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Eagle Valley finishes strong at Slope Meet

Ian Smith
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Vail, CO Colorado
Charles Broshous | Special to the DailyEagle Valley's Andrew Hill and Battle Mountain's Eric Spry race in the 3,200 meter run at the Western Slope Meet on Friday.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley track team stayed consistent in its last meet of the season.

The Devils scored in both the track and field events to take second place at the 4A Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction. Eagle Valley finished with a combined (boys and girls) 248 points. Glenwood Springs took the crown with 323 points.

“This was a totally different format (today),” Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll said. “We seem to be racing against the computer instead of other teams. Our kids have stepped up.

“We were raining in points from all over.”

Mario Gonzalez, Ryan McClintock, Jamie Bair and Kacey Bair captured individual titles for the Devils. The boys 4-by-800 also won a crown.

Impressive performances by the Bair sisters sparked the Eagle Valley girls team. The duo split the titles in the discus and shot put. Jamie won the shot put with a toss of 34-feet, 1.50-inches, good enough to qualify her for next weekend’s state meet.

Kacey, already a state qualifier in the discus, won the event with a toss of 116-7.

“The two Bair sisters had a great weekend,” Shroll said. “It’s definitely deserved. They are very capable of getting on the podium next week.”

Sierra Pickslay didn’t win a title, but she did claim two state meet berths. Pickslay took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.61 seconds ” a school record. The senior’s third-place finish in the 200 (26.36) was also good enough to make state.

“She had a great weekend,” Shroll said. “She’s an amazing athlete.”

In the 4-by-100, the Devils raced to second place in 51.50. The team of Shaylynn Nielsen, Angela Phillips, Pickslay and Emily Kingston will make the trip to Denver next weekend.

Phillips also turned in a pair of strong performances for Eagle Valley. The senior claimed second in 100 hurdles (16.50) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.97).

“She did a great job,” Shroll said. “Those are her best times of the season.”

The Devils 4-by-800 team of Nicole Harvey, Whitney VanVoorst, Rachel Burnett and Kelly Cassidy finished second with a time of 10:47.68.

On the boys’ side, McClintock led the way for the Devils with a title in the long jump. McClintock will make the trip to state after leaping 21-5.75.

“He’s got great speed down the runway,” Shroll said. “He has good hops.”

Gonzalez continued his strong season in the 1,600 and 3,200. In the 1,600, Gonzalez won with a time of 4:39.54. He took second in the 3,200 (10:14.65).

“Mario had a great mile today,” Shroll said. “He ran a fantastic mile.”

Joe Trujillo ran a school record in the 800 to punch his ticket to state. Trujillo finished in third with a time of 2:00.01.

In the 4-by-800, the Devils’ Griffin Turnipseed, Trujillo, Andrew Hill and Gonzalez set another school record with a time of 8:14.39. Eagle Valley will run in the event at state.

The 4-by-400 team will also run at state. Matt Kottenstette, Trujillo, Harrison Neal and Turnipseed ran to a time of 3:30 for third-place finish at regionals.

Pollo Almanza turned in a second-place finish for the Devils in the discus with a toss of 130-7.

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