Eagle Valley girls second at Hotchkiss invite; boys third
HOTCHKISS – The Eagle Valley track program is off to a fast start. The girls team finished second Saturday at the Hotchkiss Invitational behind 5A Fruita Monument. The boys finished third behind Fruita Monument and 4A Western Slope rival Rifle.The Fruita Monument girls won with 133 points, followed by Eagle Valley with 81. The Devils boys finished with 80 points, 52 behind Fruita Monument and 30 behind the Bears.Devils coach Jeff Schroll said he was pleased with the results from the first official track meet of the season.”We’re definitely not firing on all cylinders yet, but it’s still early in the season,” he said. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at. We’ve got some athletes who are still working through some injuries, but once we get all healthy and get going, I think we’re going to be pretty tough.”The top-individual performance for the Devils boys came from Brad Gamble. The senior set two meet records with wins in the 110-meter and 300 hurdles.Gamble ran the 110 in 14.90 seconds and the 300 in 39.74. He also finished second in long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 10 3/4 inches.He helped his team to more points in the 400-meter relay. The relay team of Gamble, junior Sean Matheson, junior Wes Minett and sophomore Maurice Mitchell took first in 44.52.”They’re looking pretty good,” Schroll said. “Next meet I’ll have Alex (Gamble) in there for Maurice. We’re just trying some different things out.”Jake Brock also took second in the 3200 with his time of 10:52.36 and Matheson finished fourth in the open 100-meter dash in 11.49. Matheson didn’t score any points in the 200 because a nagging leg injury forced him to pull up.”He’s just getting some kinks worked out right now,” Schroll said. “It’s been hard with the cold weather to get in shape.” For the girls, senior Heather Mann was the top-individual points scorer for her team.She won the open 400 in 1:02.52 and cleared 5 feet in the high jump to take second. She also was a member of the first-place 1600 relay team that finished in 4:29.21. Seniors Kenzie Shreeve and Jessica Stiles and sophomore Bryonny Hiland were the three other legs.Hiland, who ran the anchor 400 leg in the 1600, also took second in the 300 hurdles in 49.96 and was third in the 100 hurdles in 17.68.Freshmen Ashley Rohweder was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 50.43. “I’ve got a slew of great hurdlers that are coming along really good,” Schroll said. “I’ve got freshmen and sophomores scoring a lot of points which I think shows the depth with our girls this year. It’s going to help us immensely.”Shreeve, Mann, Stiles and senior Jessica Medsker also took third in the 3200 relay in 11:05.61.The Devils are off for spring break this week. The team resumes competition next Saturday when it hosts its own invitational.Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.