Eagle Valley girls track and field in lead at WSL meet
GRAND JUNCTION — The battle has been joined at the 4A Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction.
After Day Two on Friday, Eagle Valley has the edge over Battle Mountain on the girls’ side, 40-35. Among the gents, Palisade leads Eagle Valley, 34-25 with the Huskies in fourth (22).
The approach for both Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley this weekend is completely different than just about every other meet. Fast times or long distances are nice, but slotting athletes in events for maximum points is the name of the game.
That calculus is altered with a different scoring system for the spliced Slope — the league is simply the Devils, Huskies, Palisade, Glenwood Springs and Summit County. Only the top-five individuals and top-four relay teams score, as opposed to top eight at most meets.
That said, the strategy is unfolding for both the Devils and the Huskies. Eagle Valley’s girls swept the top three in Friday’s long jump and Thursday’s pole vault. The Huskies countered going 1-2-3 in the ladies’ mile.
Secret to the meet
Battle Mountain hopes it can pick up points today with a similar performance in the 3,200 meters, 400 and 800. But how much can Huskies gain in the 400 and 800? This is the chess behind the meet.
Devils coach Jeff Shroll has rearranged his relays, but won’t disclose how. His Battle Mountain counterpart, Rob Parrish, is notorious for running athletes in different events for the exact same reason.
However, the secret to the meet may be a not-so secret weapon — Eagle Valley’s Charise Crabb. The Devils junior is a dominant force in the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Battle Mountain doesn’t have answer in those two events. Crabb did her part during Friday’s preliminaries, qualifying for finals in both events today. The same goes for Tristan Book, of Eagle Valley, in the 100 and 300.
In other news and notes:
• Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain track and field have finally found the sun, and there was much rejoicing. Distance times are higher, but the heat helps in the throwing and jumping.
• Speaking of throwing and jumping, Eagle Valley’s Cassie Jaramillo won the shot put, while Shelbi Lubbers won the high jump. The Devils also swept the pole vault with Trever LaFramboise and Morgan Kromer.
• Battle Mountain won both 3,200 relays. The talker, tough, was the boys finish with James Moran pulling away in the final leg.
• The Huskies’ Max Christenberry is the league champ in the discus. His throw of 151 feet, eight inches was a personal best and not far off from Josh Henry’s school record of 153-11.
Team results (through 5 events)
1. Palisade, 34; 2. Eagle Valley, 25; 3. Glenwood Springs, 23; 4. Battle Mountain, 22; 5. Summit
1,600 — 4. Jack Neifert, Eagle Valley, 4:46.35; 5. Nathaniel Badger, Battle Mountain, 4:46.35.
3,200 relay — 1. Battle Mountain, 8:14.42; 3. Eagle Valley, 8:22,76.
Long jump — 4. Luis Mendoza, Battle Mountain, 19-8.5.
Discus — 1. Max Christenberry, Battle Mountain, 151-8; 5. Jackson Stricker, Eagle Valley, 116-1.
Pole vault — 1. Trever LaFramboise, Eagle Valley, 12-6; 2. Joseph White, Eagle Valley, 12-6 (attempts); 3. Ethan Daubs, Eagle Valley, 12-6 (attempts); 4. Emmanuel Escobar, Battle Mountain, 12; 5. Nick Apps, Battle Mountain, 11.
Team results (through 6 events)
1. Eagle Valley, 40; 2. Battle Mountain, 35; 3. Palisade, 23; 3. Glenwood, 15; 5. Summit County, 12.
1,600 — 1. Naomi Harding, Battle Mountain, 5:21.76; 2. Lizzy Harding, Battle Mountain, 5:23.12; 3. Elizabeth Constien, 5:23.22, Battle Mountain; 4. Taylor Hermosillo, Eagle Valley, 5:25.17; 5. Joslin Blair, Eagle Valley, 5:25.90.
3,200 relay — 1. Battle Mountain, 10:16.66; 3. Eagle Valley, 10:41.28.
High jump — 1. Shelbi Lubbers, Eagle Valley, 5-3; T3. Joslin Blair, Eagle Valley, and Morgan Kromer, Eagle Valley, 4-7; 5. Gabby Gully, Battle Mountain, 4-5.
Triple jump — 4. Sabrina Suter, Battle Mountain, 31-2.5.
Shot put — 1. Cassie Jaramillo, Eagle Valley, 37-1.75; 4. Lily Demuth, Battle Mountain, 28-2.5.
Pole vault — 1. Morgan Kromer, Eagle Valley, 9; T3. Lilly Demuth, Battle Mountain and Shelbi Lubbers, Eagle Valley, 7-6; 5. Mackenzie Osbourne, 7-6 (attempts).
3,200 relay — 4. Vail Christian, 9:21.74.
Long jump — 7. E.J. Koller, Vail Christian, 17-11.25.
Pole vault — 4. Blake Layman, Vail Christian, 7-6.