Battle Mountain girls win Mickey Dunn |

Battle Mountain girls win Mickey Dunn

Battle Mountain's Val Constien, left, drafts behind Mountain Vista's Molly Reicher before taking off to set the new school record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 15 seconds during Saturday's Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction.
Bob Shearon | Special to the Daily. |

GRAND JUNCTION — The object is to win trophies in May, not March, but Battle Mountain track and field is not going to throw the hardware back.

The Huskies girls won the Mickey Dunn Invitational on Saturday with 92.5 points ahead of Fruita Monument (84) and Eagle Valley (74.5).

“With the top-18 system, it’s changed the way coaches look at meets,” Huskies track coach Rob Parish said of the state-qualification system. “You use the meets to look at the right places to put people. Once you find the sweet spot for those athletes you can have them practice the events. That’s the whole game as we are fitting the puzzle together. It’s nice to look at the results part way through and see we can actually win this meet.”

Constien Breaks Record

Saturday’s headliner was Val Constien, who ran the mile in 5 minutes, 15 seconds, which is new school record. That would be the sixth school mark for the future CU Buff (1,600-meter relay, 3,200 relay, 800, 1,600, triple jump and the cross-country mark in the fall.)

The Huskies also got wins in the 4-by-4 and 4-by-8 relays. Taylor Anderson and Sofia Calabrese finished fifth and seventh in the 100 hurdles. Christina Shearon took eighth in the mile. Sydney and Hannah Gaylord went second and third in the 3,200. Tesha Olsen flew to third in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump.

The boys struggled in the team standings, but Ethan Cotton had a personal record in the 1,600.

Complete results of the Mickey Dunn are at

Battle Mountain track is at Broomfield on Friday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.

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