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Crabb and Pence shine on final day of state

DENVER — There’s the expression “Better to be lucky than good.”

For Eagle Valley’s Charise Crabb at the state track and field meet, she was lucky and good.

The Devils junior had a sub-par outing in the preliminaries in the 100-meter hurdles, yet made the finals when a hurdler was disqualified for a false start. And to her credit, Crabb took advantage of her opportunity and promptly finished fourth on Saturday.

In fairness to Crabb, it wasn’t like she’s a Cinderella story. She’s been near the top of the state in the 100 hurdles.

But, starting in the ninth lane is not ideal at state.

“I just focused on my race,” she said. “It was just like practice and there was only my lane of hurdles. I wasn’t thinking about the other hurdlers.”

And out of the ninth lane she clocked a time of 15.25 seconds, breaking her school record … again. When she started hurdling at Eagle Valley, no lady had gone faster than 16 seconds.

And Crabb still has year senior year on tap.

“I’m excited,” she said. “After today, I’m not ready for the season to be over.”

In other Devils action on Saturday, “Cody Osteen went 10 feet, 8 inches in the pole vault, setting a new school record. Trever LaFramboise took 16th on the boys’ side of pole vault, going 11-6.

Pence scorches 1,600

Vail Christian’s Ethan Pence can check off every item of his list.

“I told John (O’Neill) when I asked him to coach me that I wanted to go under (4 minutes, 30 seconds) in the mile, under 9:40 in the two-mile and under 2 minutes in the 800 (meters),” Pence said. “I was able to do it. I don’t think I’d change a single thing about this season and I can’t thank him enough.”

O’Neill is a professional triathlete, who set some marks of his own during his time at Battle Mountain before graduating in 2008, and Pence proved to be a great pupil.

Pence knocked down the last goal on the above list by taking third in the 1,600 meters in 4:28.71 on Saturday at state.

He started state with a rough performance in the 3,200 (more than 10 minutes), but rallied nicely for a sub-2-minute 800 on Friday. (Pence had already shattered 9:40 in the 3,200 at the Liberty Bell earlier this season.)

Pence, who is off to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo this fall, leaves Vail Christian as the record holder in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Huskies mile relay takes eighth

The fastest local athlete at state might have been Huskies senior Melissa Delgado.

She ran of the 3,200-meter relay team earlier at state. On Friday, she helped the 1,600 team qualify for the state finals. On Saturday, she attended her graduation in Vail and then went down to Denver to make sure the mile team finished eighth.

Delgado, Naomi Harding, Alex Raichart and Gabby Trueblood finished in 4:03.

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