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CSCS Cox sisters take first and second in 100 hurdles at Glenn Peterson Invitational
Girls' standouts at the Glen Peterson Invitational:
- Lewis-Palmer freshman Nicole Montgomery continues to establish herself as a rising star by winning the 200. Her time of 25.69 was just .59 second behind the best 4A mark entering the day.
- Natasha Jones of Castle View was named the girls field athlete of the meet after winning the high jump and taking second in the long jump.
- Lewis-Palmer's Rylee Newman was named the track athlete of the meet in a vote by coaches. Newman ran the anchor of the Rangers' 800 relay and a dominant third leg of the 1,600, both of which took first place.
- Castle View won the girls team competition. Air Academy took second.
The Colorado Springs Christian School sister act of Tori and Aubrey Cox took the top two spots in the 100-meter hurdles at the Glenn Peterson Invitational, which was held Saturday at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Tori, a senior, and Aubrey, a sophomore, had never finished 1-2 in a race.
“This was the first time,” Aubrey said, “and it's been our goal ever since the beginning of this year. I'm really excited.”
Tori came into the competition with the fifth-best time in the state. Her time of 16.17 seconds Saturday was .35 seconds better than that previous mark. Aubrey also had her best showing of the season at 16.78.
The top mark in Class 3A so far this season is 15.08, by The Classical Academy's Alexa Chacon.
But while both marks should be good enough to qualify them for state, younger sister Aubrey has a much more personal goal in mind.
“Oh my gosh, I want to beat (Tori) more than anything before the end of the year,” she said. “I'm getting closer and closer.”
CSCS coach Mike Caton isn't surprised. He sees both sisters' competitiveness every day.
“They have a really good, healthy competition,” he said. “There's no doubt that they want to beat each other every race.”
She had a second chance Saturday in the 300 hurdles, but Tori again took first while Aubrey took third, just behind Liberty's Paige Ziegler.
Aubrey admittedly being in her sister's shadow for the moment continues what has become a tradition of sorts at CSCS. Tori spent three years there herself behind Becca Bultje, who won the 100 hurdles at state in 2009-10, and Tiffany Kenney, who won in 2011. Caton believes Tori could make it four in a row for the Lions.
“Now it's her time,” Caton said. “She's definitely one of the stronger hurdlers in the state. She's just now hitting her stride.”
Tori said that her time in the shadow helped shape her as a competitor.
“It's been hugely beneficial because it's really pushed me,” she said. “To see them do so well so consistently, I've been striving to catch up with them.
“I don't think I would be as determined as I am this year if I hadn't trained with them.”