Fruita Monument girls, boys track teams shine in Demon Invitational

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Katie Werman’s performance Saturday at the Demon Invitational track and field meet matched the Fruita Monument High School girls to a T. The Fruita boys found a way to one-up their female counterparts in the team standings.

Werman finished second in each of her three events to help the Wildcats finish second in the team standings, and the Fruita boys won the team title convincingly in the 31st annual running of the event at Stubler Memorial Field.

“The goal right now is to just keep improving,” Fruita junior Jaden Koos said after his second-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 44 feet, 2 inches.

Koos was talking about his individual performance, but it also holds true for the Wildcats as they enter the season’s stretch run. Fruita finished the 16-team meet with 125 points, followed by Glenwood Springs (70), Rifle (59) and Roaring Fork (48). The Fruita girls (76.5) finished a distant second to Glenwood (179.5), but beat out Battle Mountain (72) and Eagle Valley (54) in the team standings.

Werman managed second in each of her events, but wasn’t a distant second in all of them. One of them was by a very slim margin, as Meeker junior Kathryn Doll’s time of 28.21 in a strong headwind beat the Fruita freshman by .09 seconds.

The other runner-up finishes came against stellar competitors.

Glenwood senior Jolie Dubois, who has signed to run track for the University of Wyoming next year, won the 100 meters in 12.74 to beat Werman’s time of 13.20. In the 100 hurdles, Glenwood junior Madi Goodstein’s winning time of 16.02 was more than one second better than Werman’s (17.06).

Fruita’s boys managed some impressive first-place finishes.

The Wildcats’ 1,600 relay team of Vince Grasso, James Lewis, Alec Smith and Kyle Thornberg won in 1:32.20, beating the previous meet record of 1:32.59 set by Hotchkiss in 1991. A more convincing victory came from Fruita sophomore Kyler Brown, whose winning time of 10:36.25 in the 3,200 beat second- and third-place teammates Alex Rico (11:12.13) and Blaine Wood (11.12.17).

Fruita junior Tyler Church won the discus with a throw of 144 feet, 7 inches, beating his previous best of 137-9 twice on Saturday. Koos finished second behind him with a throw of 140-9.

“I basically cleared my mind and didn’t worry about what I was going to do,” Church said. “All this week in practice I’d been changing up my spin technique. But today I didn’t really think about it. Today I just did what was comfortable, which was making it seem like it was practice and executing that.”

Keila Utu of Fruita took second in both the girls shot and discus. Marie Morton of Rangely won the discus by 7 inches with a throw of 101-11, and Rifle’s Joey Kuheim took the shot put title with a put of 37-9.

Rifle’s Taylor Webb won the 110 hurdles in 15.95, then led off a 400 relay with Ryan Moeller, Brandon Kittle and Andrew Proebstle that won in 44.62.

Chase Langely of Plateau Valley won the high jump with a leap of 6-2, and Doll also took home top honors in the long jump (16-3 1/2) and triple jump (34-8). Grand Valley’s Brandi Kreig, who won the 400 meters in 1:00.76, took the Cardinals’ only first-place finish.


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