Depth points Huskies towards success
EAGLE-VAIL<They1ve got hurdlers. They1ve got sprinters, throwers, milers and jumpers.Heck, Battle Mountain track and field even has a Minturn town council member in jumping coach Darell Wegert.The entire crew will get its season underway at Saturday1s Eagle Valley Invitational down in Gypsum.3We have a lot of kids going. We can score a lot of points if we do well, boys track coach Lance Pratt said. 3But I1m more concerned with kids improving on what they did two weeks ago and seeing that improvement, especially the young kids. Just let them get out there and compete.The Huskies have a whole lot of new faces in new places<as well as some veterans in assorted disciplines.It1s a case of the latter when it comes to Pat Phelan1s throwers. Josh Henry (last year1s regional discus champion), Juju Salazar, Seth Kissinger Cody and Clay Stackpole are all back. Throw in the the artists formerly known as the Super Sophs (now known as the Super Juniors) in Jenna Gilbert and Emily Bradshaw and Phelan is a happy coach.3This is great. Realistically, we did a great job of recruiting. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but we really did, he said. 3We went out and looked at every single sophomore and said, OHey, do we thing they can help us, maybe in two years?1 We1ve got some great kids out. It1s a lot of fun when you have a lot of kids to coach.Henry is certainly one of those. He1s a contender for the state crown in discus.3His real goal is No. 1, he wants to beat (Brandon) Straub1s (school) record, Phelan said. 3No. 2 he wants to be a repeat regional champion. No. 3 he wants to be the state champion and if he is, he1s up on the Wall of Fame.The jumpers look promising also. Wegert likes what he1s been seeing from Amelia Van Dyke, Harrison Brown, Kati Russell, Sacha Frey, Andy Given, Chris Roberts and Alex Vu. Van Dyke and Allison Myers got off to a good start last month. They finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at the Mickey Dunn Invitational.Rob Finlay leads the way when it come to the long-distance runners. Long-distance coach Rob Parish says look out for the likes Rudy Serna, Anna Himmes, Maggie Sheahan and Stephanie Rice.3We1ve just been doing a lot of base runs, just a lot of miles getting kids accustomed to longer distances, Parish said. 3We1ve done some hill workouts and some tempo runs. They1ve been working very hard on hill runs. We did Whiskey Hill five times yesterday.Moving to the sprinters, Pratt is excited about his young charges like Pat Meehan, Tyler Eaton, Frey and Brad Myers on the boys side. On the girls side, look for speedsters like Katie Hite, Katie Lindbloom, Allison Kusin and Emma and Lauren Farrell.The Huskies1 relay teams are still up in the air, but Pratt expects the likes of Doug Mason, Grant Stevenson, Brown, Russell, Myers, Natalie Spohrer and Kunis to carry the baton at some point.In the pole vault, expect Jared Cliver as well as Myers and Stevenson to shine. Stevenson, along with Mason, Hite and Lindbloom, also figure to be a factor in the hurdles.
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