State Track & Field Notebook
When it comes to state-level competitions and the 2008-09 school year, Glenwood Springs senior Greg Orosz has the market cornered.By competing in the shot put at Thursdays state track and field meet, Orosz completed quite the trifecta.Orosz suited up for the Demon football team in the state title game back in November, made the February state wrestling meet and encored with a showing at state track.He never expected to have all three happen in a single school year.(I expected it with) football and wrestling, but track was kind of iffy this year, Orosz explained. I wasnt quite sure about it.He definitely found state track to be quite different from his previous state appearances.This is definitely a new experience, he said. Ive never been to state for track. Its kind of cool. Its not quite as intense. In football, youve got everybody looking at you. In wrestling, youre all by yourself out there and no one can come close to you. This ones a lot more laid back.
Glenwood Springs large cast of state qualifiers had plenty remaining on the agenda by the time Thursdays Class 4A action wrapped in the early afternoon.Ice baths and a trip to Dave and Busters, a video game-laden restaurant, awaited the Demons as they boarded the bus and left Lakewoods JeffCo Stadium behind for the day.We get to go back and relax a bit and then go to Dave and Busters, Madi Goodstein said after completing the 4×400-meter relay on Thursday.The break served as a nice respite from a busy weekend of competition.Said Demon senior Laura Young: Its good to have the time to relax and get away from our nerves.
Buena Vista thrower Mason Finley, known statewide for his 200-foot tosses, drew a big crowd as he nailed down a state-meet record in the Class 3A discus competition on Thursday.The discus throwing areas edges were completely lined with bodies as folks gathered to catch a glimpse of the 6-foot-8, 300-pounder. Finley gave the masses plenty to gawk at, covering 214 feet, 1 inch with his best throw.That kids an animal, one spectator said as the towering Finley walked past.Finley, bound for UCLA, will no doubt draw similar numbers as he tackles the 3A shot put competition today.
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