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Devils trucking along, all around

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

RIFLE ” Each meet, the Eagle Valley track and field team gives coach Jeff Shroll a different surprise.

Friday night in Rifle, the Devils didn’t disappoint.

“The day belonged to the distance kids and hurdlers,” Shroll said. “What was good about this meet was it was contagious for us ” we had so many kids in distance races who had personal bests.”

The boys placed fourth, and won the battle of the Eagle County 3,200-meter relay teams.

In a wall-to-wall fight with Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley’s squad of Andrew Hill, Joe Trujillo, Griffin Turnipseed and Jamie Fahrmeyer came in less than a half-second ahead to take first in a season-best time of 8 minutes, 26.09 seconds, eclipsing their next-best time by more than 20 seconds.

“It was just us and Battle Mountain the whole race,” Shroll said. “Granted, they didn’t run their big dogs, but it was nice.”

After running a 1:59 split in final leg of the 3,200 relay, Fahrmeyer took second in the open 1,600, at 4:45.54.

“He’s an animal right now,” Shroll said of the versatile Fahrmeyer, who ran, and scored in the 100 and 200 two weeks ago. “He’s my fastest sprinter up to two miles. His work ethic is helping to pull along the younger guys.”

In the open 3,200 Andrew Hill took second at 10:45.52, with Eduardo Campos in sixth at 11:39.26, his season-best time.

The distance points kept coming for the boys, who took second in the 1,600 relay. Fahrmeyer, Turnipseed, Uv Trujillo and Mike Orfield came in at 3.41.30.

“We are about six or seven guys deep in that relay and can trim time off that,” Shroll said.

Both the 400 and 800 relay teams had season-best times, and took eighth and seventh, respectively.

Joe Trujillo, who along with his brother Uv, run just about any relay or open event, was seventh in the 800 at 2:09, while Harrison Neal was eighth in the 200 at 24.44

Both Ethan Smith and Trevor Grayson went sub-44 seconds in the 300 hurdles for the first time this season, to take fifth (43.63) and sixth (43.95), respectively. In the 110 hurdles, Eric Kline (17.24) and Grayson (17.57), were sixth and seventh, respectively.

Under the lights, freshman pole vaulter Austin Woodworth and Matt Kottenstette tied for sixth at 8 feet, 6 inches, and gave Shroll a glimpse of what’s to come in the years ahead.

Zak Thrall launched the shot put a career-best 45-2 1⁄2, good for third, while Pollo Almanza was fifth in the discus at 127-10. Scott House continues to improve in the high jump, tying for second at 6 feet even. In the triple jump, Chris Brubeck was seventh at 37-3; Brubeck also scored in the high jump, coming in eighth at 5-8.

“Overall, I was pleased with our distance guys ” Jamie and Andrew ” and Zak had a great throw,” Shroll said. “We changed up some relays and dropped time off, too. We’re still fishing around to see what the best combinations will be.”

The Eagle Valley girls took second Friday night behind Glenwood Springs, thanks to the usual top performances, and an extra boost from the distance kids.

In the 400 relay, the Eagle Valley team of Emily Kingston, Shaylynn Nielson, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder came in second at 51.04. Kingston proved to be fast without a baton in her hand, taking sixth in the open 100 at 13.61.

Rohweder picked up a win ” no shock there ” but it wasn’t in the 300 hurdles, the even in which she’s the defending 4A State Champion, but the 200. With a time of 26.72 , Rohweder edged out Glenwood Springs’ Meg Waibel for her first 200 win this season. Rohweder, who already prequalified for the 300 hurdles, did not run in the event Friday.

“She had a good week last week, so I had her run two 400 legs (in relays) and that will hopefully maker her strong in the 300 hurdles,” Shroll said.

The medley relay, with Rohweder anchoring the team of Ashley Weimer, Nielson and Pickslay-Zamora, took second at 1:57.87. Angela Phillips and Katie Brandes took over the point-scoring duties in hurdles, placing third (18.57) and fifth (18.68), respectively in the 100 event.

Not to let the boys have all the distance glory, the girls scored in the 3,200 relay and open events. The relay team of Nicole Harvey, Molly Walker, Megan McQueeney and Shanna Zoch were fifth at 11:55.88, while on the individual end Zoch and McQueeney took seventh (14:11.59) and eighth (14.23.79), respectively.

“We haven’t had girls place in the two mile in a long time,” Shroll said. “That was a personal best for both girls.”

Phillips, Molly Lennan, Sasha Pickslay-Zamora and Rohweder teamed up to take sixth in the 1,600 relay. In the field, Phillips won the pole vault, clearing 7 feet on week after clearing a personal-best 8-6, and took sixth in the long jump at 13-11 1/4.

Sasha Pickslay-Zamora was second in the high jump at 4-10, with Kingston in fifth at 4-8.

As expected, the throwers delivered, with Jamie Bair leading the way in discus at 93-11, good for third. Jackie Eberhard, who was fifth in the discus at 92-4, took fourth in the shot put at 30-9. Kacey Bair was fifth in the shot put at 30-3, with sister Jamie one place and a half-inch behind.

“This meet gives us a target for what we know we have to get,” Shroll said. “Both the boys and girls aren’t totally sure where they fit in. The girls are starting to shape out ” they’re trailing Glenwood, but I think we can stay in front of everyone else.”

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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