Devils’ girls’ 800 team advances to state finals
LAKEWOOD, Colorado ” It was not an easy decision for anyone involved with Eagle Valley track and field.
Defending state 300-meter hurdling champion Ashley Rohweder hurt her quadriceps muscle at the Tiger Invite in Grand Junction two weeks ago, and everyone was hoping the Eagle Valley senior, who had pre-qualified, could defend her title at this weekend’s state meet.
In the end, she couldn’t and withdrew from Friday’s preliminaries in Lakewood.
“We spent some time talking about it with the trainers. Everyone was saddened that she doesn’t get to defend it,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “It’s one of those things with track. If you get injured in a running event, it’s tough to come back. If it doesn’t go away in a week or two, you have to get off it for six weeks to three months.”
While Rohweder couldn’t go in the hurdles, she still ran the anchor leg ” not having to burst out of the starting block was helpful with her injury ” of Eagle Valley’s 400-meter relay, and the Devils qualified as the fifth seed for today’s final.
Shaylynn Nielson, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora, Emilly Kingston and Rohweder compete today at 12:35 p.m.
“The girls ran their best time of the season so far,” Shroll said. “All the teams are tight. We’ve got a real good shot at (placing well). I think it’s do-able. We’ve got to get our handoffs down. Some pretty good teams went down today on dropped handoffs. In the 4-by-1, anything can happen.”
The boys 3,200 relay came within a second of breaking Eagle Valley’s school record. Andrew Hill, Joe Trujillo, Griffin Turnipseed, and Jamie Fahrmeyer logged in at 8 minutes, 15 seconds.
Fahrmeyer, who had the flu, still came back two hours later and ran the 1,600 in 4:44.
Angela Phillips took 10th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.8 seconds, a personal record. Pickslay-Zamora also had a P.R. in the open 200 with a 26.7.
Jackie Eberhard threw 30 feet, 6 inches in the shot put, a season best for her.
“That’s what track is about,” Shroll said. “Every person tries to get better and better. Everyone went out on a high note. The 4-by-8 was a good example. They all made sure to tell me that they left it all out there. I’m proud of all the guys and gals who made it down here.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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