Track and field Demons flourish in Phoenix
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PHOENIX ” While snow dumped on their hometown, eight Glenwood Springs High School track and field athletes basked in the desert sun at Saturday’s Greenway Invitational in Phoenix.
And those eight made the most of their spring break journey.
Going up against full squads from throughout the state of Arizona, the four Demon girls on hand combined to place sixth out of 17 scoring teams in the final standings.
Sophomore Jolie Dubois returned to Colorado with four medals in tow, nabbing second in the girls 100-meter dash (12.96 seconds), third in the 200 (26.67) and teaming up with Madi Goodstein, Taylor Goodstein and Kristy Moore to claim second in the 4×100 relay (51.61) and third in the 4×400 (4:16.55).
Moore took second in the 300 hurdles (47.34) and Madi Goodstein snagged second in the 400 (1:02.88).
“Kristy came really close to winning the 300 hurdles,” Glenwood coach Blake Risner noted. “She finished second to a defending state champion.”
For the Glenwood boys, senior Kellen Fockler ran a lifetime best in the 1,600, clocking in 4:41.27 to place fourth overall. He added a ninth-place finish in the 3,200 (10:42.19).
“Kellen had a big day,” Risner said. “(The 1,600) was quite a thrill for him. And he had a season-best in the 3,200, which was about two hours after the 1,600.”
Travis Whitman took seventh in the 400 (53.42) and eighth in the long jump (19-8 1/2) to round out the boys’ top finishes.
Mike and Greg Mills also made the trip for Glenwood.
With a number of events holding both preliminaries and finals, it was a busy day for the Demons.
“They got a lot of work in, in one day’s time,” Risner said. “They were able to break down some barriers of what they thought they could and could not do.”
Out-of-state trips for meets are nothing new to Risner and the Demons. The coach tries to schedule road trips every few years, just to expose his athletes to different competition and, in this case, different weather.
“This meet pretty much gave us all of that,” said Risner, who took his 2007 team to Las Vegas and his 2001 Demons to Phoenix. “It’s probably equivalent to (Grand Junction’s) Mickey Dunn Invitational. The weather was certainly nice.”
Risner hopes to see the winter-like weather back home in Glenwood turn to warmth by the upcoming weekend.
The Demons are slated to host their annual home invitational on Saturday. With all the necessary timing equipment and wind gauges lined up for use, this year’s meet will be a state qualifier.
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