Springers have strong state-meet showing
Eight members of the Glenwood Springers Track and Field Club qualified for the National Junior Olympic Regional Meet thanks to their performances at the Junior Olympics Colorado state championships in Aurora this past weekend.
The meet took place from June 20-21, and a total of 12 Glenwood Springers’ track athletes participated in the meet.
The regional meet will be July 9-12 in El Paso, Texas.
On the girls’ side, Alli Rosenmerkel and Victoria Madden crushed it in the hurdling events, with both athletes achieving personal records. Rosenmerkel led the field to finals for 13-14 girls’ 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.86 seconds. Madden also ran a PR and came in fifth place. For the 200 hurdles, both girls qualified for the regional meet, Rosenmerkel had a second-place finish in 31.07, and Madden netted a fourth-place finish and a time of 33.56.
Amanda Madden placed second in the mini javelin throw for 9-10 girls, and 6-year-old Daxton Deherrara placed fifth in the 400 meters for the under-8 category in 1:30.49.
Daxton Deherrara’s older sister, Burgandy, also competed in the meet in the 100 and 200 along with the long jump. Elizabeth Barsness high jumped a personal best of 4 feet, 3.25 inches and her sister, Emma, ran a personal best in the 800 with a time of 2:55.69.
For the boys, Benny and Reid Swanson had an outstanding showing in the distance and middle-distance events.
Benny Swanson ran a PR for the 800 at 2:55, then turned around and ran against an extremely competitive field in the 1,500. In that event, Benny had a goal time of 6:00 and destroyed it, running a 5:29.36 and just missing the fourth-place qualifying position by hundredths of seconds. Reid ran the 3,000 for the first time and qualified in 11:10.08, dominating his previous PR by 30 seconds.
Reid also qualified in the 1,500 with a third-place finish in 5:13.47.
Taber and Kai Uyehara showed great efforts in the hurdles, with both taking home medals. Taber ran 15.98 in the 80-meter hurdles and placed second. Kai ran a personal-best time of 18.51 in the 110 hurdles and earned a bronze medal, and also finished fourth in the 400 hurdles in 1:03.52.
Isaac Toro jumped a personal best in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 1/4 inch. Bryce Risner (15-16 age division) high jumped 5-5 for fourth place, triple jumped a personal-best distance of 35-11 1/4 for third place, and ran 7:53.60 in the 2,000 meter steeplechase for third place
Jacob Barsness also qualified in the steeplechase with his fourth-place finish.
The Glenwood Springers are looking forward to showcasing their hard work at their home meet at 4:30 p.m. July 9 at Stubler Memorial Field. The meet is open to all athletes of all ages.
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