Huskies break meet records at Cherry Creek
DENVER On Saturday, when 4A Battle Mountain track crushed two meet records at a top 5A competition in Denver, the times werent good enough to set school marks.What does this mean?It means the guys are good, Huskies coach Rob Parish said.The Battle Mountain boys won three of four relays at the Cherry Creek Invitational and placed sixth while resting top racers from some of their marquee events.We knowingly pulled about 35 points off, and still got sixth, Parish said. And the second-through-sixth teams were separated about five points.On a day that saw weather fluctuate from winter with flurries and high winds to summer, the Huskies prequalifed the 800-meter relay for the state championships, while Jonny Stevens prequalifed in the open 1,600.Thats our first sprints team to prequalify in the 4A era, Parish said.The 800 relay team of Asher Robbins, Aaron Wilcox, Todd Walker and Ryan Hedrick came in first at 1 minute, 30.39 seconds.In less than perfect weather, they are only a few tenths off the school record, which they set last year at the state meet, Parish said.In the 1,600 relay, Tony Crisofulli, Walker, Hedrick and John ONeil ran a smoking 3:28.60, 0.5 seconds off the school mark and 6 seconds better than the previous meet record.That was unbelievable, Parish said. We werent going to run John, but we had to put him in.And the 3,200 relay squad of Crisofulli, Jonny Stevens, ONeil and Conor Wallace came in first at 8:08.9, 15 seconds ahead of the old meet mark.They were excited, but thats the second time theyve run 8:08, Parish said. To be honest, they were looking to be faster. And this last week, we had a really hard week of training. We crushed them.Its one thing to win a few relays in the mountains, but another to go down with the big boys Cherry Creek has 3,500 kids, Parish said.In the 400 relay, Robbins, Wilcox, Walker and Romaine Wolford took fourth at 45.15.Stevens, after running a sub-2 minute split in the 3,200 relay, took second in the open 1,600 at 4:30.64. David Shearon, while not placing, broke 5 minutes.In the 200, Wilcox and Robbins both had personal-best times in qualifying, at 23.01 and 23.03, respectively, with a slight tailwind. Robbins was fifth in the finals, at 23.10, while Wilcox took seventh at 24.16.Robbins also had his best-ever time in the 100, qualifying at 11.27. Hedrick placed fourth in the 400 at 52.26. Charlie Tedstrom took fourth in the pole vault, flying 12 feet a personal-best mark by 1 foot. Cody Wyatt was eighth in the high jump at 5-8.Parish was pleased with his teams performance, but also enjoyed how the kids carried themselves in light of the success.Its great to beat meet records and prequalify, but we have a mature group of kids who realize that while its nice to do well at the Cherry Creek Invite, its not the end goal. But they were still able to have fun and enjoy it, he said.Both the boys and girls will be at the Tiger Invite in Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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