ENGLEWOOD - It's tuneup time for Battle Mountain country. There are only 10 days now until regionals in Delta Oct. 17.
The Huskies are still finishing well in meets. Saturday, the girls were fifth and the boys sixth at Englewood Windjammer, but it's all about Delta at this point with Thursday's meet at Rifle as the last regular-season race.
"We'd like to see everyone run strong at Rifle, and we'll sort out our sixth-through-ninth runners to see who we'll bring to Delta," Huskies coach Rob Parish said.
Joe Barrett topped the boys with a time of 16 minutes, 54 seconds in 17th. The Homecoming king, David Suarez, clocked a 17:15 for 30th. Ethan Pence (17:24, 45th), Josh Braun (17:49, 72nd), Cameron Moore, (17:52, 76th), Ethan Cotton (17:59, 83rd) and Jake Burrell (18:51, 125th) rounded out the contingent.
The Battle Mountain ladies had three of their top runners down with the flu, but a mix of veterans and newcomers helped the Huskies to strong day.
Mandy Ortiz was brushing up near the school record she holds with Erika Ghent with a third-place finish at 18:44. Christina Shearon busted 20 minutes for the first time in career at 19:59.
Jenai Denardo was 47th in 21:04. Emily Cope made her varsity debut in 50th with a time of 21:13. Adriana Farnen (21:19), Sonya Barnett (22:05) and Marlene Favela (22:09) ran well.
Devils fast at Aspen
ASPEN - Keeping in the theme of "getting ready for Delta," Eagle Valley got a its first look at regional rival Durango Saturday at the Chris Severy Invite in Aspen.
The Durango boys edged their Eagle Valley counterparts, who were third, but that was not major concern of the day. That all gets sorted out at Delta.
Gregg Salaz appears more than ready. He finished third in 18:48. (A reminder: Aspen's course is pretty tough and times will generally be slower.) Hunter Burnham was 11th in 19:42 with Nathan Maddox in 19:53 (14th) and Rafael Gurule in 20:56 (31st).
The Severy is a score-four meet, but it's still worth noting that Dominic Patterson was 36th in 20:56.
Devils coach Melinda Brandt had her ladies go out fast, and it showed with Eagle Valley's top-three runners all within 32 seconds - Chantal Willoughby (23:39, 13th), Nikki Cunning (23:51, 16th) Samantha Maddox (24:11, 22nd). Megan Muehlethaler was the fourth scorer in 25:13 (42nd).
Brianna Young ran a 27:39 and finished 61st and won the Hoss Award for the ladies. James Robinson won it for the guys.
Devils drop Rifle
GYPSUM - Eagle Valley soccer got back into the win column by pounding Rifle, 5-1, Saturday at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum.
David Ortiz and Aaron Ruiz each scored twice, while Alan Caraveo also found the back of the net.
"We had a tough game in Summit (earlier in the week)," Devils coach Bratzo Horruitiner said. "We were fighting the refs and used that as an excuse to stop competing. We talked about overcoming situations during training, and concentrating on our roles. We stopped looking for an excuse today."
Eagle Valley (4-7) hosts Glenwood Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Skiers edge VMS
ASPEN - Aspen nipped Vail Mountain School soccer, 3-2, in the latest chapter of that rivalry.
Garret Cerny and Ben Hymes scored for VMS (3-6-1 overall and 2-2 in the 3A Slope).
VMS hosts Roaring Fork Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Delta tops Devils
GYPSUM - Eagle Valley volleyball lost a hard-fought match Saturday to Delta, 25-23, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14.
"I think we're doing some things better," Devils coach Shawn Weatherred said. "We're still not earning enough points. We're depending on other teams to make mistakes."
Eagle Valley (2-9) hosts Summit County Thursday at 6 p.m.
VMS beats West Grand
EAST VAIL - Vail Mountain volleyball finished a marathon stretch of three games in three days with a 25-27, 26-24, 25-13, 25-21 over West Grand Saturday in East Vail.
That's six in a row for the Gore Rangers.
"We played well in combination with making fatigue mistakes, which we anticipated," VMS coach Mike Garvey said. "The girls did a nice job of handling that."
VMS hosts Vail Christian Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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