Devils, Saints track shine in West Grand
The drumbeat just goes on for Eagle Valley track and field.
The boys team, ranked No. 1 in the state, had another big performance in Tuesday’s rescheduled Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand. And, the Lady Devils followed suit.
Unofficially, the Devils’ boys finished first, while the girls took second.
The boys relay teams were in fine form. The Devils 400-meter team of Wes Minett, Brad Gamble, Russell Allen and Sean Matheson took first in 43.6 seconds. That time prequalified the foursome for state. The quartet logged a time of 1 minute, 32.06 seconds in the 800, also good for first.
Sean Matheson continued to impress, winning the 100 and taking second in the 200.
And oh, yeah, there’s this Gamble kid. Brad punched his ticket to state in both the 110 (15.4) and 300 hurdles (41.2). Gamble has already taken the school record from his brother Chris in the 110. Is the 300 next?
“I’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll get it,” Devils coach Jeff Schroll joked.
Sophomore Jacob Rivera took second in the discus with a chuck of 128 feet.
On the girls’ side, Kenzie Shreeve won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet. She’s just 1/2 of an inch from qualifying for state. Heather Mann joined her in the winner’s circle with a first in the 400.
Freshman Hatti Higgins sped her way to third place in the 100 with a time of 14.8. Rachel Sandoval took fourth in the triple jump, flying 29 feet, 11 inches. In the 800, Katie Wick and Kenzie Shreeve finished second and third, respectively.
Kayla Phillips was third in the discus and right behind her in fourth was Sarah Schlegel. Chelsea Craig finished third in the pole vault.
Eagle Valley will be sending its pole vaulters, long distance runners and its junior varsity team to today’s Battle Mountain Triangular at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the varsity Devils head to Rifle, while the JV is at the Phelan/Alexander Invitational in Eagle-Vail.
Saints set school records
School records and personal bests went flying out the door Tuesday at the Joe Shields Invitational for the 2A Vail Christian track and field team.
John McGee started the parade with a third-place finish in the 800. His time of 2:14.80 was a personal and school record. Andreas Bauer won the shot put. The big guy went for 38 feet, 3 inches, the best of his career. In fifth place in the shot was teammate Jonathan Armstead (36-2 3/4).
The boys mile relay team of McGee, Kyle Cureau, Kyle Morris and Andreas finished fifth in 4:12.22. And, yes, that’s a school record.
Cureau also finished sixth in the 3200.
On the girls’ side, we know that Leslie Peterson is good in the 100, the 200 and the 400. So, Saints coach Bob Isbell decided to let the sophomore takes a spin at the 800.
Good move, Coach.
Peterson won the 800 in 2:33.67.
“It was kind of fun,” Isbell said. “She had a 50-yard lead after 200 meters. She took it to the field.”
Also taking it to the field was the girls mile team of Molly McGee, Rachel Glandorf, Katie Russ and Peterson. They finished first with a 4:20.59. Glandorf also took second in the open mile.
In the 400, McGee finished second with a personal best of 1:04.24. Katie Russ was right behind her in third in 1:07.56 and Brittany Wright took fifth (1:07.89)
The girls 400 relay team of Russ, McGee, Karlie and Leslie Peterson were fourth, clocking in at 56.92.
Vail Christian hosts the Second annual Phelan/Alexander Invitational Saturday. Field events begin at 9 a.m., followed by the running events at 10 a.m.