Devils track has strong weekend
The Devils were in Palisade, Denver and Meeker last weekend and they have the hardware to show for it.
At the Palisade Invite, Kim Smith punched her ticket to the state meet in both the 800 and 1,600 meters. The defending 3A state champ in the 800, Smith won her race with a time of 2 minutes, 22.92 seconds. It should be noted that Smith won that aforementioned state title with a 2:22.
In the mile, she clocked a 5:21:20, a personal best, which also was good for a school record, held previously by her older sister, Kelly.
Smith also anchored the girls medley. Shelby Vernell, Katie Wick, Laura Sandoval and Smith won the race with a time of 1:55.83, just one second off the school record. More importantly, the quartet qualified for state with that effort.
Wes Griffith just missed joining the medley team. His time of 52.29 in the 400 was good for fifth place, but just one second short of a state time. The boys 400 relay team had a good outing taking fifth. Michael Ray, Kyle Higgins, Griffith and Jay Miller put up a 46.10.
That was all part of a good day for Miller, who also was fourth in the 110 hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles.
Rounding out the team’s exploits in Palisade, Laura Sandoval took fourth in the long jump, while freshman Brad Gamble took eighth in in his first outing in the 110 hurdles.
Meanwhile, his older brother Chris was down at Mullen High School regional all-star meet. Gamble, the defending 3A 110 and 300 hurdles champ, was sixth in the 110 and fourth in the 300 against the best hurdlers in the region.
The rest of the Devils were in Meeker, where some of the team’s younger athletes got a chance to shine. There, Jessica Stiles finished third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.79, while Kenzie Shreeve reached 4 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Freshman Jessica Medsker turned heads with a 2:47 in the 800.
“It was a good opportunity for us to split up the kids and get some younger athletes running in more events,” Devils coach Jeff Schroll said. “It gave a chance for us to see some freshman and sophomores and we’ve got a lot of talent coming up.”
Eagle Valley track and field is next in action at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.