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Eagle Valley runs strong at Rifle Invite

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
SPT FILE track invite 3 KA 04-06-09

RIFLE, Colorado ” The most impressive thing about the Eagle Valley track isn’t just its ability to run fast.

The Devils can score points in nearly every event. From the 3,200 meter run to the shot put, teams can never count Eagle Valley out.

After sweeping the Battle Mountain Invitational last Tuesday, the Devils claimed second in the boys’ standings at the Rifle Invite on Saturday behind Glenwood Springs with 83 points. The Eagle Valley girls took fourth with 45.5 points.

On the boys’ side, the Devils ran strongly in the distance events. Mario Gonzalez captured the 3,200 crown by cruising to victory in a time of 10 minutes, 22.99 seconds. Gonzalez beat his next closest competitor by nearly 20 seconds.

In the 800, Eagle Valley’s Joe Trujillo raced to first in 2:02.94.

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The Devils sprinted to another first-place finish in the 4-by-800. Eagle Valley topped Battle Mountain in the race with a time of 8:25.18. Andrew Hill, Joe Trujillo, Uvaldo Trujillo and Gonzalez ran in the event.

Ryan McClintock had a pair of high finishes for Eagle Valley. McClintock took second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 8 inches. In the 200, McClintock finished in third place after running a time of 24.04.

Austin Woodsworth added a third-place finish for the Devils in the pole vault after clearing 11-6.

In the girls’ events, Eagle Valley was led by Kacey Bair in the field events. The senior took second in the discus and third in the shot put. In the discus, Bair finished second after a toss of 117-0.

Sierra Pickslay also notched a second-place finish for the Devils. Pickslay crossed the finish line in 1:01.44 in the 400.

In the relays, Eagle Valley took second place in the 4-by-800 in a time of 11:05.46. Crystal Montano, Kelly Cassidy, Jacey Sissel and Whitney VanVoorst competed in the event for the Devils.

Eagle Valley’s Shaylynn Nielsen, Emily Kingston, Elizabeth Schwagert and Pickslay claimed third in the 800 medley after running a time of 2:00.88.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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