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Eagle Valley’s Doan, Blairs shine on Day 1

School records fall

Joslin Blair works her way to a bronze medal during the state 3,200-meter race on Thursday in Lakewood. She also won a silver as part of the 4-by-8 relay.
Jim Harding | Special to the Daily

As the sun set on Day 1 of the state track meet, Eagle Valley’s boys sit atop the points. How cool is that?

Powered by pole vault and long jump, Eagle Valley has 21 points to Silver Creek’s 19. Oh, yeah, the Devils ladies are doing pretty well, too.

Joslin Blair finished third in the open 3,200 and Eagle Valley (Samantha Blair, Avery Doan, Jewel Scrivens and Joslin Blair) took second in the 4-by-8 relay.

Those are Joslin Blair’s fourth and fifth state medals. That is Samantha Blair’s first state medal, perhaps the first of a few. (We’re just saying.)

And, it is senior Avery Doan’s first state medal.

Way to go, Avery

There will be plenty of time for the Blairs throughout this state meet and future events. Doan wrapped her running career on the podium with a silver medal and it is really deserved.

She has been the bedrock for Eagle Valley girls running, be it fall or spring. There have been bad breaks, like her cross-country regional race junior year, when she did not qualify for state, or finishing 19th in the state rankings in the open 3,200 meters this spring.

Through it all, Doan has kept at it and she medaled at state on Thursday with the 3,200 relay. The Blairs, Jewel Scrivens, and Doan set a school record with a time of 9 minutes, 27.80 seconds.

“She has been a rock for eight seasons in cross-country and track,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “To see her getting her name on the record board is great, and that’s going to be a hard record to take off the board. Sitting next to her dad during that race was fun.”

Dad, of course, is Greg, who is an avid running fan and also the principal of Eagle Valley. He was pumped.

So was Avery. Eagle Valley was 18th in this race last year, so this was quite a jump.

“It’s super amazing,” Doan said. “I’ve got to see this team evolve over four years on the 4-by-8. We knew from the beginning of the season that we could do something special. To go to such a high level as a team. I was jumping up and down and was giddy.”

Doan and Joslin Blair added that Scrivens’ contribution was key to everything falling into place.

The Blair report

Joslin Blair started the state meet by shattering her own record in the open 3,200 with a time of 11:00.09. That was good for third and a bronze medal. She was third last year in the 3,200 and fifth in the 800, in addition to winning the gold in the 1,600.

Blair turned around and helped the Eagle Valley 4-by-8 to silver on Thursday. Samantha Blair had an opening split of 2:15 in that race, while Joslin logged a 2:17, 80 minutes after running the two-mile.

“It was tough for sure, but my training prepared me for it,” Joslin said. “I was feeling tired, but not terrible.”

These would be some pertinent times as both will be competing in the open 800 today. With a full night’s rest and the staggered schedule of a three-day meet, those numbers should fall. Samantha Blair also takes on the preliminaries of the 300-meter hurdles.

Vaulters hit podium

Eagle Valley picked up a slew of points in the pole vault as the gents settled their spring-long battle for the school record.

Holden Daniels, Ethan Daubs and Oliver White were all deadlocked at 14 feet, 6 inches for most of the year, until Daniels recently went 14-9. On Friday, Daniels became the first Devils vaulter to go higher than 15 feet at 15-3, good for second at the state meet.

Daubs finished fourth and White finished tied for eighth.

“Think about going 15 feet in the air and flinging yourself off the pole,” Shroll said. “Holden just came in so confident today.”

In the long jump, senior Miguel Castillo finished fourth with a leap of 25-5.5.