Track teams warming up for postseason
A cool, long night was not a bother for area prep track teams that participated in the annual Clint Wells Invitational meet in Craig.In fact, the athletes seemed to enjoy the change to Friday afternoon/evening from the usual Saturday morning schedule.The Glenwood Springs girls had the best team showing, taking second place among 19 teams. Along with the Demons’ fine performance, there were plenty of strong individual efforts from all five area high schools to crow about.Katrina Selsor of the Demons won the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meters by wide margins. In the 1,600, the Glenwood freshman coasted to a 5 minute, 32.65 second finish, besting event runner-up and teammate Melissa Buchanan by nearly ten seconds.In the longer race, Selsor’s 12:00.18 time defeated second-place finisher Katie Bryan of Grand Valley, who set a personal best of 12:28.97, by more than 28 seconds.Earlier, Buchanan won the girls 800 by 11 seconds over Soroco’s Sarajane Rossi and helped the Demons’ 4×200 relay team to a 1:50.64 winning mark over host Moffat County.Jessica Martinez and Rachel Rung recorded first-place wins for Rifle in the 100-meter hurdles (17.09) and high jump (four feet, 10 inches), respectively.Laura Wright had the best day for the Roaring Fork girls. She ran a 13.78 time in the 100-meter dash for second in that event. She also took fourth in the 200 and earned seventh place in the triple jump.Glenwood senior Chris Benson also earned a pair of individual first-place medals. In the long jump, Benson’s best of 20 feet, 934 inches defeated Mike Smith from Eagle Valley. Competing against long-time friend and former teammate John Gabriel, Benson won the triple jump with a mark of 43 feet, 734 inches.Switching to track, Benson, Justin Montover, Tyler Setterberg and Alex McPherson won the 4×100 relay in 44.96, and Benson also found enough down time to take second in the boys 200.Rifle’s Colby McFarland and Eric Simms finished one-two in the 300 hurdles on respective times of 41.62 and 41.86.Collin Stewart of Roaring Fork had the best mark – a 10:21.20 in the 3,200 – among area boys in the distance races. The time earned the Ram runner second place, well back of event winner Jonny Stevens of Battle Mountain, who recorded a time of 10:14.12.Glenwood, Rifle and Roaring Fork are scheduled to compete in the two-day-long Tiger Invitational at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium Friday and Saturday. Grand Valley will travel to Kremmling for Saturday’s Class 2A Western Slope meet. Coal Ridge and some Roaring Fork athletes are slated for action in the Aspen Invitational, also on Saturday.
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