Basalt tracksters victorious at Demon Invite
The Aspen Times
The Basalt Longhorns are off to a fast start.
The Longhorns showcased their speed Saturday at the annual Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.
In the huge meet at the Glenwood Springs track complex, Hunter Ash of Basalt won first place in the girls 100-meter hurdles and shattered the Basalt school record in the process.
Ash won in 16.24 seconds, topping runner-up Carly Setterberg of Glenwood Springs (16.56).
Ash had won her preliminary race by more than a second and a half (16:38).
The time for Basalt’s Hunter Ash currently ranks second in Class 3A this year.
The BHS senior also finished tied for third in the girls high jump. She cleared 4-10.
Winner Celia Smith of Vail Christian cleared 5-1. Alexis Leonard of Palisade was second, also at 5-1.
Ash finished tied with Carsyn Copeland of Rifle, McKenzee Sisson of Eagle Valley, Kali Constine of Soroco and Kylyn Rigsby of Grand Valley.
Ash also collect points for the Longhorns when she finished seventh in the 300 hurdles in 53.02.
The event was won by Delaney Gaddis of Glenwood Springs (49.25) with teammate Jaime Crowley second (49.71).
The Basalt High School track and field team, coached by Ben Blaeser, collected another first-place medal from the Glenwood Springs meet Saturday.
Junior Zach Walsh won the 3,200-meter run in 10:35.59. Brenden Wagler of Rifle was second in 10:37.59. Rifle’s John Coombs was third.
Walsh currently ranks No. 3 in Class 3A. The BHS junior also owns the Basalt school record of 10:00.53.
Ivano Del PIccolo, a Basalt senior, finished second in the boys 110-meter high hurdles in Glenwood Springs. He was timed in 15.72.
Riley Rowles-Birdsong of Eagle Valley won in 15.28.
Del Piccolo also ranks among the state’s best in the Class 3A 110 hurdles. He’s currently No. 7.
Del Piccolo also tied for fifth place in the high jump. He cleared 5-6 at the Demon Invitational.
Chance Jackson of Palisade won with a jump of 6-0.
Del Piccolo finished in a tie with Joseph Shrope of Plateau Valley, Will Thrasher of Eagle Valley and Benjamin Coleman of Grand Valley.
Basalt also picked up points from senior Kade Cheatham, who finished third in the triple jump (37-6). He also finished sixth in the discus (115-3).
Leo Gallegos of Palisade won the discus at 148-6.
Benjamin Coleman of Grand Valley won the triple jump at 40-11.25.
Basalt sophomore Caleb Rewinkel also made the podium last weekend when he finished sixth in the long jump (18-10.75).
Zach Steinke of Grand Valley won the event with a jump of 19-7.
In team scoring, host Glenwood Springs won the boys and girls titles Saturday.
The Glenwood girls dominated with 144 points. Eagle Valley was second with 96.33. Palisade was third (95). The Basalt girls finished sixth (36.33).
The Glenwood boys won with 115 points. Palisade was second with 92.
The Basalt boys finished sixth (42.50).
Fourteen teams participated in the 2014 Demon Invitational.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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