Devils open track and field season at Montrose
MONTROSE – Eagle Valley track and field coach Jeff Shroll may not be happy with the weather, but he’s quite pleased with how his team is performing.In Saturday’s dual meet against Montrose, the girls came out on top, 81-70, while the boys fell short, 100.5-78.5.”I didn’t have a full team, as some are in the high school play and some are still doing club volleyball things, but we had a good showing,” Shroll said.And those who competed at the meet haven’t been able to get in a ton of practice because of the weather conditions.Still, many Devils were in good form, posting mid-season times and distances.Ashley Rohweder led the girls in track events, winning the 100 meters (13.27 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (53.76).Freshman Shaylynn Nielsen had a great meet as well, taking first in the 200 (28.05) and third in the 100 (13.60), while fellow freshman Sierra Picksley took fourth in the 200 (29.00).The 400 relay team of Rohweder, Nielsen, Patty Higgins and Picksley finished in 53.76.”I was pleased with my sprinters,” Shroll said.On the guys side, Sean Matheson won the 100 with a 11.31.”That’s great. Last year at this time, he was running 11.8s,” Shroll said.Matheson also won the 200 (23.54) with Kyle Simonett taking second (23.98) in his first 200 race. Simonett also ran well in the 400 (55.81).Shroll was surprised with the performance of the boys’ 400 relay team of Matheson, Jacob Rivera, John Gabriel and Michael Smith that he threw together and finished in 46.78. Rivera, who is a thrower, ran his first 400 relay.”I may keep him around. He’s got some pretty good speed,” Shroll said.In the mile, Jake Brock took second (4:58) and Ben Rogers (5:13) finished right behind him. An hour and a half later, Brock used some good splits to run a 10:56 two-mile race.The fieldIt was more of an intrasquad competition among the Devils in throwing events.Rivera threw 42 feet, 8 inches in the shot put and 139-5, 5.5 in the discus, both good for first.The girls took every place available in throwing events, with Sarah Schlegel winning the shot put (30-1.75) and Amy Thompson taking second (29-4.5).In the discus, the two girls swapped spots. Thompson threw for 98-2.5, while Schlegel went for 89-9.5.”This was their first throw-off of the season to go up against each other,” Shroll said.Smith cleaned up in the jumping events, taking first in the long jump with a best-ever 21-4.5, as well as first in the triple jump (41) and high jump (6-2).Gabriel was right behind Smith in the triple jump (40-2) and high jump (5-10).On the girls’ side, Shasa Picksley soared 4-8 in the high jump and Rohweder went 31 in the long jump.Shroll was happy with the performance of his underclassman.”We have a lot of young kids who will be good contenders,” Shroll said.Despite only having half as many girls as Montrose, Eagle Valley still won, and the Devils’s boys kept things close without some top runners.”I was missing one of my top point scorers in Wes Minett, who would have closed the gap,” Shroll said.Next Saturday, the Devils will bring a skeleton squad to Hotchkiss.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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