Late night at the Daily: The state track qualifiers |

Late night at the Daily: The state track qualifiers

It’s sort of like waiting for election returns.

Here I am surfing the web as if that will provide any clue for whether our local athletes will make the state track and field meet. I’ve checked and Nothing new.

To kill the time – it’s 9:35 p.m. and results go official at 10 p.m. – I surf the web. The San Francisco Giants won, which is nice, but I don’t think assorted Battle Mountain or Eagle Valley relay teams hoping for state care.

The Lakers lead the Nuggets by two points. That should make Battle Mountain coach Rob Parish happy … for now. I write this in the second quarter.

I’ve played assorted trivia games on I can name all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in 12 minutes. The MAC and the Sunbelt conferences sometimes get me. (Yes, I need a life.)

It’s 10:01 on my computer, so here we go:

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Battle Mountain


Val Constien – 800 and triple jump … No surprise here. She’s No. 4 in the 800. She’s eighth in triple jump.

Isabelle Courtois – 100 … yep, this is a big surprise. Hurdles, no. The 100? She’s tied for 17th with a time of 12.78 seconds. As a side note, Delta’s Skylyn Webb, who has tortured all Western Slope basketball teams misses by 0.02 seconds. Courtois makes the 300 hurdles as the 12th seed. The bummer here is that teammate Sophia Calabrese misses in the 300 in 22nd.

High jump – it’s easier just listing which Huskies are going. Brooke White and Sophia Calabrese get their tickets to Denver being part of a 12-way tie at 5 feet. Logan Carlson is at 5-1 and in easily.

Mandy Ortiz – 1,600 and 3,200 … 5:29 qualified in the mile last year. This year, it’s 5:18.93. Ortiz makes it by four-hundredths of a second. Phew. There is no drama in the two-mile. Ortiz is ranked No. 10.

Pole vault – Molly and Bailey … Bailey and Molly … Molly Childers and Bailey Garton are Nos. 4 and 5. The real question is, “Who’s going to win at state?”

800 relay – Way to lean, ladies … No. 17 and in by 39-hundredths of a second.

1,600 relay – Smoothly in with a 4:05.73 from the league meet. Happy No. 12.

3,200 relay – No worries here. The Huskies’ 9:48.83 puts them eighth.


Zach Guida – Pole vault … No sweat. No. 2 at 15 feet.

400 relay – We welcome the “Football Relay” in at lucky 13.

800 relay – And, guys, feel free to stay a while. No. 16.

Eagle Valley


Justine Bukovich – High jump … Ding! She’s part of that 12-way tie at 5 feet. Go to Denver, Justine.

Michelle Carbajal – Triple jump … We love no drama here. Carbajal’s No. 1 in all our hearts and No. 1 in the rankings. Nail it next week, Michelle.

Megan Osteen – High jump … Ding … again. Five feet is good.

Roxy Trotter – 800 … and exhale. She was 18th coming into the league meet and her 2 minutes, 21. 27 seconds Friday lands her in 16th. Well done.

3,200 relay – No heartbreak this year. The Devils were the 19th team in the state last year. Ouch. This year, room to spare in ninth.


3,200 relay – Exactly like the ladies last year, the Devils were 19th. So, we yell, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” The gents are No. 18 in 2012.

Vail Christian


100 – Ashlyn Gruber is No. 4.

200 – Ashlyn Gruber is No. 1.

400 – Wanna take a guess who’s No. 1?

800 – She’s No. 2. (Do we get Chase back here to run the 16 and 32?)

Pole vault – Kylie Alexander enters state with a 10-1 and is the favorite to repeat as the 1A champ.


Mack Cooper – A shoutout to the junior. He made it in pole vault and high jump, but will not be attending because he’s on a mission trip to Mexico this week. We look forward to seeing Mack next year.

Bubbles burst

The Battle Mountain girls medley relay finishes 19th. Curses! Eleven-hundredths out. (Insert primal scream.) … The Huskies’ Paton Lovett comes up No. 22 in the 400. … Battle Mountain’s boys’ mile relay falls short at No. 20.

Oh, by the way …

This is the state 18 or nine (for the Saints) as of 11 p.m. Saturday. Athletes from all over the state will be scratched in certain events due to assorted reasons from health to athletic availability – you can only compete in four events as an individual.

Vail Christian’s Cooper is prime example. Someone in 1A will take his spot in his two events. It’s more likely in the individual events because if someone goes down on a relay team, a school may select someone else from its squad. But, stranger things have happened. So, stay tuned, all.

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