track coach Blake Risner. “It was a good tuneup for regionals.”While Risner’s remarks centered on the Demons, the coach’s comments could have covered the performance from the entire valley.Area athletes set nine season-bests at the Tiger. Those marks put them in sixth place or higher in various events. Additonally, the Rifle boys won their fourth straight meet team championship. The Bears scored 8612 points to host Grand Junction’s 81.Rifle’s Andrew Stone won the boys shot put by unleashing a seasonal-best throw of 52 feet, 914 inches. On Friday, Stone tossed a third-place mark of 154-3, bettering his previous throw this season by more than two feet.The Bears senior had the only first-place mark among area athletes in the 21-school meet.Glenwood’s 4×800-meter girls relay time sliced 18 seconds off their previous best in a fourth-place finish behind Moffat County, Fruita Monument and Eagle Valley. Abbey Walters, Amanda Alberico, Sabrina Rice and Sharaya Selsor came in at 10 minutes, 34.97 seconds.Rifle’s Kyle Allee managed to shave off a few hundredths of a second while finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.60 and a 15.44 time in the 110-meter highs. Teammate Jordan Robinson took his season-best time down to 11.54 in the 100-meter dash while finishing in second place. Amy Lund, from Class 3A Basalt, established herself against a girls 3,200- meter field, top-heavy with Class 4A and 5A runners. In a sixth-place finish Friday, Lund ran an event area-best time of 12:12.11. The mark eclipsed her previous best by 22.42 seconds.Rifle’s girls 4×100-meter relay team posted a season-best time of 52.33 while finishing third.Regional action for all five area high schools begins Friday and wraps up Saturday at Stocker Stadium.


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