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Huskies’ 3,200 finishes 17th

ARCADIA, Calif. ” Battle Mountain track and field’s vaunted 3,200-meter boys’ relay team finished 17th in a meet Friday, and the Huskies are actually happy about it.

And with good reason.

The Huskies, who were 4-for-4 in 3,200 races with multiple combinations of athletes, sent their best crew to the 40th annual Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational, one of the top meets in the country. So, 17th among the nation’s elite is just fine.

“Usually 17th-place finishes mean you didn’t do too well as a group, but we’re pleased,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said.

Derek Byron, Tony Crisofulli, Jonny Stevens and Travis Landauer clocked in at 8 minutes, and 11 seconds, the fourth-best time in school history.

“What they gain is big-race experience,” Parish said. “High school sports is all in your perspective. You can run at Eagle-Vail and think you’re pretty hot stuff. It just gives them perspective, let’s them see exactly who the best in the country are, and see where they stack up on that playing field.”

The winning time of the race was 7:45, not far from the 7:48 which won the Colorado 4A state 3,200 title last spring for D’Evelyn. In the state meet last year, Battle Mountain, broke 8 minutes for the first time with a 7:58.64.

Battle Mountain’s 8:11 in April is a very good sign. The school’s top-three times in the 3,200 all were set at the regional or state meets in mid-May.

“It’s fantastic. We talked about it today that we haven’t done any speed work yet,” Parish said. “We’ve done base-building and long runs and things that have been building their endurance. We’re ready to make the switch to our speed phase, and they always respond so well to that.”

Parish and the quartet will remain in Southern California today for open events. Byron and Travis Landauer will be competing in 800; Crisofulli in the 1,600 and Stevens in the 3,200.

The rest of the Huskies, as well as Eagle Valley are at Palisade.

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