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Four for state for Huskies

GRAND JUNCTION – Battle Mountain already has four athletes qualified for state after Day 1 of the 4A Slope regionals.The Huskies sent only seven athletes last year and the team still has yet to run in its strength events like the boys and girls 3,200 relay, the boys 1,600 and the 800 relays.”We might have to take a bus (to state) and that would be fantastic,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said.

Jonathan Stevens is already going in pole vault, qualifying on Tuesday. Zach Erickson put down a personal record in the 3,200 (10 minutes, 8 seconds) to finish second and punched his ticket to Denver.Derek Rush is the first Huskies thrower to go to state since Josh Henry and Brandon Straub made it in 2002. Rush threw for 138 feet, 8 inches, which netted him third and a state invite. He’ll be joined by Jane Lettovska who flew 30-7 in the triple jump, good for third.After Day 1, the boys were second, only behind Eagle Valley.Freshman sensation Aaron Wilcox has qualified for today’s finals in the 100 and 200. In the girls 100 hurdles, Meagan Reigel (fourth, 18.01) and Katie Lindbloom (sixth, 18.49) advanced.

Reigel had a PR in the 300 hurdles (49.14) and is racing today, as is Max Van Dyke who qualified for the finals with a 49.93. Rolena Richardson will be in the blocks for the 200 finals after finishing fourth in the prelims.Shea Phelan and Grant Stevenson put up points in the 800, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Casey Kleisinger was eighth in the long jump with a 19-6, followed by Andreas Apostal in ninth (19-4). Both were PRs. Kleisinger also had a PR in the 400. (54.02).Charlie Coats was ninth in the 300 hurdles (44.61), followed by Michael Busenhart (44.61). Chrystin Rodrick was fifth in the 800 (2:29).

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or, Colorado

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