Setterberg helps set the pace for Demons |

Setterberg helps set the pace for Demons

Mike Vidakovich
Glenwood Springs High School's Carly Setterberg clears a hurdle during the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries during Saturday's Demon Invitational track and field meet. Setterberg won the race in 16.10 seconds.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On a sunny April day that featured a touch of wind at times, there was running, jumping, hurdling, and throwing, and the Glenwood athletes of coach Blake Risner fared very well at the annual Demon Invitational track meet held at Stubler Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Glenwood boys garnered a second-place finish, and the Demon girls came in a solid third in the meet which saw Denver’s Ralston Valley High School sweep both team titles.

Risner was very pleased with his team and their performance. He was also proud of the fact that the Demon Invitational has a tradition of being a quality event with a competitive field.

“It’s great to see the team come together at the end after doing so well on the day,” said Risner, who is in his 19th season at the helm of the Glenwood track program. “Running a first-class meet is always what we strive for each year.”

One of the many shining stars on the day for Risner was senior sprinter Carly Setterberg, who won the 100 meter hurdles, and placed second in the 300 hurdles. Setterberg’s winning time of 16.27 in the 100 hurdles was a personal record and would have given her the 16th fastest time in the 4A classification this year, and qualified her for state. But following the performance, she found out this would not be the case.

“The wind was a little too strong during the race, so my time won’t qualify for state,” stated Setterberg.

In her senior season, Setterberg has battled some nagging injuries early on, but she now feels confident that some good days, and performances, are on the horizon.

“I feel completely healthy now and I have gradually been getting faster, which is nice. It feels really good that this PR was done on my home track,” Setterberg added.

The boys’ 110 hurdles event saw a duel of two area speedsters as Jose Lopez of Roaring Fork leaned in just ahead of Glenwood’s Kaden Weller to claim a second-place finish. Ralston Valley’s Andrew Wingard won in 14.81.

Personal records were also turned in by two Glenwood distance runners. Junior Megan Uren ran a 5:59.10 to place fifth in the girls’ 1,600, which is the metric mile. In the same race for the boys, Demon Riley Prough also nabbed fifth place with a 4:51.38 PR. Basalt’s Zach Walsh won the event, with Roaring Fork distance man Lyle Luckett holding down the fourth spot.

In high finishes for locals in the field events, Grand Valley’s Benjamin Coleman stayed in the air for 20 feet and 9 inches to win the Demon Invite long jump. Speaking of air, Rifle’s Tyler Bosshardt cleared 6 feet even to take first place in the high jump. Glenwood’s Lexi Montoya took triple-jump honors for the girls by leaping 33 feet, 6 inches. Evrett Marr was not to be outdone by his female counterpart, as the senior Demon also hopped, skipped, and jumped 42 feet, 4 inches to claim gold in the boys’ triple jump.

Both Demon 4×100 relay teams won their respective divisions. The boys (Marr, Tim Batchelder, Garrett Goodstein, and Kaden Weller) clocked a time of 44.18. The girls (Jaime Crowley, Montoya, Makena Warren, and Setterberg) hit the finish line in 50.81, a time that gave them the sixth best in 4A this season.

The day’s final event, the 4×400 relay, saw Glenwood’s Zane Lundin set a blistering opening-lap pace as the Demons held off a hard-charging Ralston Valley foursome to claim victory in 3:37.76.

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