DENVER — Take out your top-five runners or so, and let’s see how the team does.
That was Battle Mountain’s strategy for Wednesday’s Dakota Ridge Invitational, and the answer was pretty well.
Fear not, the Huskies’ big guns were not resting — they had their own exciting, by which we mean painful, workouts Wednesday, as well. But the so-called understudies are very good, as it turns out.
The girls finished ninth in a packed field, while the boys were 13th.
“We wanted to get another competition in,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “A lot of our athletes were using the race as a workout. Also, both the boys and the girls need to sort themselves out (with the regional meet coming up) and, in some cases, building confidence.”
Parish likes to use these races to put younger runners in the lead role of their teams. Such was the case with Alexis Aguirre being the Huskies’ top boys runner and Hannah Gaylord leading the ladies.
There’s also the question of the roster for regionals. Teams can take up to 10 runners to regionals at Delta on Oct. 18, so people like Jake Borel and Christina Shearon are making their cases to be included on the trip.
While the Huskies considered last weekend’s meet at Columbine their final dress rehearsal for regionals, they are at the Windjammer Invitational on Saturday at Englewood.
Battle Mountain spikers sweep Summit
FARMER’S KORNER — Meet the road warriors.
It’s usually nicer to play at home in front of friendly fans, but Battle Mountain volleyball is making itself comfortable on the road. The Huskies silenced Summit County’s fans and the host Tigers, 25-20, 25-17, 25-23, Wednesday night.
“We’ve actually begun to embrace the opposition’s crowd,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “The crowd gives us energy and helps us feel like we’re doing something special. We’ve enjoyed the crowds at Steamboat (Tuesday) and Summit and we’re looking forward to big crowds from other league opponents.”
LaRose Currie and Mackenzie Ellison each had 13 kills, while Jordan Brandt got the coach’s postgame props for her serving and defense.
Battle Mountain (9-1 overall and 7-0 in the 4A Slope) is at Vail Christian on Friday night.
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