Eagle Valley boys take Moffat meet | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley boys take Moffat meet

Ian Cropp
Special to the Daily/David Pressgrove Eagle Valley's John Gabriel easily clears 5 feet, 10 inches during the high jump competition at the track meet Friday in Craig. Gabriel finished first with a jump of 6 feet.

MOFFAT – Field takes a back seat in the name track in field. But it doesn’t take a back seat for the Eagle Valley team.As the end of Friday’s Moffat Invitational meet approached, Eagle Valley, Battle Mountain and Moffat were within a few points of one another. But then the Devils’ field results came in, propelling them to yet another first place.”The field put us over,” said Eagle Valley coach Ashley Weaver.John Gabriel and Mike Smith tallied up the points in the jumping events, while Jacob Rivera, despite being sick, did the same in the throwing events.Gabriel won the high jump by clearing 6 feet, while Smith took second with 6 feet, also. Smith earned a silver in the long jump (20-8), and Gabriel came in fourth (19-5 1/4), but the two switched positions in the triple jump, with Gabriel flying 42-4 1/4 and Smith soaring 39.Like he’s done in just about every meet, Rivera won the discus (151) and took second in shot put (47-2).

Oh, and Battle Mountain’s field helped it finish in third overall.Zach Steinbach won the shot put (48-7) and took fourth in the discus (134-3).”Zach was the hero of the day,” said Battle Mountain coach Rob Parish. “The way he’s been throwing has enabled our team to be competitive.”And the three Eagle Valley girls’ throwers all placed in both events. Amy Thompson won the discus (109-7) and finished sixth in the shot put (31-9). Kayla Phillips was third in the shot put (33-0) and eighth in the discus (103-5 3/4). Sarah Schlegel was fourth in the shot put (32-10) and sixth in the discus (104).SprintingSean Matheson ran well in the 100-meter sprint (third, 11.81) as expected but gave Battle Mountain’s Connor Drumm a run for his money in the 400.

“It was great to see that battle between Connor and Sean,” Parish said. “It was two such fantastic competitors going head to head.”Drumm won (51.21) with Matheson in second (51.83) and Eagle Valley’s Kyle Simonett (53.02) in third.So will the three medal again?”One of Sean’s friends asked if he’d run it again, and he just smiled,” Weaver said.Parish was impressed with Drumm’s ability to run with the same intensity in consecutive events.”Connor ran a 2:01 split in the 3,200 relay, then a 50-second split in the 1,600 relay,” Parish said.The Huskies’ 1,600 relay team of Drumm, Ryan Hedrick, Derek Byron and Tony Christfoli finished second (3:33.58), while the same group minus Byron and plus Johnny Stevens had the same finish in the 3,200 relay. Eagle Valley took sixth and third in those two events, respectively.

Hedrick took bronze in the 200 (23.55), one spot ahead of teammate Aaron Wilcox (23.71). Byron was fourth in the 800 (2:10.36), with teammate Christfoli in fifth (2:10.61).Eagle Valley’s Jake Brock had another sub-five-minute mile to take third (4:54.45), as did Battle Mountain’s T.J. Simpson (4:54.46). The Devils’ Jamie Farmeyer had a personal best 5:00.39 in the mile to take seventh.Stevens won the 3,200 with a 10:14.12 that included a 5:00 split in his second mile. Brock wasn’t far behind in third (10:33.68), and Simpson also had a great showing in fifth (10:50.51).”What was most impressive was that we scored points in every single running event,” Parish said.Eagle Valley’s 400 relay team of Simonett, Brady Grayson (who ran all four relays), Smith and Matheson took third, while the same group minus Smith and plus Gabriel had a season-best time in the 800 relay to finish second, one place ahead of Battle Mountain.Moving on up

The Battle Mountain girls took fifth at Moffat, with Leslie Peterson winning the 400 (1:01.24).”This was the first day we’ve seen her in true form,” Parish said.Peterson ran a leg of the 800 relay that came in third. Megan Brooks, Kate Epstein and Heidi Sorenson also ran the relay.Brooks had a productive day, as well, placing third in the 100 meters (13.82). “Megan had a breakout performance. This is the first time in a while that she’s run track,” Parish said.Max VanDyke came in fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.47) and sixth in the 300 hurdles (52.08). Michelle Hiland shaved half a minute off her personal best to take fourth in the 3,200 (12:51.73), while Hiland, McKenzie Stevens, Marit Johnson and Jamie Lee Roberts combined for fourth in the 3,200 relay.Eagle Valley sent most of its girls to Montrose on Friday, where they finished fifth.

“The day belonged to Rachel Sandoval,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll.Sandoval was second in the triple jump (30-3 1/2) and fifth in the long jump (15-2), setting a personal record by a foot.Shaylynn Nielson, Hattie Higgins, Sandoval and Ashely Rohweder finished third in the 400 relay (53.65). Rohweder also bronzed in the 300 hurdles after not competing in the event for more than a month and a half and also took fifth in the 100.The 1,600 relay team of Kenzie Secrist, Sasha Pickslay-Zamora, Miranda Hicks and Angela Phillips was fourth. Pickslay-Zamora also was fourth in the high jump.In the 200, Nielson was third (27.55), four spots ahead of teammate Sierra Pickslay-Zamora (28.00).Both teams will be at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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