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Battle Mountain track and field wins Liberty Bell

Lizzy Harding sets record in 800

Battle Mountain's Lizzie Harding cranks it during the home stretch of the 800 meters at the Liberty Bell in Littleton on Saturday. Harding set a new school record in the 800.
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LITTLETON — Ring the bell, ladies.

We don’t actually know if there is a bell at the Liberty Bell Invitational, but Battle Mountain girls’ track and field won the predominantly 5A meet on Saturday.

The Huskies put 70 points ahead of Ralston Valley (53) and Loveland (50).

“We definitely stretched their legs a little bit,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “We really like the Liberty Bell because it has the fast 2-mile on Friday night and prelims on Friday, so we can run some opens.”

That is track speak for it’s a two-day meet, the events are spread out more giving the athletes more rest and it’s like the state meet, to which the Huskies aspire.

The headliner was Lizzy Harding setting the school record in the 800-meter with a time of 2 minutes, 15.15 seconds. That was previously held by Val Constien (2:16.4). What’s worth noting is that Naomi Harding has gone as low as 2:16.5, so this may become a Harding sister thing before everything’s done.

Battle Mountain racked up the points in the 800-meter going 1-2-4 — Lizzie, Naomi, and Grace Johnson and 2-4-7 in the 3,200-meter — Grace, Lizzy and Naomi.

Max Christenberry won the discus — no shock — while Wyatt Nelson was second in the pole vault. The stunner of the weekend on the boys’ side was that the Huskies ran an 8:20.72 in 3,200-meter relay — and finished 12th.

An 8:20 should put a 4-by-8 team in the mix, and certainly in the points, but this was a deep field with 5A Arapahoe winning in 7:53.35. The trivia buffs in the audience may remember the Huskies won state in the 3,200-meter relay in 2008 with a time of 7:52.9.

Devils third in Montrose

MONTROSE — The sister theme in Eagle County track and field has been beaten to death with Eagle Valley’s Blairs and Battle Mountain’s Hardings, but we do have another one.

Meet Yanitza Carbajal. Yep, she’s a sister, as well — Michelle Carbajal’s younger sister. Michelle won the state triple-jump title back in 2014. Yanitza’s a freshman and she making waves.

She won the triple jump on Saturday at the Montrose Indian Invitational. Yep, coach Jeff Shroll is smiling.

Coach has lots of reasons to smile after Saturday. Both 1,600-meter relay teams won. Jackson Sticker topped the shot put. Avery Doan won the 1,600-meter with a personal record. Not to alarm anyone, but Joslin Blair won a race, the 800-meter.

Samantha and Joslin Blair went 2-3 in the 400-meter. Both were faster than 60 seconds. Miguel Castillo flew to second in the long jump.

Eagle Valley’s teams finished third behind 5A Fruita Monument and Glenwood Springs.

Next week is the league meet at Stocker Stadium. Let the machinations begin. Glenwood Springs is the favorite on the boys’ side. Battle Mountain is the defending champion for the ladies, but will face stiff challenges from Eagle Valley, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs.

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