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Eagle Valley does the double at home meet

Eagle Valley's Gino Giovagnoli, left, sets the pace for the Devils at the Eagle Valley Invite at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course on Saturday. Giovagnoli finished with a time of 17 minutes, 12 seconds, nabbing second place individually and helping the Eagle Valley boys win the meet.
Charles Townsend | Special to the Daily |

Eagle Valley Invite

Boys

2. Gino Giovagnoli, 17:12

6. Michael Niemeyer, 18:07

10. Brandon Sheard, 18:20

15. Matt Jordan, 19:00

18. Riley Mehan, 19:09

21. Harry Trotter, 19:21

24. Vladimir Carbajal, 19:33

Girls

4. Carly Volkmer, 20:53

8. Shawna Adams, 21:23

10. Desi Mendoza, 21:47

14. Michaela Mitchell, 22:15

21. Tyler Beckum, 23:21

24. Victoria Schwaiger, 23:45

25. Taylor Hermosillo, 23:47

GYPSUM — Eagle Valley cross-country may have logged the earliest Senior Day in high school sports history on Saturday.

It wasn’t the only thing the team picked up at their home meet. The Devils swept the competition at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course.

“We had a great day,” Devils coach Melinda Brandt said. “We’re really excited to pull of the double win.”

From 400 to 5,000

Carly Volkmer is best known for running the 400 meters during the spring, where she’s a state-placer and the school record holder (repeatedly) at that distance.

This season has been her first go at 5K racing, which would be 12.5 400s.

No problem.

“It’s definitely longer,” Brandt joked. “She’s adapting, and it gets easier for her every time. She just puts out her best effort every week, so it’s fun to coach her.”

Volkmer, Shawna Adams and Desi Mendoza all cracked the top 10. Mendoza’s finished with a noteworthy kick.

“She just outworked a girl into the finish,” Brandt said.

Not only does a top-10 finish sound cooler than, say, top 11, but, at the Eagle Valley Invite, those who finish in the top 10 get a black tie-dyed T-shirt, which Mendoza gets to wear around school like a boss.

Frosh power

Meet Harry Trotter. That last name should be kind of familiar to Eagle Valley running fans. Yes, he’s Roxy’s younger brother.

He showed that he’s a pretty good runner in his own right as the boys’ team’s No. 6 runner in his varsity debut.

“We have a great group of freshmen guys,” Brandt said. “(Freshman) Aiden Branch was our No. 5 guy last week, and, this week, Harry was No. 6. It’s great to mix in some freshmen with our experienced runners.”

And it bodes well not only for this season, but the future of this growing program.

Comparing times

Though still a newcomer to the scene as an event, the Eagle Valley Invitational has been the same course for the last few years. The runners started at the tennis courts and then went south toward hole Nos. 4, 3. 2, then back to 18 and 1. After a loop around the driving range, the course finishes via hole Nos. 7, 8 and 9.

Not only did that give spectators multiple looks at the competition, it allows the Devils to compare times on this course from previous years.

The results were good.

“Out of my nine guys who returned from last year, eight ran faster times,” Brandt said. “It’s great to see that drop, all the hard work during the summer paying off.”

Since this is the only home appearance of the year for Eagle Valley’s harriers, Saturday was also Senior Day. The team honored Gino Giovagnoli, Volkmer, Tyler Beckum, Riley Mehan and Vladimir Carbajal.

Beckum also picked up the Hoss Award for the ladies, while freshman Jack Neifert got it for the boys.

Eagle Valley’s next stop is at Glenwood Springs on Friday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.


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