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Battle Mountain track and field wins title No. 5

GRAND JUNCTION — Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley, and Vail Christian made themselves feel at home at Grand Junction’s Stocker Stadium this weekend during the Western Slope League meets.

Battle Mountain girls edged out Eagle Valley for a league crown, while Glenwood Springs’ boys squeaked by the Devils boys for the boys’ title. And the 2A Vail Christian boys won the 2A/1A Slope championship.

That is Slope title No. 5 in a row for the Huskies. Battle Mountain’s Class of 2019 is rather accomplished. League champs every year in track, this crew has also been part of eight straight regional titles in cross-country.  In the fall, this crew has finished 2-1-1-2 in the state. In the winter, they helped the Huskies win state skiing by racing Nordic. And, the ladies are the two-time defending 3,200-meter relay champions.

As far as winning title No. 5, the heroines were the unlikely ones. The Huskies know that Hardings can run distances — and we’ll get to that.

Sabrina Sutter won three league titles which are nice. More importantly, that was 30 points from the 100 meters, the 200 and long jump, events in which the Huskies don’t usually expect points.

“That’s unbelievable for such a team that is traditionally distance oriented,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “To get her help in sprinting and jumps makes us a complete team.”

Then there was Augustine Hancock. First off, no she is not related to Nick or Jimmy, as every Battle Mountain fan might think. Hancock came out of nowhere to take second in the shot put.

“Let’s just say the virtual meet didn’t have her doing that,” Parish said of milesplit.com on which everyone runs models of the league meet.

The mile

And then there was the 1,600. It was “the” race of the day. Held in Grand Junction, this was the Eagle County Derby or the Sister Smackdown — Blairs vs. Hardings. The Blairs won this round with Joslin edging Samantha by hundredths of seconds. (Yes, hundredths of seconds in a mile.)

“That’s the veteran in her with the lean at the finish,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said.

Lizzy and Naomi Harding followed in third and fourth. Most notably, Naomi Harding finished fourth with a time of 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

“She finished fourth in the league and fifth in the state,” Parish joked.

Yes, 5:03 is the fifth-fastest mile time in 4A this season, but only good four fourth in the Slope.

Devils nearly run down Demons

The Eagle Valley boys went haymaker-for-haymaker with Glenwood before the Demons finally won out.

“Our boys really came through and gave Glenwood a run for their money,” Shroll said. “In the end, they just had more depth.”

Eagle Valley comes home with a truckload of league titles.

Led by Holden Daniels, the Devils swamps the pole-vault podium, won the 3,200 relay with a good time of 8:20 and Miguel Castillo came home with the long jump.

As for the Blairs, yes, they Blair-ed, if that’s a verb. Of special note, Joslin was the Most Outstanding Athlete of the girls’ meet, while Samantha scored points in the hurdles, which is just downright silly in a good way.

League meets

Note: As of press time, results were incomplete. The top local finisher is listed.

4A Slope Championship

Boys

100 — 4. Theo Marston, Battle Mountain, 11.64.

200 — 4. Alejandro Aragon, Eagle Valley, 23.98.

800 — 1. Nico Piliero, Battle Mountain, 2:01.45.

1,600 — 2. Nico Piliero, Battle Mountain, 4:28.17.

3,200 — 3. Carter Baker, Eagle Valley, 10:11.

400 relay — 2. Eagle Valley, 45.59.

800 relay — 4. Battle Mountain, 1:37.29.

1,600 relay — 1. Battle Mountain

3,200 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 8:20.76.

300 hurdles — 5. Liam Hanagan, Battle Mountain, 44.59.

High jump — 3. Matthew Turner, Eagle Valley, 5-8.

Long jump — 1. Miguel Castillo, Eagle Valley, 23-4.75.

Pole vault — 1. Holden Daniels, Eagle Valley, 14-6.

Triple jump — 3. Miguel Castillo, Eagle Valley, 42-6.

Shot put — 2. Max Christenberry, Battle Mountain, 45-5.

Discus — 1. Max Christenberry, Battle Mountain, 160-9.

Girls

100 — 1. Sabrina Sutter, Battle Mountain, 12.71.

200 — 1. Sabrina Sutter, Battle Mountain, 25.96.

400 — 2. Samantha Blair, Battle Mountain, 58.43.

800 — 1. Samantha Blair, Eagle Valley, 2:15.84.

1,600 — 1. Joslin Blair, Eagle Valley, 5:01.27.

3,200 — 1. Joslin Blair, Eagle Valley, 11:09.

400 relay — 2. Eagle Valley, 52.03.

800 relay — 1. Battle Mountain, 1:49.60.

1,600 relay — 1. Battle Mountain, 4:10.35.

3,200 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 9:53.98.

Medley — 3. Battle Mountain, 1:59.64.

100 hurdles — 2. Tristin Book, Eagle Valley, 16.66.

300 hurdles — 4. Samantha Blair, Eagle Valley, 48.39.

Long jump — 1. Sabrina Sutter, Battle Mountain, 16-9.25.

High jump — 2. Emma Reeder, Battle Mountain, 4-10.

Pole vault — 2. Sharon Rodney, Battle Mountain, 9.

Triple jump — 1. Yanitza Carbajal, Vail Christian, 34-4.25.

Discus — 2. Augustine Hancock, Battle Mountain, 102-11.

Shot put — 7. Rayne Lieurance, Eagle Valley, 28-6.

2A/1A Slope Championship

Boys

100 — 1. P.G. Nkalang’ango, Vail Christian, 11.60.

200 — 1. Quinn Mitchell, Vail Christian, 24.04.

400 — 3. Luke Bowers, Vail Christian, 52.95.

800 — 4. Jose Ascencio, Vail Christian, 2:06.30.

1,600 — 5. Jose Ascencio, Vail Christian, 5:02.56.

3,200 — 7. Jordan Erlich, Vail Christian, 11:37.53.

400 relay — 2. Vail Christian, 45.32.

800 relay — 1. Vail Christian, 1:34.34.

1,600 relay — Unknown.

3,200 relay — 4. Vail Christian, 9:33.48

110 hurdles — 4. Zach McKeever, Vail Christian, 18.37.

300 hurdles — 3. Zach McKeever, Vail Christian, 43.61.

Long jump — 5. E.J. Koller, Vail Christian, 18-4.75.

Triple jump — 5. Jake Bowers, Vail Christian, 36-11.

Discus — 3. Zach McKeever, Vail Christian, 122-5.

Shot put — T2. Slater O’Brien, 40.

Girls

200 — 8. Kiana Brausch, Vail Christian, 28.88.

800 — 2. Kendelle Smith, Vail Christian, 2:22.71.

800 relay — 3. Vail Christian, 1:51.09.

Medley — 1. Vail Christian, 1:54.55.

Pole vault — 2. Blake Layman, Vail Christian, 8-6.

Discus — Unknown.

Shot put — 4. Abby Kuhns, Vail Christian, 32-6.