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Hop on the bus: Huskies shine at Greeley

GREELEY – The bad road trips are not meant to be in April, folks. But that was just what Battle Mountain got when it went down to the Greeley Invitational.”We had a challenging day, just to get down there,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “There was a blizzard on the passes, and there were trucks stalled all along the road. We were very close to missing the 3,200 (meters).”The Huskies made it for the two-mile race, and Jonny Stevens hopped off the bus and completed it in 10 minutes, 35 seconds, good for seventh.And once the Huskies were settled in, Connor Drumm and Levi Horn led the Huskies boys’ team to a fifth-place finish against other 4A and 5A schools. The girls were eighth.Battle Mountain fans know Drumm’s been a pretty good athlete in his four years in Eagle-Vail – all-league in soccer, and pretty much all-world in basketball. So why not take up track?In his first 800, Drumm took gold Saturday with a 2:04.”Connor is a true competitor,” Parish said. “I’ve been able to see him from afar in soccer and basketball. But it was pretty impressive to see it up close.”Horn flew on an extremely windy day to second in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 6 inches. That’s a personal record for Horn. Speaking of P.R.s, Shea Phelan picked one up in the mile, finishing sixth in a time of 4:47. Stevens was right behind him in seventh.T.J. Simpson captured eighth in the 3,200 (10:47). Big Zach Steinbach rang up P.R.s chucking the discus 127 feet (sixth) and the shot put (44-7 1/4). Punky Carlos was eighth in the shot. Andreas Apostal leaped to sixth in the long jump, while Aaron Wilcox was fifth in the 100.In relays, Drumm, Travis Landauer, Phelan and Ryan Hedrick were third in the 1,600. In the 800, Wilcox, Todd Walker, Casey Kleisinger and Hedrick were sixth. Wilcox, Apostal, Elan Jones and Kleisinger teamed up for seventh in the 400.The queenMichelle Hiland’s fourth-place finish in the mile headlined matters for the girls’ team. She logged a 5:48.Relays logged serious points for the Huskies. The 3,200 of Crystin Rodrick, McKenzie Stevens, Heidi Sorenson and Hiland was eighth in 11:25. Sorenson, Rodrick, Max VanDyke and Maddy Trtanj posed fourth in the 1,600. In the 400, Karlie Peterson, Megan Brooks, Trtanj and Kate Epstein picked up seventh. Epstein, Peterson, Books and Sorenson – again – were seventh in the 800. “Heidi was a queen today,” Parish said. “She did a great job running all those relays.”Battle Mountain is at Rifle Friday and will be sending some athletes to Saturday’s Phelan/Alexander Invite, Vail Christian’s home meet, at Eagle Valley.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630, or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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