Huskies boys track wins at Rifle
RIFLE, Colorado ” Who are you people and what are you doing in the black-and-gold-uniforms?
It was a weird and wonderful evening for Battle Mountain track in Rifle Friday night.
The strangest and best thing was that the Huskies boys won the Rifle Invitational, beating Glenwood, 129.5-119.5. The last time Battle Mountain won a meet with more than three teams was back in the mid-90s when it was a 3A school.
Just about as fun and eerie was that all but one boys’ relay team won, and the one which finished second was, of all squads, the 3,200 meters. In fact, the 400 and 1,600 set new school marks.
The big boys in the 3,200, however, left their mark. Tony Crisofulli (open 800), John O’Neill (1,600) and Jonny Stevens (3,200) all won their events and pre-qualified for the state meet. Crisofulli’s 800 time of 1 minute, 56.22 seconds was also a new school record.
“It was a fantastic accomplishment,” Rob Parish said. “We had kids winning events all over the place.”
Rewriting the wall
And Battle Mountain did so in dramatic style. The 4-by-1 put up 43.6, a good 1.7 seconds ahead of Glenwood. The new record-holders are Aaron Wilcox, Ascher Robbins, Ryan Hedrick and Todd Walker.
The same quartet also blew away the field in the 800 relay with a a time of 1:31.11, 2 seconds ahead of Delta. While the school record remains 1:30.1 (2007), Parish believes this crew is ahead of pace in the season of last year’s state team.
In the mile relay, Hedrick, Walker, Crisofulli and O’Neill teamed up for a 3:28.12, smashing the old school mark by 2 seconds, and a good 13 ticks ahead of Eagle Valley.
The Devils got the upper hand of the Huskies in the 3,200 with Jamie Fahrmeyer nosing out Stevens at the finish.
“It was fun for all of us associated with cross country to see that,” Parish said of the two who were teammates last fall.
Joining Stevens on the 3,200 were Conner Wallace, Crisofulli and Charles Gladitsch.
Crisofulli smoked the field in the 800. His 1:56.22 was 6.5 seconds faster than Rifle’s Tyler Chapman in second place. Crisofulli also bumped Connor Drumm (2006) from the Huskies’ record book. Drumm is still favored in the slam-dunk competition.
Winner, winner chicken dinner
Wilcox won the 100 in 11.81. Robbins was fifth in 11.91. As they usually do in the 200, the two flip-flopped with Robbins (23.58) in second and Wilcox in third (24.07).
O’Neill conquered all-comers in the mile with a 4:29.92. Three Huskies have now logged 4:29 miles this year (Crisofulli, Stevens and O’Neill.) Wallace (4:53.88) was fifth in the 1,600.
Parish had Stevens do a tempo run in the 3,200. The senior replied with a 9:51.65, good for a win and a nice jog that was 12 seconds faster than the state-qualifying time. Stevens had company in the points in the 3,200. David Shearon (11:14.36) took fifth and Tommy Crisofulli (11:52.19) finished seventh.
Other point scorers included Todd Walker (seventh, 400), Parke Robbins (eighth, 300 hurdles and triple jump), Kodi Wyatt and Cody Kleisinger (tied for fifth, long jump), Charlie Tedstrom (third, pole vault), Spencer Currie (fifth, pole vault) and Cliff Rodrick (seventh, pole vault.)
The ladies finished with 40 points, good for eighth. Cecilia Garcia had the top finish for the team with a second in the 3,200 with a time of 12:55.90. Anouk Guilmineau was right behind Garcia in third and was seventh in the 1,600.
Kenzie Grant took bronze in the mile (5:41.08) seventh in the 800 (12:37.97). Jamie Lee Roberts clocked a 1:05.14 (seventh) in the 400, while McKenzie Stevens was eighth in the 1,600 (6:05.4).
The relays had a good day, led by the 3,200. Stevens, Roberts, Grant and Heidi Sorenson finished second in 10:20.97. In the 800, it was Olivia Fauland, Jen Thul, Jenna Beairsto and Alexa Corcoran in seventh. Thul, Fauland, Roberts and Gemma Mendoza were fifth in the mile.
Battle Mountain splits up next week. The boys team is at Cherry Creek, while the girls head to Moffat County.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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