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Devils in place, on pace Saturday

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” What the track giveth, it taketh away.

For each fraction of a second or inch that went in Eagle Valley’s favor Saturday at regionals, there was a fraction and inch on the other end.

Eagle Valley saw a pair of girls qualify for state, along with a relay team, while several athletes had great performances, but came in fourth, one spot shy of a trip to Denver next weekend.

“It was OK,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll. “It wasn’t quite as good as it could have been, but we had some good performances today.”

The Devils, some of whom were taped up like mummies, saw the girls place fourth overall, two points behind Delta and 11 behind second-place Moffat County.

“If you start counting where we were injured, we’d be right in the hunt for second,” Shroll said. “It was still a good showing.”

After the boys had a great showing in the longest of relays on Friday, the girls took over in the shortest relay Saturday. The 400 relay squad of Shaylynn Nielson, Emily Kingston, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder took second at 50.52 seconds, just .09 seconds behind Glenwood and nearly a second ahead of third-place Montezuma-Cortez.

“They had a great race today,” Shroll said.

Kingston had a solid solo effort in the open 100, taking fifth at 13.65.

With Rohweder sitting out the 300 hurdles, Angela Phillips picked up some key points in the 100 hurdles, and in the process, earned the opportunity to run the race again next week. Phillips, who qualified third in the event, took second in the finals at 17.40.

“She has been getting better and better and better,” Shroll said of Phillips, who has scored in several field events this season.

Pickslay-Zamora entered Saturday’s open 200 final as the No. 6 seed, and the junior delivered when it counted most, taking third at 27.19.

“That was a great race,” Shroll said. “We had to wrap her hip flexor and quad area really tight for the last three or four weeks. But she did a great job there and ran a great leg of the four-by-four relay.”

The 1,600 relay team of Sierra and Sasha Pickslay-Zamora, Nichole Harvey and Emily Kingston took sixth at 4:25.29. In the 800 relay, the team of Cynthia Lujan, Christina Smith, Emily Prichard and Katie Brandes took sixth; the 3,200 relay team was fifth at 11:44.85.

While the good karma may have come for the girls in the 100 hurdles, open 200 and 400 relay, it was absent in the medley relay.

“They ran it really well and took four seconds off their time, but they came up fourth,” Shroll said.

Harvey, Nielson, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Kingston came in at a quick 1:56.00, with Kingston running a sub-62 quarter-mile to close it out.

In the discus, Jackie Eberhard was sitting in third place with a big throw of 100 feet, 3 inches, but got bumped into fourth on the last throw.

“The girls did a really good job today,” Shroll said. “We have a lot of young girls and some injuries. I’m proud of them. They all stepped up and competed.”

Much like Eberhard, Zak Thrall was sitting pretty in a throwing event ” third in the shot put at 45-7 ” until Josh White of Montrose threw 45-8 1/2 to bump Thrall to fourth. Pollo Almanza was eighth (41-2 1/2).

“Zak had a couple good throws, but just got pushed out,” Shroll said.

The 1,600 relay team of Jamie Fahrmeyer, Uv Trujillo, Griffin Turnipseed and Andrew Hill had one of its best races of the year, coming in at 3:32.47, the fastest time in the heat, and just a shade more than a half-second out of third place.

“It was a real treat to watch them,” Shroll said. “We were bummed the team wasn’t in the fast heat ” we would have been right in the hunt.”

Hill, who ran a 53-second split in the 1,600 relay, showed no trace of fatigue heading into the race, despite coming off an eight-place finish in the 3,200 (10:32.33).

“He had a personal best by 20 seconds,” Shroll said.

In the hurdles, Eric Kline grabbed fourth in the 300 (43.63) and sixth in the 110 (17.40).

Chris Brubeck tied for seventh in the high jump at 5-6 and had the same finish in the triple jump (38-5 1/4).

“We had great numbers this year ” more than 50 guys came out,” Shroll said. “That is far and away our biggest team.”

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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