Basalt boys track sixth at Glenwood
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Basalt’s boys track team was sixth among 18 schools – and the third-best among 3A squads – at Saturday’s Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.Aspen, behind a strong individual performance from senior Whit Fuller, tied Meeker for eighth.The Glenwood Springs boys ran away with the team win with 103 points, followed by Cedaredge (90) and Hotchkiss (53.4). Basalt finished with 40 points, and Aspen had 22.The Longhorns girls finished ninth among 17 schools with 26 points, and Aspen was 11th with 15. The Demons girls also rolled to a team win on their home track, finishing with 112 points; Cedaredge (87) and Hotchkiss (78.5) finished a distant second and third.Basalt’s Cody Russell was unbeatable in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, edging 4A Eagle Valley’s Mike Smith in both finals. Russell finished the 100 in 11.34 seconds and ran a 23.40 in the 200 – one hundredth of a second ahead of Smith.Fuller streaked to silver in the 800 and a bronze in the 1,600. The Skiers senior was just a little more than three seconds off the pace of Steamboat Springs’ Matt Hill in the 400, finishing in 2:07.84. In the 1,600, Fuller ran a 4:52. 84 – less than a second behind second-place finisher Cody Watkins of Hotchkiss.Ryan Waldron was the only other Aspen runner to win a medal, running a 10:58.56 in the 3,200 to earn the silver.Russell also picked up a silver in the long jump, soaring 19 feet, 6 inches. Longhorns teammate Andy Mayer was fourth with a jump of 19 feet, 4 1/4 inches.In the girls 100-meter dash, Basalt’s Taylor Allmon took the silver in 13.55. Allmon couldn’t catch Eagle Valley’s Ashley Rohweder, who was three-for-three in the 100, 200 and 400.Aspen’s Lindsey Wilkenson was fifth in the 800, in 2:36.99, and Basalt’s Amy Lund was fifth in the 1,600, in 5:48.85.Basalt’s Del Piccolo sisters – freshman Chiara and junior Nuala – finished second and fifth, respectively, in the 3,200. Chiara ran a 13:50.42, and Nuala clocked a 14:27.54.Aspen also got a bronze medal from its 800 relay team.Basalt’s boys and girls next run Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum. The Skiers – off for a week for experiential education – will return to the track April 27 at the Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School in Craig.
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