GRAND JUNCTION — Eagle Valley track and field spent spring break putting itself in good positions for the state meet.
And that would most definitely include the Devils boys’ 3,200-meter relay team at the Phil Wertman Invitational in Grand Junction on Friday. Already the No. 1 team in 4A, Nathan Maddox, Luis Chavez, Dominic Patterson and Gino Giovagnoli lowered their time to 8 minutes, 8 seconds. This time is getting into some pretty prime territory.
Even with a relatively smaller team on Friday because of spring break, Eagle Valley’s girls won the meet and the boys were second.
The boys 3,200 team set a school record, and so did Patterson in the 800, clocking a 1:58.53. Giovagnoli came around in 2:00.08, which puts him in the state 18 for now.
The 1,600 relay of Cristian Aguilar, Patterson, Chavez and Giovagnoli started Friday ranked in the 30s in the state. The group is now sixth after a 3:28.
Riley Rowles won two events — the long jump (21 feet, 10.5 inches) and the triple (42-2.75).
On the ladies’ side, Roxy Trotter broke 2:20 in the 800 with a 2:19.09. That was a winning time. Michelle Carbajal flew 35-9.75 in the triple jump for a victory. That also moves her up to fourth in the state standings.
Freshman Charise Crabb is making a state run in the 100 hurdles. She clocked a 16.49, while Kenzie Sisson won the high jump at five feet.
Eagle Valley is at Montrose on Friday.
Huskies soar at Loveland
Battle Mountain spent Friday at the R2-J Invitational. R2-J is a school district, not a bad R2-D2 knockoff.
Sofia Calabrese was the headliner, winning the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches against some heavy-duty competition.
Val Constien is still fast. She was second in the mile — 5-hundredths of a second off the winning time — with a 5:12 in the mile.
Sofia and Isabelle Calabrese went fourth and fifth in the 300 hurdles, and Isabelle was fourth in the pole vault. Katie Matarese picked up a seventh in the 400.
The Huskies girls had three relay teams score, including the mile, which finished second.
On the boys’ side, Demetrius Parrish place in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, while Josh Braun was seventh in the 800. The guys mile relay was fifth, while the two-mile was seventh.
Battle Mountain heads back to the Front Range for the Liberty Bell next weekend.
Pence breaking records for the Saints
Ethan Pence is running through the Vail Christian record book.
Last weekend, he took down the 3,200 mark. Friday at Loveland, he got the school’s 1,600 mark. And Saturday at Dakota Ridge, we rewrote the 800.
Can the 100 be next?
OK, probably not.
In other Saints news, Taylor Alexander and Celia Smith had a bit of an off day in pole vault, both tying for fourth. Smith did finish fifth in the high jump. Cole Caynoski set a school record in the 200 with a 23.38.
Vail Christian will be at Montrose next week, while the vaulters will be at the Liberty Bell.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.