Devils sweep at Joe Shields Invitational |

Devils sweep at Joe Shields Invitational

Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado

KREMMLING – It was just nasty at the Joe Shields Invitational. The weather was miserable and the Eagle Valley track and field team just made life miserable for the competition, sweeping to a pair of wins Saturday. The boys won with 127 1/2 points, and the girls racked up an astonishing 155.”I think we’re headed in the right direction. We got the opportunity to see two more 4A schools that we hadn’t seen before in Palisade and Steamboat,” coach Jeff Shroll said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next three weeks without our full team (because of spring break), but there’s lot of kids close (to prequalifying for state).”Mike Smith has his ticket to Denver already in the high jump after Saturday’s leap of 6 feet, 5 inches. He also managed win the long jump and the open 200 meters. The last item is not a typo.”Mike can run, too,” Shroll joked somewhat.Smith rounded out a 38-point day with second in the 400 relay with Pavel Pavlov, Matt Barker and Mike Medsker. Colt Nelson struck gold in the 3,200, while Kyle Simonett topped the field in the 400.Ethan Smith, Simonett, Brendan Wright and Griffin Turnipseed capped the day with a win in the mile relay.The Devils started nicely with third in the 3,200 relay with Andrew Hill, Barker, Turnipseed and Mikey Warfield. Wright and Eric Kline went fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 110 hurdles. Medsker was second in the 200 and third in the 100.Jamie Fahrmeyer was second in the 1,600 and the 800. He had company in the points with Hill fourth in the mile and third in the 800. Turnipseed finished fifth in the 400, while Bryan Matthews went 37-2 in the triple jump, good for fourth. Pollo Almanza grabbed silver in the discus with a throw of 125 feet.The 800 relay of Pavel Pavlov, Simonett, Jake Lammert, and Medsker took second, and Zach Thrall was fourth in the shot put.

When you finish 1-2-3-5 in just the 100, you know you’re going to have a good day.Ashely Rohweder, Shaylynn Nelson, Emily Kingston and Michelle Parmenter went like that in the 100 and the Lady Devils were on their way to a rout.Amy Thompson won the shot put, followed by Kasey (third) and Jamie Bair (sixth). The 400 relay was golden in the form of Kingston, Hattie Higgins, Nelson and Rohweder. Rohweder also won the 300 hurdles with Bryonny Hiland in sixth.The points just kept coming in the discus – Thompson was second; Jackie Eberhard third and Kasey Bair sixth. Parmenter, Nelson, Sasha Pickslay-Zamora and Courtney Best teamed for fifth in the 800 relay. Pickslay-Zamora wasn’t done there. She took fifth in the high jump and was fifth in the mile relay with Karolina Zolniersczyk, Best and Parmenter.In the 3,200 relay, Molly Walker, Ann Carlin, Megan McQueeney and Alaina Sheehy punched in for sixth. The medley of Kingston, Parmenter, Higgins, and Sierra Pickslay-Zamora was third. Higgins nabbed bronze in the 400. Hiland flew to fifth in the pole vault, and Sheehy was fifth in the 3,200.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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