Devils girls, boys finish fifth, sixth respectively
On May Day, the Eagle Valley boys and girls track teams had a heyday at the Moffat County Invitational.
The Devils ladies produced the biggest surprise for Eagle Valley coach Jeff Schroll as it finished in fifth-place with 100.5 points at the 25-team meet.
“With this many teams, I’m very pleased,” Schroll said. “This is our biggest meet of the year. We faced the same 5A teams we saw last weekend (at the Rifle Invitational) and there were also teams from Wyoming here. For our girls to be scoring that high is great. These girls really turned it on today.”
The Devils boys finished in sixth place with a score of 94.5 points.
In what was a solid, all-around effort from both teams, the biggest individual performances came from Brad Gamble, Sean Matheson, Heather Mann, Kenzie Shreeve and Jacob Rivera.
Rivera shattered his personal best in discuss, as he heaved a throw of 144 feet, six inches to finish in fifth place.
“It was the most shocking, awesome thing of the day,” Schroll said. “He beat his personal best by 15 feet.”
Matheson was also spectacular.
The sophomore prequalified for state with a third-place finish in the 200 meters, to go along with his previous qualifying performances in the 400 relay, the 800 relay and the 100.
“He finally prequalified for state in the 200,” Schroll said “To qualify in the 4-by-1, the 4-by-2, the open 100 and now the 200, that’s pretty good for a sophomore who’s never run track before.”
Mann prequalified again for state in the 400 by finishing fourth and Shreeve won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet.
Gamble also prequalified for state again with wins in the 110 and the 300 hurdles.
Gamble also qualified for state in the long jump on Wednesday as the only Eagle Valley athlete to attend the Runner’s Roost Invite at Mullen High School in Denver, springing for a jump of 20 feet, 9 inches.
He also took an impressive second-place in the 300 hurdles, losing to Will Smith of 5A Eaglecrest.
After Saturday’s meet in Moffat County, Schroll said that he was pleased with the entire effort put forth by his athletes on such a big stage. He was also excited about the opportunity to smooth all the rough spots out in the next two weeks before regionals.
The Devils were superb on Saturday, but Schroll knows they can still be better.
“For us to score as many points as we did, there were a lot of third-place finishes, fourth-place finishes,” Schroll said. “I think we did really well. But, we still had some bad exchanges in the 4-by-2 and we dropped the baton in the 4-by-1. We should have took that. If we can get that out of our system before regionals, we should be looking pretty good.”
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.