State meet off to running start |

State meet off to running start

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” When Donnie Jennert scratched on his first attempt in the long jump in Friday’s Class 4A State Track and Field meet, he couldn’t help but feel discouraged.

“I wasn’t nervous coming in, then I scratched my first one and was like, ‘Oh here we go,'” he said.

Then Jennert found some motivation from new tattoos on his wrists permanently reminding him to ‘Stay True,’ and the Glenwood Springs junior bounced back to jump 21 feet, 9 1⁄2 inches, and finished with a third-place medal. The comeback exemplified exactly what he got the tattoos for.

“It just means to stay true to whatever I do,” he said. “Keep at it, don’t quit whatever you do. Just stay true to whatever you do.”

Instead of quitting, even after his second jump of 20-2 was over two feet shorter than his season best, Jennert rallied back with his 21-9.5 leap in his third and final attempt.

“It was better than last year, so I am pretty excited about it,” he said. “I just wish I could have done a little bit better ” a few more inches.”

Today, Jennert will look for a medal in the high jump ” an event where he shares the top seed with Jordan Reeves of Alamosa. Both have hit 6-foot-8 this year.

“I am going to go to the hotel and get some sleep,” Jennert said after completing the long jump. “Hopefully, I can pull it out there. I am looking forward to it, it’s my favorite.”

Fellow Glenwood Springs junior Katrina Selsor also medaled on Friday, placing sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:15.46. Selsor held the seventh position in the race until the third lap, when she sped ahead of the pack and ahead of Liberty’s Kaylen Slack.

“It was a tight pack. I just tried to go with it,” Selsor said. “I wanted to PR. My fastest this year is 5:11 and I got 5:15, so I wanted to beat that. It didn’t work out, but there is always next year.”

The 1,600 state medal was the seventh of Selsor’s prep career. She will compete in the 800 today and is scheduled to race in the 3,200, but is still deciding if she wants to do it or focus all her energy on the 800 ” an event added to her resume just this year.

“I am still debating if I want to do the 3,200. I have picked up my speed a lot this year. The two mile is just here if I want to do it,” she said. “I am ranked eighth in the 3,200 but it is iffy if I want to drop out or not because I could medal.”

Glenwood sophomore Theresa Gabriel rounded out the three medalists for the Demons on Friday as the sophomore took seventh in the triple jump. Gabriel finished 10th in the event last year and set a new personal record with a 34-11.5 leap on Friday.

“The adrenaline and weather helped,” she said. “Everything was good.”

Selsor and Gabriel’s total combined seven points helped the girls to tie for 15th in the team standings, while Jennert’s seven put the Demon boys in a tie for 14th.

Laura Young and Dakota Stonehouse gave Glenwood a lot to be excited about with top prelim runs in the 300 hurdles on Friday. Young, a junior, finished with the fastest time in the 20-hurdler field at 45.18, which gives her the No. 1 seed for today’s final.

Stonehouse qualified for the finals in the 110 and 300 hurdle finals, which will also take place today. The junior was second of 18 hurdlers in the 300 ” his strongest event ” with a 40.07 mark. He also grabbed the ninth and final qualifying spot in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.29.

The Glenwood girls 800 sprint medley team raced to a second-place finish in its prelim and will be the No. 2 seed today in the finals with its 1:49.92 mark. The 4×200 girls relay also RSVPed for today’s finals with an eighth-place finish with a time of 1:48.29. The 4×400 relay also advanced out of prelims by recording a time of 4:02.83 for a fifth-place finish.

Fellow Demons Connor Riley, who will compete in triple jump today, and Meg Waibel qualified for the finals in the boys and girls 400 runs, respectively.

Freshman sprinter Jolie Dubois didn’t make it out of the prelims on Friday, but placed 12th in the 100 and 11th in the 200 in her first state appearance.

In other prelims, the Glenwood girls 4×100 relay squad took 13th and the 4×800 relay foursome placed 15th. In the boys 4×400 relay, the Demon boys placed 11th.

Kurt Hartmann also ran in the 100 and 300 hurdles for the Demon boys, finishing 14th and 19th despite an injured hip flexor. Kristy Moore placed 11th in the 300 hurdles in her first trip to state and Taylor Goodstein finished 20th in the 100 hurdles

Molly Sundeen cleared 4-8 to tie for 18th in the girls high jump.

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