Devils shine at Hotchkiss meet
HOTCHKISS – It’s Eagle Valley’s spring break. The track and field team was not at full strength. Coach Jeff Shroll only had one-third of his girls’ team at Saturday’s Hotchkiss Invitational.No problem.The Devils’ boys shellacked the competition with 160 points, well ahead of Paonia in second place with 72 points.”I just wanted to get some kids out in some warm weather,” Shroll said. “I didn’t know we were going to go out there and do that. We scored in every boys’ event we went into.”Wes Minett certainly did his part. He won all four events he entered. Minett sizzled with a school-record 10.77-second performance in the 100 meters, beating out teammate Sean Matheson. Minett, Matheson, Tim Peters and Mike Smith teamed up for a win in the 400 relay in 44.05.Minett flew 20 feet, 7.75 inches in the long jump for another gold, and then won the 200 in 22.80. For his effort, Minett returned home with the Ben Eastman Memorial Award for the best male athlete at the event.While Minett was doing his best Brad Gamble imitation, Smith and John Gabriel took Gamble out of the record book. The duo leapt 6-6 in the high jump, surpassing Gamble’s 6-4 school mark.The boys’ 3,200 relay of Matt Barker, Brady Grayson, Brenden Wright and Jake Brock won in 8 minutes, 57.68. The 800 team of Kyle Simonette, Peters, Gabriel and Matheson also earned the top spot on the podium.Gabriel wasn’t done. He won the triple jump, skipping 42-6, followed by Smith (39-6.5)Jake Brock was second in both the open 1,600 and 3,200. Simonette, Matheson and Smith also picked up silver in the 400, 200 and long jump, respectively.Ladies fourthThe Eagle Valley girls, with only a third of its squad, still was an impressive fourth out of 17 teams. Bryonny Hilland led things with a win in the 100 hurdles, while Sasha Picksley was golden in the high jump.Freshman Sierra Picksley was second in the 200 (20.71) and seventh in the 100 (13.56). Jessie Rice and Sasha Picksley punched in at seventh in the 200 and 800, respectively. Picksley, Rice, Kayle Vancampen and Hilland picked up fifth in the 1,600 relay. Kayla Phillips and Amy Thompson gobbled up points in the discus. Thompson, Kacey Bair and Phillips went 3-5-8 in the discus.The Devils have the week off before hosting the Eagle Valley Invite April 8, at which time they should be, shudder, at full strength.Vail, Colorado
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