Can anyone say PR?
GRAND JUNCTION – Battle Mountain track and field likely set a personal record for personal records at this weekend’s Tiger Invitational down in Grand Junction.And, this is the right time of the season to be putting up such marks as next weekend is the 4A Slope regional meet.”The athletes and coaches alike were pleased with all the performances,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “We started backing off a bit last week and we’re going to continue to ease off through next week. We have every confidence that the kids can run, jump and throw even better next weekend.”For the purposes of this article any time or measurement, unless otherwise noted, was a PR.Bye, bye school recordThe boys 3,200 school record lasted all of one week. Shea Phelan, Travis Landauer, Zach Erickson and Grant Stevenson shattered their own record Friday set six days ago by 15 seconds.The quartet posted a time of 8 minutes, 15.78 seconds – Erickson posted at 1:59 split – for third place, just one-hundredth of a second behind regional rival Montezuma-Cortez.”It the first time they’ve seen (Cortez),” Parish said. “The guys are really geared up to race them next weekend. I’m really proud that they came back and broke their own record.”Then, there’s the Mile Mob. Last season, only Stevenson broke five minutes. This weekend when T.J. Simpson came around in 4:58, he was the sixth Huskies runner to break five minutes in the 1,600 this season.The Mile Mob is led by Stevenson who’s closing in on Chris Isbell’s school record of 4:35.4. Stevenson finished eighth with a 4:36.5. Also in the mile, Battle Mountain had Erickson (4:39.9), Jonathan Stevens (4:47), Andy Given and Jake Ball (both at 5:07)Speedy StevensStevens showed his mettle in the long distance races this weekend.”Mohammed Ige of Denver south is one of the best distance runners in the country and he ran a 9:20,” Parish said. “And Johnny Stevens started out with him before falling back a little. He finished very strong. His second mile was faster than the first.”At 10:11.2, Stevens was the fastest in the 4A Slope. Simpson clocked a 10:33 and Ball had a 10:59.Speaking of speedy, freshman Aaron Wilcox was third in 100 qualifying with an 11.28 and finished fifth in the finals. In the 200, he was seventh in the qualifying and finals. His times of 23.34 and 24.44, respectively were not PRs. But, Parish has decided not to vote him off the island for not getting a PR there.Casey Kleisinger did have a PR in the long jump – 18 feet, 10 inches. Jamie Hijmans and Colby Austin posted PRs in the shot put.In the 800, Phelan was sixth in 2:03.46. Landauer put down a 2:05.56 and Derek Byron’s two laps took 2:07.85.Wilcox, Kleisinger, Charlie Coats and Barrett Chow ran the 800 relay in 1:34.99 for seventh. The boys 1600 of Landauer, Erickson, Coats and Alex Dangler finished eighth in 3:39.3. Sadly, that was not a PR.Ladies show lightningIn the girls 800 relay, the sisters Richardson – Rolena and Rebecca – and Kate Epstein and Meagan Reigel took fifth in 1:53.1 in what Parish called “a breakthrough race.”Rebecca Richardson went 12-9 in the long jump ad 29-2 in the triple. Rolena had a season best 29-2 in the latter and was logged a 63.3 in the 400 on her way to seventh.Marit Johnson slashed 40 seconds off her PR in the 3,200 and ran the 1,600 in 6:02.Regionals start with pole vaulting Tuesday at Battle Mountain and continue in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.Vail, Colorado
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.