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Titan track team making first post-season showing

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Of the nine athletes representing Coal Ridge High School this weekend at the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet in Pueblo, there is one common tie they share that brings a smile to head coach Meggie Kirk’s face.

None of them are seniors.

Instead, the group consists of freshmen, sophomores and juniors and it is racing its way to laying a strong foundation for the up and coming Titan program. With so many underclassmen, Kirk is hoping this weekend’s meet will give the Titans a lot to build on.

“Our kids are so excited. They just can’t stop smiling,” she said. “I just hope to get them that experience of what state is like and what you have to do to get into the finals.”

Three Coal Ridge athletes are competing individually at state, along with five relays teams. For the boys, Blake Rivers will take on the field in the 100-meter dash and Bradey Gasaway will be racing in the 300 hurdles. The boys 4X100, 4X200 and 4X400 relay teams, as well as the girls 4X100 and 4X200 relay squads also qualified for state.

“We looked at the heat sheets and our boys and girls relays look good,” Kirk said. “If they all run their best, they could do well. And Chelyn, Bradey and Blake could do pretty well if they run their best.”

At meets all year long, McCain has finished toward the top of the hurdle standings. The sophomore first pre-qualified for state at the Rifle Invitational on April 18 and took second at last week’s Western Regional in Grand Junction. Rivers took second in the 100 at regionals, while Gasaway placed third in the 300 hurdles.

Kirk said a big goal for her individuals and relays are to make it through prelims on Friday into Saturday’s finals. In a year of firsts at Coal Ridge High School, where teams have won their first games and made their first postseason appearances, the track team will also look for its best finish in the school’s three-year history.

The best finish any Titan has had at the state track meet is seventh by David Anderson last year in the 400 dash. With the current Titans doing everything possible to trim down their times and relay teams doing hand-offs over and over again, the track team hopes to soon become a part of Coal Ridge’s monumental year.

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