Eagle Valley track bringing 17 to state meet
GYPSUM — Of course, Jeff Shroll will coach Eagle Valley as it takes 17 athletes down to the state meet, which starts at Jeffco Stadium on Thursday.
But then there are the “other” coaches.
“My seniors, they all know my program,” Shroll said. “They’ve gotten this far and had this much success, I make them honorary coaches. They have more influence over the team than the coaches. They know what it’s like. They’ve earned it by working so dang hard.”
So grab a whistle, Taylor and Noah Hermosillo, John White and Trever LaFramboise.
Holy pole vaulters, Batman
The first thing one notices with a glance at the Devils’ state roster is that Eagle Valley has four pole vaulters at state — LaFramboise, Holden Daniels, Ethan Daubs and Joe White.
With a contingent like that, there’s the potential for points.
“I think all four boys could be on the podium,” Shroll said. “Coach (Jerry) Phillips has done amazing things with all four of them. I’ve seen them all go over 13 feet in practices. I think pole vaulters invented, ‘Go big or go home.’”
Go big, fellas.
Harrison Trotter, perhaps the best name ever for a hurdler, is in the blocks for both the 110-meter and 300 hurdles. Eagle Valley’s also got a 3,200 relay team in Noah Hermosillo, John Long, Aiden Branch and Luke Jeffers.
Old and new
Eagle Valley’s girls’ delegation will have a wide mix of experience. Taylor Hermosillo is the veteran for both relay teams at state. She’s on the 3,200 with Avery Doan, Maddie Schenk and Joslin Blair. She joins Jewel Scrivens, Blair and Kakai Cavalero in the mile.
Blair is also running in the 800, making it three state events for the freshman. Shelbi Lubbers is in high jump, while Cassie Jaramillo is doubling in the shot and the discus.
One unfortunate note for the Devils going into state is the absence of hurdler Charisse Crabb. Qualified in both the 100 and 300, Crabb got hurt last week and is a scratch from state. The school record holder in both events, Crabb will continue her hurdling career at Western State Colorado University next year.
Despite that tough news, the Devils are ready to go for state.
“It’s the one track meet of the year we don’t have to worry about times,” Shroll said. “It’s about placing, the way track was meant to be. The kids are ready. It’s nice when you get to this level. All the hard work, all the shin splints, all the hard work all comes to this, and here we are.”
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