Devils track smashes the field in Aspen

Chris Freud
Daily file photo Eagle Valley's Sean Matheson, right, picked up four gold medals at Saturday's meet in Aspen. Both Devils' teams routed the competition.

There were no official team results after Eagle Valley’s track meet at Aspen Saturday. But, it’s pretty safe to say that both Devils’ teams won.

One can make that assumption because Eagle Valley racked up 20 gold medals on the day – 11 for the girls and nine for the boys.

“I think it’s a boost for us having a recovery meet,” Devils coach Jeff Schroll said. “We start tapering this week in practice for regionals. The fact that we have been successful all season long – the boys have won half of their meets and the girls have been in the top-five in every meet – is a good sign. The guys have a great shot at winning regionals. The girls, the way they’ve been scoring, can upset the apple cart. It’s going to be a dogfight between Eagle Valley, Hotchkiss and Gunnison.”

There was no dogfight Saturday. This was a full-blown rout for the Devils.

Sean Matheson had quadruple gold, starting with wins in the 100 meters (10.85 seconds) and the 200 (22.26). Junior Brad Gamble had a light day. Schroll rested his stud in the 300 hurdles and a relay, but Gamble still won gold in the 110 Hurdles (14.85) and the long jump (20 feet, 1.5 inches).

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Jake Brock played the role of iron man, winning both the mile (5 minutes, 17 seconds) and the two mile (11:09).

The boys’ relay teams were also in fine form. The 800 quartet of Tyler Pack, Russell Allen, Alex Gamble and Matheson won in 1:34.54. Aaron Christando, Pack, Allen and Matheson took gold in the 400. In the mile, it was Christando, Kyle Simonett, Clayton Griffith and Pack bringing home the bacon.

The girls’ team certainly held up its end of the bargain. Heather Mann had the first of four golds by leaping for a personal-best 5 feet in the high jump. Rachel Sandoval flew 30-4 in the triple jump for a win.

In the throwing department, Sarah Schlegel struck gold in the discus, going 94 feet. Kayla Phillips made it a sweep, taking the shot put with a 30-6.

On the oval, the Lady Devils continued their success. Freshman Hattie Higgins won the 200 in 28.26. Bryonny Hiland captured the 300 hurdles (50.38), while Mann won the 400 in 1:04.86.

Relays? No problem. Ellie Comerford, Katie Wick, Rachel Sandoval and Mann teamed up for a medley win (1:58.34). In the mile, it was gold for Kenzie Shreeve, Comerford, Miranda Hicks and Mann.

In the 400, it was first place for Chelsea Craig, Wick, Comerford and Higgins in 54.93. It was the same story in the 800 as the squad of Chelsea Craig, Jessica Stiles, Wick, Comerford and Higgins crossed the line first. Jessica Medsker, Wick, Stiles and Shreeve topped the field in the 3200.

Scroll also was pleased with the hurdling quartet of Craig, Briana Lamson, Hiland and Stiles who did a fine job picking up points.

Speaking of points, the Devils will try to pick up their first regional points Tuesday at Battle Mountain at the regional pole-vault qualifier. The rest of the regional meet is at Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.

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