Battle Mountain Invite today
That’s the plan for the Battle Mountain track and field team when the Huskies host the Battle Mountain Invite today.
“When someone breaks a school record, I buy them a cake,” Huskies track coach Lance Pratt said. “It’s a big deal for the kids. (Pole vaulter) Allison Myers has been giving me a hard time about a cake since the Eagle Valley Invite (when she tied her own school record).”
Then there’s thrower Josh Henry, who set the school’s discus mark in Thursday’s meet with a toss of 154 feet, 10 1/2 inches.
“He’ll get his cake on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Pratt said. “When he broke the record, he came over to me and told me, “Time for cake.’ Maybe he’ll break it again Saturday. I may have to get him two or maybe one big one for the team.”
Whether or not cake will be involved, the Battle Mountain Invite, which usually serves as the school’s unofficial observance of the coming of spring, should be a good time for all. The Huskies are hosting 11 other teams, mostly from the Western Slope.
Eagle Valley looks to be the 800-pound gorilla in the field. Headlined by Chris Gamble and Kim Smith, the Devils are coming off a very impressive performance at the Demon Invite in Glenwood Springs last weekend. Not only did Gamble and Smith shine, but Devils coach Jeff Schroll’s relay teams as well as many youngsters reached the podium.
Vail Christian will also be on hand. The Saints had a strong outing in Thursday’s meet at Battle Mountain.
Basalt, Hayden, Holy Family, Lake County, Middle Park, Soroco, Summit County, West Grand and North Park make up the rest of the field.
“It’s great not only for the community, but also for the kids,” Pratt said. “They don’t have to travel three hours and mom and dad don’t have to drop them off at the school at 5 a.m.”
The Huskies hope to take advantage of some home cooking. Doug Mason and Gamble will renew acquaintances in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Jared Cliver, Myers and company can expect some good competition in the vaulting. Pratt has retooled the boys mile relay squad. He’ll be sending out Chris Roberts, Cliver, Mason and Grant Stevenson. Also look for Roberts in the long jump, while Dustin Stanek will be looking to make some noise in the 100 and 200.
The throwers should continue to be a strength for the Huskies. In addition to Henry, there’s the likes of Seth Kissinger, Clay and Cody Stackpole, Kristin Kelly, Emily Bradshaw and Jenna Gilbert.
In the girls medley, Battle Mountain’s quartet of Natalie Spohrer, Allison Kunis, Myers and Rolena Richardson will be taking on a strong Eagle Valley crew, which ran a 1:55 last weekend.
While the action will be intense at Huskies Stadium, there will be plenty of fun with a barbeque with all the fixings. This comes courtesy of countless volunteers in the Battle Mountain community, without which the meet could not happen.
“Their help is unbelievably huge,” Pratt said. “Without them, we couldn’t do this. The parents donate food and their time and some of them are there all day. It’s unbelievable how they not only support their student-athlete , but all of Battle Mountain High School athletics.”