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Upwardly mobile youngsters reach for honors

Jim Noelker photo.Youngsters gather at the Community Center wall for the climbing competition.

These youngsters are upwardly mobile.


The Youth Climbing Wall Competition at the Glenwood Springs Community Center attracted dozens of young climbers on Friday afternoon.

And they were all reaching up high.

The competition was sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department. And it utilized the climbing wall in the new community center.

Divisions were held for middle school girls and boys and high school girls and boys.

The competition featured three phases and an all-around category.

The events included an all-out race against the clock, testing speed and accuracy. The second event was a bouldering contest.

The third event was a “high mark” challenge.

Morgan Boyles won the overall title in the middle school boys division.

Morgan Hill won comparable honors for middle school girls.

Jamii Bentzler won the overall honors for high school girls.

And Jim Sellers was the overall winner for high school males.

Special honors for most effort (males) went to Nathan Miller and Blake Newby.

And the honors for most effort (females) went to Morgan Hill and Hannah Saliman.

Categorically speaking, Zac Podmore won the speed event and the high mark event for middle school boys. Boyles won the bouldering section.

For middle school girls, Hill won all three events en route to the overall title.

For high school girls, Bentzler swept all three competitions and won overall honors.

Brett Luedke won the speed contest for high school boys while Denny Necessary won the high mark section.

Sellers won the bouldering event.

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