Running down dreams
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. After anchoring the 4X100 winning Glenwood girls relay on Saturday at the Class 4A Western Slope Regional Track Meet, Laura Young was one of many celebrating Demons.They had just overcome close to 50 points they didn’t have in field points and come back to beat Eagle Valley for the regional title by four-and-a-half points.Now, they’ll be back on the track, this time testing their speed against not just the western region, but the state of Colorado.
“We are ready,” Young said of the state track meet.The Rifle boys left the regional track meet with the same confidence and excitement. The Bears also came back from a deficit to pull off a win. Rifle’s 4X100 team won its event to edge Battle Mountain in the closing minutes of the meet.A large chunk of the Demons and Bears going to state are running on relay teams.
For Rifle, four girls relays and four boys relays will be in competition. Three Glenwood girls relays will be competing, as well as one Demon boys relay.Individually for Glenwood, Katrina Selsor will be racing with hopes of landing on the podium in the 1,600 and 3,200, but, like last year, will have to run against Ralston Valley’s star distance runner Katie Vannatta. Vannatta set state records in both events last year with a 4:56.08 in the 1,600 and a 10:40.66 in the 3,200.Meg Waibel will be trying to make her regional title in the 400 a state title and Young will battle in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Melissa Buchanan will be looking to improve upon her sixth-place finish as a freshman last year at state in the 800, and triple jumper Theresa Gabriel will also be leaping for the podium.
On the boys side, Glenwood newcomer Donnie Jennert enters the state meet with the highest high jump mark in the state. Jennert’s mark of 6-8 is one inch above Alamosa’s Dustin Bolt.Dakota Stonehouse and Connor Riley will also be looking to score some points for Glenwood in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, respectively.The Rifle boys excel in sprints, with Nick Alderson running the 100 and 200, Tyler Thompson dashing in the 100 and Hazen Moss competing in the 400. In hurdles, Matt Hubbell (110) and Colby McFarlin (300) will test their skills and Kale Roberts will be in action in the triple jump after earning a regional title on Saturday with his 42-9 leap.
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