Devils, Huskies and Saints get ready for league meets
Let the machinations begin.
The sound you just heard are Battle Mountain coaches Rob Parish, Max Van Dyke and Jonny Stevens cackling in the lab. Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll just isn’t the type of guy to cackle, but the chess game is starting.
Eagle Valley’s boys won at Montrose, while the Devils ladies were second on Friday. Battle Mountain had some impressive results at this weekend’s Liberty Bell, as did the Vault Christian Vaulters. (That was meant to come out the Vail Christian Saints.)
Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain head to Grand Junction Friday and Saturday for the 4A league meet. New for 2015 is that CHSAA has moved league meets across the state one week earlier, or two weeks before the state meet. That allows teams to put athletes in assorted events to maximize their chances to take a league title, while still allowing everyone to go to big meets to qualify for the state 18 the weekend before state.
Eagle Valley enters the 4A Slope meet as the champs in both the boys and girls divisions.
‘Bring our A-Game’
“I think it’s going to be tough with Battle Mountain, Palisade and Glenwood,” Shroll said. “There are no gimmes. That’s for darn sure. We have to bring our A-game.”
This is, of course, part of the process — saying nice things about your opponents. There is also truth in that statement.
The Devils boys look strong in the sprints and relays. Their female counterparts are good there and have Charise Crabbe in the hurdles.
Battle Mountain will counter with distance, the vault, and the Calabrese sisters, Izze and Sofia. Don’t be surprised to see some athletes in different places. Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain will put people in places where they think they can get the most points. The league meet is as much of a math problem as an athletic event.
Eagle Valley had the better team results this weekend at a chilly Montrose Invitational. (Oh, the irony of lovely weather in March and now, snow, wind and rain as we approach May.)
As such, don’t put too much stock into the times and distances the Devils recorded. More so, the continuing presence of individuals such as Gino Giovagnoli, Luis Chavez, Cristian Aguilar, Riley Rowles, Xavier Mendoza, Carly Volkmer, Taylor Hermosillo and Crabbe being in the points … again are of note. Pole vault wasn’t contested in Montrose, so that brings Megan Osteen into the mix come the league meet.
Meanwhile, Battle Mountain’s aces looked sharp at the Liberty Bell, a deeper meet than Montrose.
Sofia Calabrese went 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump, which further solidifies her hold on the 4A high jump. Izze Calabrese and Lilly McMurrain look very formidable in the hurdles after their finishes down on the Front Range. And the Huskies 3,200-meter relay team plunged down to 8 minutes, 16.79 seconds.
Vail Christian heads to Rangely on Saturday. (Yes, the 3A/2A and the 5A/4A league meets are split this year.) Taylor Alexander won the Liberty Bell pole vault, beating all comers from any classification, while Cooper Daniels and Nick Boyne went 2-3 on the boys’ side.
100 — 7. Riley Rowles, 11.71.
200 — 4. Cristian Aguilar, 23.73.
800 — 4. Luis Chavez, 2:01.02.
1,600 — 2. Gino Giovagnoli, 4:35.02.
3,200 — 3. Michael Niemeyer, 10:57.77; 5. Brandon Sheard, 11:06.46; 7. Aiden Branch, 11:07.94.
300 hurdles — 4. Jay Neal, Eagle Valley, 41.50.
400 relay — 7. Eagle Valley, 46.06.
800 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 1:32.77.
1,600 relay — 2. Eagle Valley, 3:31.94.
3,200 relay — 4. Eagle Valley, 9:01.73.
Medley — 6. Eagle Valley, 1:43.97.
High jump — 6. John Davis, 5-8.
Long jump — 3. Riley Rowles, 20-2.
Shot put — 4. Xavier Mendoza, 46.6.
200 — 8. Shawna Adams, 27.93.
400 — 1. Carly Volkmer, 59.61.
800 — 1. Taylor Hermosillo, 2:30.85.
3,200 — Karla Jaramillo, 13:58.81.
100 hurdles — 2. Charise Crabbe, 15.99; 6. Cody Osteen, 17.34.
300 hurdles — 3. Charise Crabb, 48.81.
800 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 1:48.76.
1,600 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 4:15.75.
3,200 relay — 1. Eagle Valley, 10:13.28.
Medley — 8. Eagle Valley, 2:01.10.
High jump — 1. McKenzee Sisson, 5; 5. Shawna Adams, 4-10; 8. Morgan Murphy, 4-8.
Shot put — 8. Cassie Jaramillo, 31-1.5.
Discus — 6. Taylor Martin, 100-11; 7. Kylie Martin, 98-11; 8. Cassie Jaramillo, 98-7.
Battle Mountain and Vail Christian
3,200 relay — 6. Battle Mountain, 8:16.79.
Pole vault — 2. Cooper Daniels, Vail Christian, 13-10; 3. Nick Boyne, Vail Christian, 13-4.
400 — 5. Sofia Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 1:01.40.
1,600 relay — 5. Battle Mountain, 4:12.30.
3,200 relay — 5. Battle Mountain, 9:52.71.
300 hurdles — 3. Izze Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 46.19; 6. Lilly McMurrain, Battle Mountain. 47.22.
High jump — 2. Sofia Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 5-6.
Pole vault — 1. Taylor Alexander, Vail Christian, 11-4; 2. Izze Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 10-10.