Huskies’ 3,200 cracks 8 minutes
LAKEWOOD – Members of the Battle Mountain boys’ 3,200-meter weren’t very happy after their race Friday at the 4A state meet at Jefferson County Public Stadium.”Man, it was crazy,” anchor Connor Drumm said. “We felt slow because everyone was so far in front of us. Coming in, three teams had already finished and we were a little behind. I thought we must be 8-plus minutes.”Nope – 7 minutes, 58.64 seconds, actually – yet another school record and good for a fourth-place medal.The Huskies weren’t slow. Everybody was stupendously fast Friday. Last year’s 3,200 thought it had a chance of breaking 8 minutes at state, but the Huskies took seventh in 8:12. In fact, 8:01 won the whole shooting match last year.D’Evelyn (7:48.60), Thompson Valley (7:51.63) and Broomfield (7:54.54) took the top-three spots Friday.”We thought we had a chance at sub-8 and be in the mix to win it. It was just an unbelievable field,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “All four of them were so close to their (personal records). I couldn’t be more proud of them. I never thought I’d have a team go under 8.”
For the record, Friday’s time lopped another six seconds off the team’s previous record, set last week and regionals, and is a whopping 31 seconds ahead of the old record which stood at the beginning of last season.AdjustmentsShea Phelan started things nicely with a a 1:59 split. For Phelan, breaking 8 minutes was an appropriate ending to a tremendous running career at Battle Mountain.”It was such a great way for Shea to finish his career,” Parish said. “Connor has been a great addition, but this has been Shea’s pride and joy over the last two years. He made them grow into what they are now.”Travis Landauer was slated for the second leg, but his hamstring, a problem all season, wouldn’t let him go.”Travis has worked so hard this season,” Parish said. “We got him back into shape for regionals, and that was very courageous. He helped break the record again and win regionals. He really wanted to compete, but we worked with him all week, and we wasn’t able to run a warm-up lap.”
So Landauer supported his team which happens to have a pretty good fill-in in Jonny Stevens. Having observed Stevens’ closing kick in the open 1,600 and 3,200, Parish tapped the sophomore.Stevens took his split in 2 minutes flat, 6 seconds better than his previous best in the event. Derek Byron, who’s fit into the team seamlessly after being an alternate last year, kept the momentum going with a 2:01.Drumm absolutely hammered the finish a 1:55.”Immediately after the race, they were down,” Parish said. “They honestly thought that they had run slower because they were used to running up front.”Down goes the 800The Huskies made it 2-for-2 in school records as the boys’ 800 busted its own mark, also set at regionals. Casey Kleisinger, Aaron Wilcox, Ryan Hedrick and Ascher Robbins clocked a 1:32.46.
That was good for 17th. “They ran a great race and held up to the competition of the state meet and broke a school record,” Parish said. “That’s all you can ask,”In other state action, Leslie Peterson capped her high school career with a solid 1:00.70 in the 200. Crystin Rodrick was 17th in the 1,600 with a 5:39. Stevens, a bit spent after the 3,200 relay, was 17th in the boys’ 1,600. Wilcox zipped to 20th in the 100 with time of 11.55 seconds.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado