Tracksters set sights on qualifying for state |

Tracksters set sights on qualifying for state

High school tracksters will take the final steps toward the State Track and Field Championships this weekend.

The Regional Championships for Western Slope schools will be held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Events will begin bright and early each morning, with running events starting at 9:15 a.m. today and at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

As in years past, the 2A, 3A and 4A Regional meets will be staged simultaneously at the Lincoln Park track facility.

Individual athletes will attempt to qualify for their respective 2A, 3A and 4A state meets, scheduled for May 17-18.

In Class 4A, Glenwood Springs and Rifle will battle for state berths. Several individuals at both schools have already prequalified for the State Championships. Others will earn their state stripes today and Saturday.

In Class 3A, Roaring Fork will bid for trips to state. Caroline Cretti, Roaring Fork’s distance runner supreme, will race for more Regional championships today and Saturday.

She is the defending 3A state champion at 1600 meters and 3200 meters.

Last weekend, Cretti won the 1600 and the 3200 at the Moffat County Invitational in Craig.

She also was third in a fast 800 race, in spite of windy weather conditions.

Cretti nearly set a personal best in the 1600, again in spite of the adverse weather last weekend.

She already owns the school record in the 3200 meters, which she set at the Demon Invitational earlier this year.

She now has her sights set on the school record in the 1600, also set by the legendary Dana Boyle.

Roaring Fork’s Alex Tiernan represented Roaring Fork last weekend at Craig, running the 3200 and the 1600. And the Ram freshman broke 11 minutes in the 3200, running a 10:56.

He will bid for a state berth this weekend. Junior Bryant Maggert also will run for the Rams in the 1600 and the 3200.

Roaring Fork’s James Leonard also will bid for state in the triple jump and the long jump.

In addition, the Roaring Fork girls medley relay team of Nicole Wagner, Mary Ann Pulver, Erin Young and Cretti will bid for a berth at state.

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