Sutherland leads GSHS at Pikes Peak Invite
At times, high school track can be a little deceiving.
A quick glance at the results of Saturday’s Pikes Peak Invitational meet, and one would think Glenwood Springs had a rough day.
That idea is false.
Competiting against a field consisting mostly of larger Class 5A schools, both the Demon boys and girls track teams recorded a number of good marks in Colorado Springs.
Overall, the Demon girls ended Saturday’s meet in seventh place with 49 points, ahead of 5A Grand Junction’s 44.5 points. Highlands Ranch won the girls meet with 90.5 points.
Sophomore Amber Sutherland paced Glenwood with a first place mark in the shot put and a third-place effort in the discus.
Sutherland’s toss of 33 feet, 1 inch bested her nearest shot put rival by seven inches. In the discus, Sutherland posted a seasonal best throw of 101 feet, 10 inches.
Alicia Vallario also competed in the shot and discus events, finishing with marks of 28-8 and 79-9 1/2 inches, respectively.
Lacey Darien’s 3200 meter run time of 12 minutes, 30.84 seconds was the second-fastest time of the event. She finished Saturday’s meet with two silver medals.
As a member of the Demons 4 x 800 meter relay team, Darien, with teammates Abbey Walters, Kessie Schwanebeck and Sarah Shepard, clocked in at 10:17.36, two seconds behind event winner Pueblo South.
Megan McKinney finished third in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 46.64 seconds. Teamed with Jennifer Kishimoto, Yuri Salvidrez and Walters, McKinney helped Glenwood to a fourth-place time of 4 minutes, 23.54 seconds in the 4 x 400 meter relay.
Salvidrez, a freshman who moved to Glenwood from Brush, ran a leg on the Demons’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams and participated in the 200 meter preliminaries.
A trio of Demon sprinters who participated in the 100 meter prelims failed to advance to the finals, but turned some good times.
Sadie Teimsen had the best time of the bunch with a 15.50. Joanne Ciezczak came in at 16.38, followed by Lindsay Ball who clocked in at 16.71.
The Glenwood boys continue to post strong times in the longer running events.
Chas and Marco Salmen finished in sixth and seventh place in the 3200 meter run, turning in times of 9:54.80 and 9:57.70, respectively.
The Salmen brothers, along Adam Vincent and Dustin Brager, ran a 8:21.51 time for fourth place in the 4 x 800 meter relay
Additional outstanding performances by Glenwood runners were turned in by sprinter Daine Reardon in the 100 (11.80) and 200 (24.01) meter dashes, Brandon Jackel (44.88) in the 300 meter hurdles and Chris Coddington (10:35.00) in the 3200 meter run.
Glenwood, along with Rifle and Roaring Fork, are all scheduled to participate in this Saturday’s Palisade Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
The meet’s important to area runners for two reasons.
The Palisade Invitational is one of a handful of meets that has been certified by the Colorado High School Activities Association as a state pre-qualifier. That means all times and marks that meet or surpass pre-set CHSAA standards automatically qualify those participants for the state meet in May.
It also gives area preps a chance to get accustomed to Stocker Stadium, also the site of May’s Western Regional meet.
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