Devils clean up at Eagle Valley Invite |

Devils clean up at Eagle Valley Invite

Ian Cropp
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GYPSUM – For the first time since fall, Hot Stuff Stadium was once again hot Saturday, courtesy of some nice weather and the Eagle Valley track and field team. The Devils won their home meet on both the boys’ and girls’ sides by sizable margins, despite key injuries.”This was a hard week. We lost Wes Minett to a hamstring pull and Ashleyy (Rohweder) is not doing real well, but the team rebounded and did well. The guys rallied around Wes,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll.Battle Mountain, which was without the services of Jonny Stevens, Shea Phelan and Levi Horn, all of whom were at a meet in Mullen, and Connor Drumm, who was on a college trip, finished second on the boys’ side.

“It was fantastic to see how they did without having those guys around,” said Battle Mountain coach Jeff Krumlauf. “Our kids are looking good.”Battle Mountain’s girls placed sixth.”We were disqualified in two relays in which we would have finished second and fourth,” Krumlauf said. “Other than that, we’re looking great.”And Vail Christian came fresh out of an ACT test to take 10th in the girls’ side.”The girls made it out in time for the 4 by 100 meters and they were kind of tired by then,” said Vail Christian coach Bob Isbell. “And we have prom.”Both Vail Christian and Battle Mountain followed up the meet with prom.Fast, high and long

Eagle Valley’s Sean Matheson grabbed a pair of golds in the 100 and 200, running a 11.16 and 23.37, respectively. Battle Mountain’s Aaron Wilcox was third in the 100 (11.35).”It felt good,” Matheson said. “I’m getting stronger each meet. It was nice (to win), but I wish Wes was better. He pushes me to do my best.”Matheson isn’t the only one Minett keeps in check. Mike Smith, who took first in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (20-10 1/2), wished he had Minett alongside in the long jump.”Joking around, I told him I’d jump for him, and it worked, I guess,” Smith said.Smith did enjoy having some company at the high jump in John Gabriel who took fourth (5-10).”We motivate each other,” Smith said.Gabriel took second in the triple jump (42-5 1/2) and third in the long jump (19-7 3/4), while Battle Mountain’s Casey Kleisinger was fourth in the long jump (19-1). Vail Christian’s Caleb Pearson took third in the high jump.Rachel Sandoval won the long jump in her first time jumping this year, while Vail Christian’s Molly Brooks took fifth.

Eagle Valley cleaned up in the throwing event.”Our throwers, jeeze, that’s money in the bank,” Shroll said. “Our thrower girls are studs, all of them.”Kayla Phillips won shot put (32-5 1/4), Amy Thompson took fourth (31-4 3/4) Sarah Schlegel took fifth (30-6 3/4) and Kacey Bair took sixth (30-1/4).In the discus, Thompson won and set a personal record (104-8), while Schlegel was third (101-2), Phillips was sixth (91-1) and Bair was seventh (90-2). Battle Mountain’s Max VanDyke was eighth (89-5).Jacob Rivera won the shot put (46-6) and took second in discus (149-7), while Vail Christian’s Jaryd Francis showed up, decided to compete in the shot put and took third.”We’ve been running him, and all of a sudden, he comes out and hew the shot put,” Isbell said.Relay

Battle Mountain ended the day winning the boys’ 1,600 relay (3 minutes, 37 seconds).”That was probably the best race we’ve had all year for 4-by-4,” Krumlauf said. “It was four seconds off our school record.”The Huskies started the day by taking first in the boys’ 3,200 relay (8:45).Battle Mountain’s TJ Simpson, who won his first gold medal in the 3,200 relay, grabbed his first individual gold in the 3,200 (10:45).”If there wasn’t anybody outstanding, I knew I could stay with the pack, and I would try to get (the lead) on the last lap,” Simpson said. “I was hoping the guy behind didn’t have a good kick.”Battle Mountain’s Michelle Hiland won the 1,600, while Vail Christian’s Molly McGee took second.”I just went ahead and went for it at the beginning. I was pretty tired at the end,” McGee said. “We took the ACTs this morning, so I was pretty zapped. But it was good for a first race.”Eagle Valley won the 400 girls’ relay and took second in the 800 girls’ relay, while Battle Mountain took third.

The Devils’ Bryonny Hiland won the 100 and 300 hurdles. The Huskies’ VanDyke was second in the 300 hurdles.Kyle Simonett won the boys’ 400 (53:84), while the Devils won the 400 relay. Jake Brock took second in the 1,600.And at the Mullen meet, Stevens ran a personal best 10:08 in the 3,200 to prequalify for state. Phelan ran the 800 in 2:03. Battle Mountain will host Eagle Valley and Aspen Tuesday.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

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