Discus and danger as Battle Mountain preps for regionals
The same cannot be said of Juju Salazar’s car.
The senior football player’s wheels were parked Wednesday at the edge of the discus throwing area and was on the receiving end of a long toss from Josh Henry.
The throwers will be leading the way Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Henry will be looking to repeat as regional champion is the discus.
“Josh is throwing well. He had a hard time in Moffat County. He threw 140-something, which is good throw. They had a couple of guys there who could throw 160 and it kind of threw us off a little bit,” Throwing coach Pat Phelan said. “Josh can certainly throw that far, but when you try to outthrow someone, it just doesn’t happen because it’s all technique in the ring.”
Henry, who also throws the shot put, has plenty of teammates joining him in Grand Junction. In the discus, Seth Kissinger and Clay and Cody Stackpole should be a factor. Meanwhile, Emily Bradshaw, Jenna Gilbert and Kristin Kelly have all broken the 100-foot mark in the discus.
Out of the three, Kelly’s progress has been the most remarkable, according to Phelan.
“The most amazing story is Kristin Kelly. She threw 71 and she couldn’t get anything going at the beginning of the season. She was frustrated. I just couldn’t figure it out,” Phelan said. “Finally, we just changed her entire technique, got her facing the ring and used a technique called the South African. It’s a training technique and we made a throwing technique and now she’s throwing 110.”
Others to keep and eye on include Sacha Frey, who missed the school record in the triple jump at last month’s Battle Mountain Invitational. Natalie Spohrer will be representing the Huskies in girls’ triple jump. While Amelia Van Dyke will be going in the high jump, Chris Jackson, Doug Mason, Grant Stevenson and Pat Meehan will be trying to break the nine-minute mark in the 3200 relay. Also look for Rob Finlay in the 1600 and 3200 and Mason in both hurdles events.
Maddie McCaulley, Maggie Sheahan and Stephanie Rice will all be competing in the 800, the 1600 and the 3200.
“It’s getting down to the nitty-gritty,” Huskies track coach Lance Pratt said. “I told them if there’s ever a time to put up a (personal record), this is it.”
Saints ready for 2A field
The Vail Christian track and field team is coming off a good performance at their league meet and should be in the mix of things at the 2A Western Slope regionals.
Dan Ferguson could well do some damage in the 100. He’s clocked a time of 11.22 seconds at the Battle Mountain Invitational. Ferguson will join Will Guffey, Kyle Morris and Robbie Brgoch in the 400 relay, which has recorded the fourth best time this season in all of Class 2A.
John McGee picked up league titles in the mile and two-mile and hopes to duplicate that feet this weekend. On the girls side, Rachel Glandorf finished second in both the 800 and 1600. Kim Graef is looking sharp in the discus and could surprise the field.
“A number of them have some high expectations as far as getting to state,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “I think they’re realistic so hopefully they’ll do well.”