Doll keeps improving for Meeker
RIFLE — Kathryn Doll is finding out just how big a difference one year can make.
The Meeker High School junior broke onto the prep track and field scene in a big way, making an impact at the Class 2A state meet as a freshman.
She placed second in the triple jump and long jump and sixth in the 100 meters two years ago, but her finishes in those events at last year’s state meet weren’t as good.
They were similar, for sure. But that’s not good enough for Doll, who showed she’s on her way to regaining the kind of marks she had as a freshman at the Rifle Invitational on a wet and drizzly Saturday at Bears Stadium.
“All of my PRs (personal records) came when I was a freshman,” Doll said. “Right now, my focus is to get back to my PRs so I can do better at state.”
She’s making her way back to that. Doll finished second in the 100 in 13.27, just a hair away from the winning time of 13.26 posted by Battle Mountain’s Isabelle Courtois.
She was one-half inch away from the winning leap of 33 feet, 11½ inches by Lauren Polson of Hotchkiss in the triple jump, but her time of 27.56 in the 200 beat Grand Valley’s Jordan Steinke by .11 seconds.
Doll said her best effort in the triple jump is 36-7. She’s gone 12.9 in the 100 and 27.27 in the 200, though she admits she likes the other events much better.
She scratched in the long jump Saturday, but said she’s still six inches off her best distance of 16-9.
Still, she won the 200, the triple jump and long jump at the Demon Invitational a week ago, posting a winning leap of 34-8 in the triple jump at the Glenwood Springs meet.
And she’s done it in meets that include 3A and 4A competition, which she said will prepare her for the 2A meet next month.
“It makes you try harder,” she said. “And it’s good because you know competing against 2A schools will be easier.”
One classification higher, Roaring Fork’s Taylor Browning made it harder to keep up with him. The senior pushed past Rifle’s Andrew Proebstle to set a Class 3A state record in the 200 meters, winning the event in 21.96 seconds. The previous best was set last year by Devon White of Machebeuf, who posted a time of 21.97.
“I kept telling the coaches earlier this week that I was going to run a 21.9,” said Browning, still breathing hard five minutes after his race. “I can’t believe I actually did it.”
Taylor Webb felt the same way after beating his teammate, Jose Salazar, in the 300 hurdles. Webb’s winning time of 40.89 not only capped a day where he also won the 110 hurdles, ran the lead leg of the winning 800 relay team and finished second in the high jump, but it marked the first time he’d beaten his teammate in the event.
“We finished 1-2, and the best part is that’s a lot of points,” Webb said. “It’s not just about us. It’s about the team.”
Rifle’s boys ran away with the team title with 152.5 points, with Meeker (62) and Coal Ridge (61) second and third. Battle Mountain won the girls team title with 117.25 points, followed by Rifle (96) and Hotchkiss (95).
The Bulldogs got a pair of wins from Jennifer Celis in the 400 and 800, and a convincing win from Natalie Anderson in the 3,200.
It was only the third time the freshman has run the event this season, yet her winning time of 11:10.79 is Class 3A’s fastest time this year, according to state rankings on Varvee.com.
“I saw her pass me around the fifth lap,” Anderson said of Grand Valley’s Brandi Kreig, who finished second. “It’s at the point when I knew I had to pick up the pace, and I didn’t let up.”