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Devils, Huskies get a taste of track, region

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

DELTA, Colorado ” Saturday wasn’t a day where seconds and inches mattered for Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley track and field.

“Half of our kids didn’t have spikes, and they were trading shoes around, marveling at the difference they made,” Battle Mountain coach Laurie Kleisinger said. “It was fun to see freshmen to seniors experiencing their first meet and going through the jitters and doing well.”

While Saturday’s meet may not have been the first competition for the contingent of returning athletes, it was the first opportunity to size up how they looked compared with the rest of the region.

Eagle Valley had a large group of individuals and relays place and took second for the girls and third for the boys. The Huskies brought a split squad to Delta as they sent most of their boys and some of their girls to the Horizon Relays.

In the sprints, Eagle Valley saw Shaylynn Nielson take third in the 100 meters (13.68 seconds) and Sierra Pickslay-Zamora take fourth in the 200 (29.04). Battle Mountain’s Jen Thul was fifth in the 400 (1:08.24).

The Huskies’ Anouk Guillermo had a solid day in the distance events, taking second in the 3,200 (13:34.55) and eighth in the 1,600 (6:19.24).

With 300-meter hurdles state champion Ashley Rohweder out, Eagle Valley’s Katie Brandes stepped up, taking second at 53.38, and finishing third in the 100 hurdles (18.64).

In the 400-meter relay, Eagle Valley’s team of Courtnee Best, Pickslay-Zamora, Ashley Wiemer and Nielson took second, while the Huskies’ 1,600 team of Kenia Olivas, Casey Pylman, Ellie Cahill and Thul placed second.

The Devils saw their female jumpers fly, with Sasha Pickslay-Zamora third in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), Brandes fourth in the long jump (14-5) one spot ahead of Nielson (14-4). Sasha Pickslay-Zamora was seventh in the triple jump (28-5).

Eagle Valley had a trio of throwers place in the shot put, with Jamie Bair leading the way in third (31-7). Jackie Eberhard was sixth (28-8), with Kacey Bair right behind her (27-8). Eberhard was sixth in the discus (88-5).

“The coaches really liked what we saw with these athletes and are looking for many of them to move up in the varsity scoring ranks and making an impact at that level,” Kleisinger said. “It will be exciting to see where these kids are at the end of the season.”

Kleisinger, who sported a picture of the Battle Mountain track flanked by a six-foot snowdrift on her clipboard, got some sympathy from other coaches on the difficulty of getting things rolling early in season.

“They said, ‘Oh my God, we don’t have anything to complain about,'” Kleisinger said.

Cross country season may have ended several months ago, but Eagle Valley’s distance runners haven’t lost much of their stride.

Jamie Fahrmeyer won the 1,600, coming in at 4:40.08, while teammate Andrew Hill was one spot back, at 4:53.36.

Hill’s wasn’t done, though. In the 3,200, he edged out Cedaredge’s Wesley Bollinger by 0.03 seconds to win the race. Fahrmeyer was third in the 800 (2:09.77), with teammate Joe Trujillo less one second back in fifth. Uv Trujillo was eighth in the 400.

The Devils’ Eric Kline took second in the 110 hurdles (18.06) while soccer goalie-gone hurdler Trevor Grayson was fourth (18.31). Kline was equally impressive in the 300 event, picking up another eight points for his team with a second-place finish (44.96).

Eagle Valley’s 1,600 relay team of Fahrmeyer, the Trujillo’s and Michael Warfield was second (3:41.44), while the 400 (John Crawford, Pavel Pavlov, Harrison Neal, Joe Trujilo) and 800 (Crawford, the Trujillo’s and Neal) relay teams were eighth and fifth, respectively.

Battle Mountain’s 3,200 team of Raphael Joly, Tommy Crisofulli, Josh Mendoza and David Shearon was fifth.

Transferring his basketball jumping skills to the field, Eagle Valley’s Scott House went 5-8 in the high jump, tying for fourth, with teammate Jalen Aquino eighth (5-4). House showed he can jump horizontally, too, going 36-2 in the triple jump for fourth.

Devils’ Zach Thrall picked up 13 points in throws, taking second in the discus (122-8) and third in the shot put (40-7).

While both schools head on spring break, they will still be in action Saturday, as the Devils are at Hotchkiss and Huskies travel to the Mickey Dunn Invite in Grand Junction.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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