Eagle Valley relays finish state track in style
DENVER — On Friday in the state preliminaries, Eagle Valley’s boys 1,600-meter relay qualified in 3 minutes, 25 seconds, a new school record. On Saturday in the state finals, the guys lowered that to 3:21.32.
If Cristian Aguilar, Luis Chavez, Dominic Patterson and Gino Giovagnoli gather today at Hot Stuff Stadium in Gypsum, can they put together a 3:17?
“I think I got all I can get out of them,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll joked.
And that is the perfection summation for not only both Devils 1,600 relay teams, which finished the 4A state meet with school records, but Eagle Valley track in general.
Eagle Valley’s boys finished in sixth with 34 points, while its ladies were seventh with 42.
“For a small 4A school to compete like this, the only thing I can say is that its been and honor and a privilege to coach these kids. They’re amazing both personally and athletically. To see them on the podium with the Niwots and the Valor Christians and the Thompson Valleys is to see these kids perform at an elite level.”
Normally, Shroll addresses his 1,600 relay teams separately before their races. Saturday, both the boys and girls were in the same huddle.
“I told them, ‘Whatever your (time) split is, it’s not your split. I want you, after the race to ask about the split you gave your team,’” Shroll said. “They all ran the best splits of their life. That’s how teamwork happens.”
And thus, the boys’ 1,600 came around in 3:21.32. The girls team of Carly Volkmer, Roxy Trotter, Charise Crabb and Lauren Thorpe finished in 3:57.53. The ladies have brought that time down 8 seconds during the past two weeks. Shroll was proud to note that he has the best 4-by-4 teams in Western Colorado, not that he was comparing times with other classes or anything. (If you haven’t been to the state meet, it’s the hobby of every coach there.)
In the open 400, Volkmer keeps on charging. She finished fourth in 57.47 seconds. The earth spins on its axis and she sets a new school record.
“I don‘t know what to do with her,” Shroll joked. “Every time, she breaks her record. I keep saying it. It’s amazing. If the wind ain’t blowing, it’s a school record.”
The good news is that Volkmer’s back for another year. Last week, the 4A Slope track coaches voted her the Athlete of the Year.
Megan Asmussen clocked a time of 12.95 seconds in the 100, capturing ninth place. That caps a career that had pretty much everything in it athletically. In the fall, she’s on the volleyball court. In the winter, she’s still on the court and calls it basketball. She’s gotten a little fresh air in the spring with track in individual sprints and relays.
“She is truly one of the most amazing athletes I’ve seen,” Shroll said. “She is a fast, pure sprinter. She’s left her mark on this school, for sure.”
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