Eagle Valley holding on to third at state
DENVER — As the dust settled on Day 2 of the 4A state stack and field meet, a familiar name was still on the leaderboard.
Eagle Valley is tied for third on both the boys’ and girls’ side. While it’s going to be hard to hold that position as the Devils have only four races today, it is tremendous statement about a group of student-athletes, who are competing with the biggest and best that 4A has to offer.
Speaking of statements, the Eagle Valley medley finished second with a time of 1 minute, 47.15 seconds, a new school record. Not only did the Devils drop that time from the 1:48-range, but they did it with a change in the lineup of their team.
Typically, Roxy Trotter does the 400, but she was coming off the her open 800 — more on that later. So Devils coach Jeff Shroll moved Trotter from the 400 to the 200 and replaced her with Carly Volkmer.
“Roxy ran a 26(-second) split which is fantastic for a girl who’s an 800 kid,” Shroll said. “Carly dropped her split to 65 (seconds). That’s just unbelievable. And Kenzie (Sisson) and Megan (Asmussen) are so steady with the exchanges.”
It took Harrison setting a new state-meet record of 1:45.38 to knock Eagle Valley off the top step of the podium in the medley.
Dominic Patterson crushed his 800 with a 1:55.06 to finish fourth in the state in the 800. During this recap of Patterson, Trotter and Battle Mountain’s Val Constien, it’s important to remember how stacked the 800 is in Colorado. Valor Christian’s Zac Petrie won the race in 1:52.66. (That’s a stunning time at altitude.)
“My conversation with him was, ‘You belong here,’” Shroll said. “The way he kicked it in during the last 150 (meters) and picked off two or three guys along the way, he’s special. He’s an elite 800 runner, and those are hard to come by.”
Friday had a very emotional feel to it because the end of the season is near, and Eagle County’s publics will be graduating some special seniors.
Trotter is one of those, and Devils senior finished up her 800 career in seventh. She ran a 2:16.16.
“I think it was bittersweet for me to watch her have success in the last three weeks,” Shroll said. “She has just one more 4-by-4 and she’s off to bigger and better things. When we talked before, I was thinking of all the repeat 400s and the cold and windy days when we’ve practiced and she’s competed, and we’re where it’s all coming to a head.”
The good news for Eagle Valley is that Riley Rowles isn’t going anywhere. He’s a junior and finished third in the long jump, going 21 feet, 3 inches. The sound you just heard from Gypsum was football coach John Ramunno getting his double-wing ready.
“He works hard and is strong as an ox,” Shroll said.
In other relays, the 800 girls’ team of Sisson, Asmussen, Lauren Thorpe and Volkmer took seventh. The girls’ mile relay punched its ticket into the final in fourth place. That’s Volkmer, Trotter, Charise Crabb and Thorpe. The boys’ mile relay is also in today’s finals after a strong performance from Cristian Aguilar, Luis Chavez, Patterson and Gino Giovagnoli.
Asmussen gets the call today in the 100 as does Volkmer in the 400.
Huskies: Constien ready for finale
The question is better phrased, “What has Battle Mountain’s Val Constien not done?”
For some reason, she has not played offensive tackle for the football team. That’s about it.
When the Huskies senior lines up for the open mile and the mile relay, she will be competing in her 15th and 16th state events of her career.
Constien ran No. 14 on Friday on the state meet, taking ninth in the 800. Aside from qualifying for the maximum 16 state track events in four years, Constien has been all-state in Nordic during the winter and in cross-country during the fall.
“She’s set every record she’s touched,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said.
Other highlights for Battle Mountain on Day 2 at state track included having three qualifiers in the 300 hurdles — Isabelle Calabrese, Sofia Calabrese and Lilly McMurrain.
Isabelle Calabrese finished ninth and is in today’s finals. The mile relay of the Calabreses, Constien and Katie Matarese also made the finals.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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