Battle Mountain track has its cake … again
GYPSUM – They might be starting to run out of flour in Edwards.
Battle Mountain track and field gets a cake every time the Huskies break a school record. Two more records fell Saturday as the ladies rolled to a win at the Eagle Valley Invite, scoring a whopping 213 points ahead of second-place Eagle Valley (105).
“Yes, the ingredients are getting thin, but the cake is pretty delicious,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf joked.
“The coaches get a lot of different kinds, so it’s pretty good,” said Isabelle Courtois, who had quite a day. “I’d say the one with Zach’s face was the best.”
That would be Zach Guida cake, a popular flavor sold in all bakeries. He set the pole-vault mark last week in Fort Collins. Saturday, it was the ladies’ turn. Both Bailey Garton and Molly Childers went 9 feet, 11.5 inches in the pole vault. The girls medley of Courtois, Katia Lopez, Katie Matarese and Val Constien blew down the school record which had been on the board since 1983.
“To break a school record from 1983 – some of our coaches weren’t even born yet. I was 5,” Krumlauf said. “It was just one of those days where the weather was great. We all love coming down to Eagle Valley. The kids just had fun. When they have fun, they can perform at their best and push themselves and find that inner strength they’ve been training for.”
Courtois found something Saturday, more specifically 40 points. She won or was part of a winning team in all four events in which she competed – the 100 meters, the 200, the 800 relay and the medley.
“I hope to make it to state in four events.” said, Izzy, as she is known in Battle Mountain circles.
“What Izzy is doing comes from hard work over the last three years, especially this year in January, coming in every day with her weight-training and her running, being smart with just everything she’s doing,” Krumlauf said. “She’s battling shin splints. What she’s got going on now is just hopefully a case of what’s to come.”
Eagle Valley’s Michelle Carbajal is also showing the future is now. She won the triple and the long jump. The triple is her specialty, having posted a 36-4 last weekend and a 35-5.5 Saturday.
“I lift weight almost every day, and I do my (pliometrics),” she said. “The plios help a lot. Actually, when I jumped last week I felt like I could go even further.”
Roberto Cortes rang up a win in the shot put.
“Roberto Cortes won the shot put with just a standing throw,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said with a laugh. “I think we can even get him to skip, we can get him to throw 2 feet farther.”
It was an all-Eagle County podium in the 800. Battle Mountain’s Constien topped Eagle Valley’s Roxy Trotter and Vail Christian’s Ashlyn Gruber.
“I was thinking, ‘Just do your best. When you cross the finish line, know that you have nothing left,'” Constien said. “I heard (assistant coach Rob) Parish yelling, ‘Just try to get behind Roxy.’ I was reeling her in. In my heart, ‘I was thinking, ‘I’m doing this.'”
Battle Mountain’s Christina Shearon and Mandy Ortiz won the mile and the two-mile, respectively, keeping those events in their families.
And then there was Eagle Valley’s Will Dutmer. Sure, teammate Jeremy Sabo went higher in the high jump, yet when Dutmer cleared 5-11 for a personal best, he celebrated like he won the Olympics. He hopped off the bag and sprinted from the south end of Hit Stuff Stadium to about the 35-yard line of the football field with his arms raised.
“It’s so awesome when you get kids that excited about how they did,” Shroll said.
Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Christian are at Glenwood Springs next week.