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Fahrmeyer leads Devils

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” In his final shot at punching a ticket to the state meet in the 1,600, Eagle Valley’s Jamie Fahrmeyer did it.

“He had to do it the hard way, but he got in,” Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll said.

By the hard way, Shroll means Fahrmeyer ran the best Eagle Valley mile ever at Friday’s regional meet in Grand Junction. Fahrmeyer came in at 4 minutes, 31.92 seconds, breaking his own school record yet again and taking fourth behind a trio of Battle Mountain runners at 4:29. The top three athletes at regionals qualify to state, but Fahrmeyer’s time was under the prequalifying time, which he’d yet to crack this season.

“It’s brutal when those guys go 1-2-3 (at 4:29). You better go on time or you aren’t going,” Shroll said. “Both Jamie and I tipped our hats to the Battle Mountain guys ” the pack helped pull Jamie along. But he’s put on a lot of miles with those guys (in cross country).”

Fahrmeyer ran cross country at Battle Mountain, as did Fahrmeyer’s current teammate, Andrew Hill, who took seventh in the 1,600 at 4:50.22.

Eagle Valley started the meet off in fine form, taking second in the 3,200 relay.

“It was an awesome race,” Shroll said. “It was hard-fought, neck-and-neck with everyone.”

The team of Fahrmeyer, Joe Trujillo, Griffin Turnipseed and Hill came in at 8:17.81, just 3 seconds off their best time.

“I think that four-by-eight got Jamie excited and helped carry over into the mile,” Shroll said.

In the girls shot put, Jackie Eberhard threw her way to Denver ” where the state meet will be held next week ” with a 31-foot, 3-inch toss, good for second. Kacey and Jamie Bair went fifth and sixth, respectively. Sasha Pickslay-Zamora took fourth in the high jump (4-8), with Molly Lennan in sixth.

“We’re scraping and scrapping, and that’s how you get those points,” Shroll said.

Angela Phillips and Pickslay-Zamora were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the long jump. On Tuesday, Phillips took fifth in the pole vault, with Ashley Weimer in sixth and Katie Brandes in eighth.

Austin Woodworth started the boys off Tuesday with a vault of 9-6, good for fourth, while Pollo Almanza kept things going Friday, taking fifth in the discus at 126. Jalen Aquino was eighth in the long jump at 18-9.

While Shroll was happy to see some of his athletes qualify for state, he ended the day befuddled by a technicality that will keep one of his athletes from competing today. During the 110 boys hurdles qualifying heats, Eagle Valley’s Trevor Grayson ran a smoking race at 16.18, which was good for third in his heat and fourth overall. The top two from each of the four heats qualified finals, regardless of time.

“It stinks,” Shroll said. “It is the most horrid thing to tell the kid who just ran the race of his life that he isn’t going to the finals. I’ve benefited from that rule and been screwed by it before, but not by one-and-a-half seconds with a kid who has a shot to go to state. That was the most heartbreaking story of the day.”

Eric Kline qualified for today’s finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles (16.28, 43.54), while Emily Kingston pushed through in the open 100 (13.33). Both Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder will be in the 200 finals.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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