A sweet sweep in the mile for the Huskies
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado Athletes may graduate, but relay teams dont.This has been an agonizing reality for all but one 3,200 team at the Class 4A Region 1 track meet these past four years. That team? Battle Mountains boys.On Friday in Grand Junction, the Huskies opened up regionals with a convincing win in the 3,200 relay their fourth in as many years.Its a great way to start out the day, said Battle Mountain track and field coach Rob Parish. Theres a lot of pride in that event for the team. The kids know all the former kids who have done it.The newest Huskies 3,200 combination of Connor Tedstrom, Conor Wallace, John ONeill and Jonny Stevens came in at 8 minutes, 12.50 seconds.They ran a great race. Connor started out with a 2:02 spilt. Then Conor ran a 2:06 and John and Jonny had to come back to run the mile, so they ran 90 percent, Parish said.For those other schools looking ahead to next year, dont get your hopes up too high Tedstrom and Wallace are underclassmen.And the Huskies are sending another 3,200 team to state; the girls took third and broke a 16-year-old school record. The team of Heidi Sorenson, McKenzie Stevens, Kenzie Grant and Jamie Lee Roberts came in at 10:04.98.They were 2 seconds off making the state meet last year, so this has been a big goal for them all year, Parish said. In the boys 1,600, the Huskies were sublime, taking the top three spots, all at 4:29. ONeill, Jonny Stevens and Tony Crisofulli ran together for most of the race along with Eagle Valleys Jamie Fahrmeyer, a cross country teammate. At the end, the three Huskies broke free with ONeill coming in just ahead of the other two.Tony and Jonny tied, Parish said. They blew up the picture five times its normal size and still couldnt tell. They gave it to Tony. But those guys are great. They dont care who wins. They just wanted to make sure Battle Mountain got those points. All three traded leads and shared the work.Grant led the girls in the 1,600 in fifth at 5:26, a personal mark and the third-best school time. Amelia Ortiz was seventh at 5:48.Earlier in the week, Tedstrom assured himself a spot at state in the pole vault, with a second place finish at 12 feet. Spencer Curry vaulted 9-6 for fourth.In the girls vault, Jayna Horn picked up valuable points in second at 7-6, while Olivia Fauland was fourth (7 feet).Lucas Brown took eighth in the discus Friday at 123 feet.
In the sprints qualifying heats, the Huskies set the tone for today with some lightning-quick times. Asher Robbins had the top times in the 100 (11.28) and 200 (23.18) with teammate Aaron Wilcox fourth (11.47) and second (23.26).Jenna Bearisto ran the 100 heat in 13.95 to earn a spot in todays finals, while Sorenson, who had the fourth-best time in the 300 hurdles at 50.37, will look to bring the Huskies some points in the finals. Jen Thul will be in the 400 finals.Jackson Higgins ran a 16.21 in the 110 hurdles to move through, while Parke Robbins and Higgins qualified in the 300 hurdles at 43.36 and 43.68, respectively.Both Ryan Hedrick and Todd Walker posted sub-52 second qualifying times in the 400, although Parish said Hedrick may not run in the finals.We had a little setback at the end of the day when Ryan pulled a hamstring in the 200 (qualifier), Parish said. Were going to have to assess it in the morning. Hes a huge piece of what were going to do. The four-by-two team (of which Hedrick is a part) has already qualified, and we have bigger fish to fry as well.The Huskies will put some of their athletes in different events than usual in hopes of winning regionals.They are ready for the challenge, Parish said. We have a veteran group. The mental preparation will be key.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.
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