Huskies ask for seconds in Denver
DENVER ” The cheer at Battle Mountain goes, “We say black. You say gold.”
The Huskies added a little silver at Saturday’s state track and field meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.
The boys 3,200-meter relay team broke 8 minutes for the second consecutive state meet, taking second, while Levi Horn sprang to a tie for silver in pole vault.
The 3,200 relay of Tony Crisofulli, Derek Byron, Travis Landauer and Jonny Stevens logged the second-fastest time in school history in 7 minutes, 59.64 seconds, 2 ticks behind first-place Mullen.
“We watched all the 4-by-8s of the last years and tried to pick apart the pieces,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said of his team’s preparation. “They ran the race exactly to the plan, absolutely exactly to the step. They’re an extremely coachable group and a group with incredible passion.”
Crisofulli took it out for the Huskies and started a pattern of consistency for the race. Each member of the quartet met his splits of 2 minutes or less. Byron, the second leg, was nursing a bad hip but delivered.
“Derek’s hip has not been feeling great,” Landauer said. “But he stepped it up and threw down in his last race.”
A newbie to the team when Grant Stevenson anchored and now a team veteran, Landauer took it from there, catching Conifer in the last bit of his second lap.
“The one constant on all of these fantastic teams has been Travis Landauer,” Parish said. “He’s gone through the entire process of being the new kid on the block, and now he’s just a veteran. It was so great to see him go out like that.”
Landauer handed off to the anchor, Stevens, and the Huskies were on their way to silver.
“I was trying to give Jonny every step I could,” Landauer said. “We were thinking every step that we can get Jonny is that much better.”
Likely motivated by failing to qualify last year for the state meet, Horn put on a show in the pole vault. He flew 13 feet, 6 inches to tie for second, the best Battle Mountain performance at state since Mark Churchill won the whole thing with the same distance in 3A in 1998.
“Levi’s jumping was exciting. He has all the components of a good vaulter. He’s speedy, coordinated, strong and a little bit crazy,” Parish said with a laugh. “He’s such a talented athlete. It was so exciting to watch him vault the last couple of years, especially today. He had a rough year last year with not qualifying for state. He was able to enjoy the experience.”
Also enjoying the experience were Ascher Robbins, Aaron Wilcox, Andreas Apostol and Todd Walker. The quartet finished eighth in the state in the 800 relay with a 1:32.30. The girls 3,200 of Jamie Lee Roberts, McKenzie Stevens, Marit Johnson and Heidi Sorenson clocked a 10:09, just missing the school record by 1.5 seconds.
Jonny Stevens was 10th in the mile with a 4:34.
Eli Robertson (11-6) and Charlie Tedstrom (11) logged personal records in the pole vault.