Huskies put on a show at league
May 11, 2012
GRAND JUNCTION – Bust out Queen because the Huskies are the champions … again.
In a reprise Sugar Ray Leonard subduing Roberto Duran into “no mas,’ the Battle Mountain girls track and field team did a number on the Western Slope, repeating as league champions Friday in Grand Junction.
Battle Mountain scored 207 points with Delta (141) and Glenwood Springs (131) in its rear-view mirror. Eagle Valley’s ladies were fourth. As such, Huskies head coach Jeff Krumlauf was reduced to making up a new word to describe his team.
“Oh, man, it’s yugen,” he said. “You can’t explain it.”
Don’t ask us. We simple write down what the parties involved say.
On the boys’ side, Glewnood Springs reigned at 163 points with the Devils third (117), besting the Huskies in fifth (68).
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Despite the new English, Friday was emotional day for Krumlauf, who will be leaving the school to pursue his career in coaching, particularly football, at 5A Doherty down in Colorado Springs, this fall. While the state meet awaits next week, this was the final time the Huskies, in their entirety competed, and they were on their game.
“I can’t thank the kids and the parents, and most of all, Battle Mountain itself, for the opportunity,” Krumlauf said. “It’s amazing.”
The Huskies ladies won two more league crowns in events Friday – the 800-meter relay and the 1600 relay – to add to their haul of three in the previous two days. That’s impressive. Even more so was the depth throughout at Western Slope meet. That provided the margin.
On Friday alone, the Huskies girls had two or more scorers in eight different events. Whereas last year’s title was a squeaker over Glenwood, this was a blowout.
“It’s a little easier to come on the scene and do well,” Huskies assistant coach Rob Parish said. “It’s a whole other challenge to repeat. Ignorance is bliss. When you know you’re fast and everyone else knows it, you have to make a conscious effort to improve. The girls took that on.”
While the usual suspects did their thing for Battle Mountain, the team’s various coaches had different opinions of who were the surprises Friday. Parish had Lilly McMurrain finishing second in the 300 hurdles, while Krumlauf was the proud father of the boys’ 400 and 800 relay teams – both took home gold Friday.
The latter is understandable, given that those two teams are completely composed of the fall’s football team’s back field – Zach Guida, Chris Libertini, Paton Lovett, Ze Barbosa and Reeve Sanders.
“We talked about it last night,” Krumlauf said. “I remember seeing those kids in third grade, and I said, ‘I’m not leaving here until they graduate. It’s a little ironic that as they walk across the graduation stage, I’m walking with them.”
The great debate in track is whether the most challenging race is the 800 or the 400.
The good news is that Eagle Valley has league champs in both, so who cares?
Roxy Trotter won the 800 Friday, while Carly Volkmer took the 400. They may argue between themselves at their leisure.
The Devils” medley also brought home the title as did Riley Rowles in the boys’ 300 hurdles. And, by the way, Volkmer and Rowles are both freshmen.
“Both of them are amazing track athletes who do what they love to do,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “Both are so strong. To be that talented as freshmen is treat as a coach.”
The medley team of Casey Lammert, Kassi Gall, Carly Volkmer and Trotter finished the season on a high note, winning in 1 minute, 54.21 seconds. It’s also the school’s first relay crown since the middle of the last decade.
Despite being league champions, Volkmer missed the state 18 by 2-hundredths of a second Friday, and Trotter is holding down the 18th spot as of press time.
“They both have worked so hard for this,” Shroll said. “They don’t miss a beat in practice. They’re willing to go the extra mile. I really hope Roxy’s time holds up.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.