Huskies boys third at Mickey Dunn |

Huskies boys third at Mickey Dunn

Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – Battle Mountain actually has a complete track and field team.Formerly the province of long-distance running – fear not, they’re still pumping out the points – the Huskies have sprinters, shorter relay teams and throwers as well.Battle Mountain put it all together Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational Saturday as the boys finished third behind only 5A Fruita and Palmer, while the girls were sixth. “We look at each other as coaches and start raising our eyebrows, going ‘Wow. We haven’t seen this before.’ It’s really exciting,” Huskies coach Laurie Kleisinger said. “We’re thrilled to have some of these kids see the results of their work coming in.”

The Huskies boys’ mile relay posted a win for the first time in ages. Derek Byron, Travis Landauer, Tony Crisofulli and Todd Walker won in 3 minutes, 34.35 seconds. The 800-meter relay of Aaron Wilcox, Andreas Apostol, Ascher Robbins and Walker were second.The 400 relay of the Triple As – Wilcox, Apostol, Robins – and Romaine Wolford were fourth. Wilcox took second in the 100 with an 11.4, while Walker was third in the 200 with a 23.60.In the high jump, Kodi Wyatt went 5, feet, 6 inches for sixth. Mitch Gray and Punky Carlos were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the shot put.The long-distance crew as usual was impeccable. Jonny Stevens pre-qualified for state in the open 3,200, taking fourth. His time of 9:52.84 was just 3 seconds off his own school record. Mario Gonzales was eighth in that race, recording a personal best. The 3,200 relay continued to sizzle with a win. That crew was Crisofulli, Byron, Landauer and Stevens. T.J. Simpson scored in the mile and Walker did the same in the 3,200.

On the girls’ side, Max Van Dyke had a big day, finishing fourth in the triple jump, fifth in the discus, fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles. Jamie Lee Roberts took second in the 800 with a 2:36. Kayleigh Quintana landed in seventh in the shot, while Heidi Sorenson was eighth in the 400.In the 3,200, Ceclia Garcia finished second with Anauk Guillermo in two in seventh.The relays sparkled with the 400 of Kate Epstein, Maddy Trtanj, Jenna Beairsto and Katie Denton sixth. Sorenson, Epstein, Trtanj and Denton finished sixth in the 800. In the mile, Roberts, Amber Webb, Denton and Olivia Fauland were eighth. Marit Johnson, Sorenson, Garcia and Shannon O’Rourke were second in the 3,200 and the medley team also landed in the points.After two relay meets, Battle Mountain showed what it could do under the conventional format.

“It was really nice,” Kleisinger said. “It was nice for the kids to see where they measured up. It was good for them to run in heats, instead of relays, where sometimes you get the baton and you’re not anywhere near your competition. It’s difficult to measure yourself. I think we saw a lot of aggressive racing.”Battle Mountain’s next stop is the Greeley Invitational on Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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