Eagle Valley tames Tiger Invitational; ready for state
GRAND JUNCTION — Look out — these guys are officially really fast.
Eagle Valley’s Luis Chavez, Gino Giovagnoli, Nathan Maddox and Dominic Patterson are the 3,200-meter relay team to beat at the 4A state meet. These four conquered the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction, and the 4-by-8 in 7 minutes, 59.77 seconds. This crew was already No. 1 in the state and that time will make some noise as coaches and athletes check their computers this week.
For the sake of perspective, Battle Mountain’s two-mile team at state in 2008 won in 7:52. That crew didn’t break 8 minutes until the state meet and the Devils are there two weeks before the big show.
“That’s amazing to see,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “I’ve looked at teams with times like that and said, ‘I want one of those.’”
And now you do, Coach.
This was just part of a really great day for Eagle Valley track and field in its final tuneup for next week’s regional meet and last chance to qualify for state. The Eagle Valley girls won a stacked meet behind only 5A Pomona and Fruita. The boys were third, no mean feat.
For the record, the Eagle Valley boys aren’t the only one with a 3,200 team. Roxy Trotter, Nikki Cunning, Desi Mendoza and Victoria Schwaiger were No. 19, the worst spot in the rankings, coming into the Tiger. They blew past their old mark by 21 seconds and are safely in state with a 9:51.44. That’s only 1 second off the school record.
Speaking of school records, freshman Charise Crabb took over the 100-meter hurdles spot with a time of 16.01 seconds.
“It’s really cool,” Crabb said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. I was just trying to stick with the girls next to me.”
That works. Carly Volkmer also rewrote her 400 record with 57.87 in preliminaries. She ended up winning that event as well.
Patterson continues to lower his school record. In the past few weeks, his time in the 800 has dropped from two-minutes flat, to 1:58 and 1:54.77 on Saturday.
Trotter won the 800 in 2:19. The girls 800 of Lauren Thorpe, Megan Asmussen, Kenzie Sisson and Volkmer reached the top step of the podium in 1:46.38.
In the triple jump, Michelle Carbajal solidified her state standing with a leap of 36 feet, 3.5 inches. Riley Rowles did the same, going 42-10. Rowles also broke 22 feet in the long jump.
Eagle Valley will be back in Grand Junction for the regional meet on Friday and Saturday.
“We’re tapering hard,” Shroll said. “We’re backing off, and really focusing on the finer things to make sure we can do our best. If you’re not in shape now, it’s not going to happen. We want to take care of everybody’s injuries, and be super-focused on the task at hand.”
Huskies prep at St. Vrain Invite
Battle Mountain track and field got ready for regionals with solid performances at the St. Vrain Invitational in Longmont.
Sofia Calabrese was second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 2.5 inches. The girls 3,200 team of Val Constien, Christina Shearon, Melissa Delgado and Isabelle Calabrese was third in 9 minutes, 58 seconds. The mile relay of the Calabreses, Constien and Katie Matarese clocked a 4:04, good for fifth.
Jessica Cuomo continues to flirt with the school record (114 feet) in the discus with a chuck of 111. Isabelle Calabrese flew to fourth in the pole vault (10-3). Sofia and Isabelle Calabrese went eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 300 hurdles.
For the boys, the 3,200 relay had a personal record by 27 seconds with an 8:27, good for seventh. That’s Ricardo Arreola, Josh Braun, Alexis Aguirre and Daniel Ortiz. The guys’ mile of Irving Rodriguez, Ortiz, Demetrius Parrish and Sandy Simonton clocked a 3:35.
“There’s always a fine balance between resting and staying sharp,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said of next week’s regionals. “We’ll walk that line. We’ll work more on the mind than the body this week.”
Saints set records at West Grand
Time to redo the board for Vail Christian track and field.
Cole Caynoski set the new 400 mark for the Saints at Saturday’s Joe Shields Invitational. His 51.23 seconds wipes Kyle Morris (2004) off the board. Branden Currey is the new discus record holder, going 123 feet, 4 inches. That breaks Caleb Pearson’s 2006 record. And Celia Smith went 5-2 in the high jump, erasing herself from the record book.
Taylor Alexander won the 100 (13.36) and took third in the 200 (28.15). She was also part of the medley with Remy Beveridge, Kristen Currey and Bella McCormick. That crew finished second in 2:00.16. Smith won the pole vault at 10-6.
On the boys’ side, Cooper Daniels won the pole vault at 12 feet with Nick Boyne in third at 11-6. Ethan Pence gets the “tough guy” award for winning the 3,200, finishing second in the mile and was part of the third-place 1,600 relay team with Caynoski, Cooper Daniels and Boyne.
In the 800 relay, it was Boyne, Cooper Daniels, Mason Daniels and Caynoski finishing second. Substitute Branden Currey for Caynoski in the 400 relay and that was fifth place for Vail Christian.
Mason Daniels was fourth in the open 400, and Caynoski fifth in the 100.
Huskies lax doesn’t play, wins
Battle Mountain boys lacrosse didn’t play a game on Saturday, but still won a share of its first Mountain Conference title.
Nice work, fellas.
Aspen beat Steamboat Springs, 16-13, on Saturday afternoon, and that leaves the Huskies, Skiers and Sailors all tied in a heap atop the Mountain Conference with 8-1 records. Coaches and athletic directors were scurrying around trying to figure out the tiebreaker, more for seeding purpose. According to a text from Huskies coach Jerry Nichols, the order ended with Battle Mountain first, Aspen second and Steamboat third. This is Battle Mountain’s first league crown.
More importantly, CHSAA issues the bracket on Monday.
VMS soccer ends with win
If you’re going to go out to the brink of Utah, you might as well win the game.
VMS girls soccer, downed Rangely, 3-0, on Thursday to cap 2014.
Kelly Maloney, Avery Bellis and Kristen Vossler scored for the Gore Rangers who finished just outside the playoff chase with a 3A Slope record of 5-4. Basalt was the last team in at 5-3-1.
Haley Samuels had two assists against the Panthers.
Devils lacrosse wins finale
Tough season, good ending.
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse ended the season on a high note with a 12-4 win at Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Not only did Johnny Bailey ring up seven goals, but he set a new single-season scoring record for the Devils with 32 in 2014. The previous mark was 30 by both Sam Boyd and Nick Briggs.
Jared Salaz had two, and Quinn McCord and Noah Ejnes also found the net.
“It’s a great end to the season with a win,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “It gets the guys pumped up for summer and working hard for tournament season.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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