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Huskies continue rewriting records

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EDWARDS – Well, ready or not, here we go.

Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Christian track and field got their final tune-up at the Huskies’ home meet Saturday in Edwards, and the three local teams seem ready for the Western Slope meet next weekend, as well as the final push for qualifying for state.

As far as the actual meet, the Battle Mountain girls, the defending 4A Slope champs, won going away, as did the Rifle boys, who are reigning 3A state winners.

But the excitement of Battle Mountain’s annual shindig was the hosts smashed four more school records Saturday, as well as another one Friday night down at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

Under the category of “Good Golly Miss Molly,” the Huskies’ Molly Childers is the new record holder in girls’ pole vault. She went a whopping 10 feet, 9 inches to beat teammate Bailey Garton’s ancient mark, set last week, of 10-3. Garton hit 10 feet Saturday as did Vail Christian’s Kylie Alexander.

While we give the official disclaimer that nothing is official until next Saturday at 9 p.m., Childers and Garton are looking pretty much like locks for state at the 4A meet. Childers’ leap puts her second in the state – the top 18 go in 4A – while Garton is fifth.

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Alexander would be sixth in the state in 4A, which is pretty darn good, given that she and the Saints are competing as a 1A school. Alexander, who is the defending 1A champ, is a mortal lock to qualify for state in her classification.

Battle Mountain’s Zach Guida likely upgraded himself to mortal lock for state. The senior hit 15 feet Saturday, a new school record, breaking his own previous mark He was even trying for 15-4, a height which would have qualified him for nationals, much less state.

Guida has the No. 2 leap in the state in 4A, and seems very safely inside the 18.

The Battle Mountain girls medley is now on the record board in the gym. Isabelle Courtois, Katia Lopez, Katie Matarese and Val Constien won in 1 minute, 51.48 seconds. That lands that quartet as No. 7 in the state. That’s a comfortable spot, but, at the same time, one has to figure everyone else is tapering and shooting for their best times in the next week as well.

Insert Brooke White for Constien and you have the 800 relay for Battle Mountain. That quartet clocked a 1:47.53. That was a winner Saturday as well as a school record. This crew is definitely on the bubble at No. 14 in the state.

Courtois set record No. 5 Friday night at the Tiger Invite. She broke 48 seconds in the 300 hurdles and has a top 10 position in the state rankings.

A look around the state 18 – and nine, in the case of 1A Vail Christian – as the season heads into the last week of the regular season.

• Battle Mountain’s Constien looks pretty safe in the 800 at No. 3.

• Eagle Valley’s Roxy Trotter is 17th in the 800 and 27th in the 400.

• The Huskies’ Mandy Ortiz is 14th in the mile and ninth in the two-mile.

• In high jump, The Devils’ Megan Osteen, as well as Battle Mountain’s Sophia Calabrese, Logan Carlson and White, are all sitting on a logjam at 5 feet. There are nine jumpers in all at 5 feet, listed from Nos. 13-21 in the state.

• The Devils’ Michelle Carbajal still holds down the top spot in the triple jump. We can pretty much call state for her.

• Battle Mountain’s ladies mile relay is lucky No. 13, while the 3,200 team bounced into the ninth spot last week.

• For the gents, Battle Mountain’s Paton Lovett is 24th in the 400, 0.27 seconds out of the 18.

• Jeremy Sabo’s looking very pretty solid at 6-3 in the high jump. That puts him in the top seven. Teammate Will Dutmer is looking for a little more at 5-11.

• Battle Mountain’s Jose Marin-Garcia needs another 7 feet in the discus.

• Eagle Valley’s Aaron Kline is 1 inch away in the pole vault. He went 13 feet Saturday, and the cut is at 13-1.

• Battle Mountain’s Football Relay, aka the 800, might have made a big move Saturday. The Huskies were ranked No. 19 – ouch – before, but they ran a 1:30.96, which would put them No. 12. That’s still on the bubble, but no one in the state wants to be 19th.

• In 1A, Ashlyn Gruber was already the No. 1 runner in the state in the 400, but she lowered her time to beat to 58.95. Gruber’s second in the 800 as well and has a 12-second cushion between her and the ninth spot.

• Vail Christian’s Celia Smith is also on the bubble in the high jump, one of five holding down the last spot at 4-8.

• The Saints’ Mack Cooper was in solid shape already in pole vault, but he shot into the top spot with a 12-6 Saturday. Gunnar Wilson is fifth and Nigel Johnsen sixth.

• Cooper went 20-6 in long jump Saturday, which would put him third in the state, but Vail Christian coach Tim Pierson didn’t know if that leap would count, given wind conditions Saturday. Cooper was already eighth in the event as it was.

And all of this could change with breakout performances this week at the Slope meet in Grand Junction. Pole vaulting is Wednesday, followed by the standard slate Thursday and Friday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or