BROOMFIELD — This just in … there is more to track and field than 800 meters, the 1,600 and 3,200.
We just bring this up because Battle Mountain’s track and field is traditionally strong in running the long distances. The school is located at serious altitude, even for Colorado, and its coach is a maniac about running over hill and dale.
At Saturday’s Broomfield Shootout, the Huskies first foray of the season into the Front Range, Battle Mountain showed that there is some field in the school’s track and field team.
Isabelle Calabrese won the pole vault at 10 feet at the meet with 32 teams. Sophia Calabrese topped the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5.25 inches.
Jessica Cuomo fired the discus 101 feet for sixth place. (Battle Mountain hasn’t had a lady break the 100 mark in a long time.) Tesha Olson was fifth in the triple jump and seventh in the long jump. Ali Teague is also poised to make her mark in throwing, and, of course, Val Constien is a returning state placer in the triple jump.
“On the girls’ side we have such a balanced team. It’s fun,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “We’ve got all-around athletes. Traditionally, we’re pretty strong in the running events, and we’re getting strong showings in field events.”
It is still very early, but the aforementioned results bode well as the season progresses and assorted Huskies athletes find their spots.
Lest one think Battle Mountain has undergone a complete transformation, the Huskies can still run. Constien, Isabelle and Sophia Calabrese and Katie Matarese clocked a time of 4 minutes, 6 seconds in the mile relay. That was good for second and far ahead of where the team was last year. The 400 and 3,200 relays placed sixth.
Constien took fourth in the 800 and is already below 2:20. Matarese (200) and Sydney Gaylord (3,200) were in the points as well.
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For the boys, Sandy Simonton, Amadou Dath, Aboul Soulamayne and Irving Rodriguez teamed up for seventh in the 800 relay and Josh Braun placed in the mile.
Next up for the Huskies is the Eagle Valley Invite in Gypsum on Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.