Even on break, shorthanded Devils sweep meet
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HOTCHKISS, Colorado ” The plan for Eagle Valley track and field on Saturday wasn’t so much to win.
“I had quite a few kids who hadn’t been able to run before, and there were several kids coming back from injury,” Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll said. “There were some kids who were excited to come out and do track for the first time. Everyone was pretty positive, and that was just the attitude for the entire day.”
Even without some top guns on both teams, the Devils won the boys and girls meet at the Hotchkiss Invitational. The Eagle Valley girls edged host Hotchkiss, 106-103.5, while the Eagle Valley boys scored 122 points, 27 more than second-place Cedaredge.
“The boys pretty much dominated,” Shroll said.
In a field of more than 15 teams, Eagle Valley was the only 4A school, although there were solid 3A teams.
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The Devils picked up points in just about every event and had multiple placers in several instances.
All three 110-meter hurdlers scored on the boys side, with Eric Kline leading the way in second at 18.40 seconds. James Jagger, in the slowest heat of the meet, was third at 18.71.
“That’s tough to do from that heat,” Shroll said of Jagger.
Ethan Smith was fifth at 19.00.
In the 300 hurdles, Smith was fifth at 46.57 and Kline was sixth at 46.75.
For the second meet in a row, Jamie Fahrmeyer won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 51.21 seconds).
“There was a pretty good headwind when they ran,” Shroll said.
Fahrmeyer grabbed another 10 points for the Devils in the 800, coming in at 2:07.91. Joe Trujilo was third in the 800 at 2:10.57.
The 400-meter relay team of Joe, Uv Trujilo, Harrison Neal and Pavel Pavlov took second at 46.99, and the same group was third in the 800 relay at 1:38.88.
“If they had good handoffs, they would have won both,” Shroll said. “They still ran good, and the Trujilo’s are new to relays and Harrison is new to track.”
In the 1,600 relay, the Trujilo’s teamed up with Smith and Mike Warfield to take third at 3:46.84.
When it came to the throwing events, the boys cleaned up, with Pollo Almanza taking first in the discus at 118 feet, 11 inches. Pavlov was right behind at 118 feet, 1 inch, a personal best.
“Not bad for a little guy,” Shroll said of Pavlov.
Zach Thrall, who was fourth in the discus at 116, won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 43 feet, 4 inches. Almanza was second at 41 feet, 1 inch.
In the triple jump, Roberto Pantoja was sixth, and Warfield was seventh.
“What I try to tell the guys is to fight for every seventh and eighth,” Shroll said. “It all helps.”
With only 14 girls, Eagle Valley still made its presence near
The 400 relay team of Emily Kingston, Shaylynn Nielson, Angela Phillips and Ashley Rohweder were first at 52.46. In the 800 relay, the newly-formed team of Katie Brandes, Rachel Harvey, Christina Smith and Cynthia Lujan took fourth.
“I’m really proud of them,” Shroll said.
Phillips and Brandes picked up points in the 100 hurdles, taking third (18.47) and sixth (19.43), respectively.
Rohweder, back in action for the first time since picking up her state title in the 300 hurdles last spring, picked up 30 points in addition to her contribution to the 400 relay win.
In the 300 hurdles, Rohweder came in first at 48.39, while she swept the 100 and 200 sprints at 13.16 and 27.37, respectively.
“It was great,” Shroll said.
Kingston, a sophomore, nipped at Rohweder’s heels in the 100, coming in at 13.27, good for second; Nielson was sixth at 13.95.
Molly Walker was fifth in the 800 at 3 minutes.
“We haven’t scored a half-miler in a long time,” Shroll said.
Kingston was second in the high jump at 4-10, and fifth in the triple jump at 29-7. Thrower Jackie Eberhard took second in the shot put at 32-51⁄2 and fifth in the discus at 91-91⁄2. Kacey Bair was seventh in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
After spring break, the Devils will be in action again at their own Eagle Valley Invitational on April 5.
Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.