Eagle Valley boys lead after first day
GRAND JUNCTION – Jake Rivera set the tone for the Devils boys track team Friday at regionals with one throw.The junior launched his discus a personal-best 153 feet, 4 inches to pick up the win and give his team 10 points.”That was a huge upset,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “We always knew he could throw like that, but it was amazing to see it.”Behind Rivera’s Herculean toss, the Devils boys staked an early lead, heading into today’s finals with 36 total points.Minett and teammate Sean Matheson qualified for both the 100 and 200 finals, with Matheson setting a school record in the 200 prelims with a 22.89. “When I saw the time, I said, ‘Wow, that’s fast.” Shroll said. “That’s the fastest he’s ever run that. He finally broke the 23-second barrier.”Matheson’s 100 time was 11.45. Minett ran an 11.84.Jake Brock also picked up two points for the Devils boys in the 3,200 run with a 10:30, good enough for seventh place.Upvalley rival Battle Mountain and Montezuma Cortez were right behind with 35 points apiece, followed by Rifle with 28.Senior Brad Gamble gave his team eight points by finishing second in the long jump final with a leap of 21-10.75. Wes Minett was seventh with a jump of 20-5.Gamble also qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 110-meter and 300 hurdles. He finished in 14.36 seconds in the 110, followed by a 47.7 in the 300.
The Eagle Valley girls also had a productive day Friday, tallying 48.5 team points to trail Moffat County by two.Steamboat Springs was a ways back in third with 29 points.Senior Kenzie Shreeve put her team on the scoreboard with a second-place finish in high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet.Freshman Sasha Picksley cleared 4-10 to finish fourth.Shreeve also added points in the 800, finishing seventh with a 2:28. Teammate Jessica Medsker was five seconds in front of Shreeve, finishing in fourth with a 2:23.In the triple jump, the trio of Ashley Rohweder, Beckah Stough and Rachel Sandoval combined for a 4-5-8 finish, respectively.Rohweder jumped 30-7, followed by Stough with a 30-5.5. Sandoval was just shy of 30 feet with her jump of 29-6.The Lady Devils throwers also shined in shot put. Diana Baca punched her ticket to state by surpassing the state-qualifying mark with a throw of 34-11.25. Baca finished fourth overall.Kayla Phillips just missed the state-qualifying mark, finishing seventh with a 34-6.5.Sarah Schlegel finished eighth with a 31-10.75.
Rohweder and Stough both qualified the 100 final as well. Rohweder ran a 13.23 in her prelim, while Stough finished with a 13.95. Rohweder also qualified for the 300 hurdles final.The final Lady Devils qualifier for a Saturday final was Heather Mann in the 400.”We’re sitting pretty,” Shroll said Friday night. “We’ve got our work cut out for us tomorrow, but I’m pleased with how we performed today. It’s a good start.”Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.Vail, Colorado
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