Casas leads Huskies on Day 1 |

Casas leads Huskies on Day 1

DENVER — Battle Mountain track and field does long distances … in running.

But on Day 1 at state in Denver, thrower David Casas went a long distance — 152 feet even — for second place in the discus and the highest individual finish for a Huskies athlete at 4A.

“It’s a testament to David’s hard work and coach (Ian) Calhoun’s hard work,” Huskies head coach Rob Parish said. “They’re a great example of a partnership. David’s worked his way from trying out the sport and having fun to missing state by one spot last year.”

The 3,200 relay is still king at Battle Mountain. Sofia Calabrese, Jordan Brandt, Melissa Delgado and Izze Calabrese teamed up for fourth in 9 minutes, 38.04 seconds.

The gents — Ricardo Arreola, Daniel Ortiz, Josh Braun and Alexis Aguirre — took 10th in the school’s first appearance at state in the event since the 2008 boys won the relay.

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“It was great to see Josh, Ricky and Daniel end their career like that,” Parish said.

In pole vault, Izze Calabrese flew 11-3 and into fourth place just after she ran the anchor of the 3,200.

In preliminary action, Lilly McMurrain fell short of qualifying in the open 200. The 800 relay of Taylor Anderson, Audrey Deighan, Malia Barca and McMurrain, also did not make the finals.

Nonetheless, it was a good first day for the Huskies.

“We have quite a few events in which the kids are qualified,” Parish said. “This is the best first day I can remember.”

On tap for today is Sofia Calabrese in the high jump. She is the top seed in the 4A field. The Huskies also have 300 hurdles prelims, in which they have three runners — the Calabreses and McMurrain — going.

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

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