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Eagle Valley, state champs

Don Rogers

Eagle Valley High School won its first state track championship ever in the most thrilling way possible. The Devils came from 10 points down in the last event, the 200 meter.No problem. Sophomore streak Sean Matheson coaxed one more gold medal sprint out of his tired legs to make it four first place finishes for him personally, and the Big One for the team. With Matheson’s win, Eagle Valley tied D’Evelyn for the championship with 78 points.Not bad for a rookie, eh? His feat was matched by track vet and team MVP Brad Gamble, a junior who also won four golds.Gamble and Matheson teamed up with senior Russell Allen and sophomore Wes Minett to win the 800 relay. And Brad’s twin brother Alex took gold with Allen, Matheson and Minett in the 400 relay. Other scorers were sophomore Jacob Rivera, fifth in the discus; Allen, seventh in the 100; and Minett, seventh in the 400.

Brad Gamble won his individual golds in long jump, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Matheson won the 100, and then the finale 200.The boys capped a dominant track season with the school’s first state championship in track. Nice way to end Eagle Valley’s run in the 3A division. It’s uphill from here, as the school joins the 4A ranks next school year. Then again, with only Allen graduating out and other tracksters stepping up, count on the Devils being a force next year, too.Congratulations to the champs, led by head coach Jeff Schroll and assistants Randy Rohweder and Amy Fleming.Congratulations also to the state finishers on Eagle Valley’s girls team, as well as Vail Christian’s up and coming team, including state silver medal winners Rachel Glandorf and Leslie Peterson in 2A. Just getting there is a big, big accomplishment.”Eagle Valley, state champs.” That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? D.R.


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