Eagle Valley track off to a good start
Vail, CO Colorado
DELTA, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley track team showed its depth at the Delta Invitational last weekend.
The Devils took third in the girls’ standings and fourth in the boys’ behind a number of strong performances.
“It was a good meet for us,” Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll said
Eagle Valley’s Kelly Cassidy put the Devils on the scoreboard with four points in the 3,200-meter run. Cassidy took fourth in a time of 13 minutes, 20.52 seconds. In the 100 meter hurdles, Angela Phillips ran to a second-place finish in 17.58.
Phillips had another high finish in the 300 hurdles. The senior took third in 52.30. Teammate Kendra Clements was right behind in fourth.
Only a freshman, Clements impressed Shroll.
“The fact she could place there is fantastic,” Shroll said. “You don’t see freshman placing like that.”
The Devils’ relay teams also did well. In the 400 relay, Eagle Valley finished in second in 53.08. Phillips, Emily Kingston, Shaylynn Nielsen and Sierra Pickslay ran for the Devils.
Eagle Valley added to its performance 4-by-100 with fourth-place finishes in the 4-by-400 and the 800 relay. In the 400 relay, Nikki Harvey, Haley Monica, Gall and Clements crossed the finish line in 4:38.95. Jacey Sissel, Cassidy, Shanna Zoch and Harvey made up the Devils’ 4-by-800 team that had a time of 11:26.00.
The team of Elizabeth Schwagert, Harvey, Kassi Gall and Pickslay took sixth in the 4-by-200.
The Devils also did well in the field events. Angela Phillips took sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 29 feet, 11.75 inches. In the shot put, Kacey Bair and Jamie Bair claimed second and third, respectively.
Kacey Bair also had a second-place finish in the discus with a throw of 102-02.
“We had a good effort from our throwers as usual,” Shroll said
The Eagle Valley boys team flashed its skills at Delta, as well. In the 400 meter dash, Harrison Neal claimed fifth for the Devils in 54.01. Teammate A.J. Rhoades finished in sixth.
In the 800 meters, Eagle Valley’s Joe Trujillo took second in 2:08.22. Mario Gonzalez added another point for the Devils in the 1600 meter run with an eight-place finish.
The strong results kept coming for Eagle Valley in the hurdles. Eric Kline finished in sixth place in a time of 17.76 for Eagle Valley in the 110 hurdles. In the 300 hurdles, Matt Kottenstette took eighth.
Just like the girls, the Eagle Valley boys also did well in the relays. In the 4-by-400, the team of Uvaldo Trujillo, Joe Trujillo, Rhoades and Neal finished fourth with a time of 3:38.46. In the 800 relay, Eagle Valley claimed second in 8:46.42. Gonzalez, Wade Fowler, Andrew Hill and Joe Trujillo ran in the event for the Devils.
The field events also netted points for Eagle Valley. Jalen Aquino took eighth place in the high jump for the Devils. Chris Brubeck won the triple jump with a distance of 41-02.50.
Zak Thrall added nine points for Eagle Valley with a fourth-place finish in the shot put and a fifth in the discus.
Eagle Valley is at the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.