Huskies, Devils and Saints have good day at state
DENVER — Congratulations, Sofia Calabrese. You held a school record for a few minutes.
Calabrese finished the 300-meter hurdles in 45.53 seconds in the first heat of the state-meet preliminaries at Jeffco Stadium on Friday. That broke Lilly McMurrain’s record.
The only problem is that McMurrain (45.32) and Izze Calabrese (45.51) broke it during Friday’s second heat of qualifying.
The good news is that all three of these ladies made the finals, a rarity at this level.
“It’s pretty unique,” Huskies assistant coach Max Van Dyke said. “It’s one of those years where we have such athletic people. All three will be running in college. They’re so dedicated.”
That was part of a day of highs and lows for Sofia Calabrese. Right after the hurdles, she went to the long jump, where she was the No. 1 seed. It just wasn’t her day, and she ended tied for 11th.
“She did a really good job of turning around,” Van Dyke said. “She was sad for a bit and then ran the fastest split in the 4-by-4.”
In the 1,600 meters, McMurrain, both Calabreses and Jordan Brandt clocked a time of 4 minutes, 1.81 seconds and qualified for today’s finals.
Devils set up big day
Eagle Valley’s sprint medley team took sixth at the state meet on Friday in Denver.
That’s Charise Crabb, Kenzie Sisson, Shawna Adams and Carly Volkmer.
Both 1,600 teams had good days. Crabb, Victoria Schwaiger, Taylor Hermosillo and Volkmer ran a season-best time of 4:06.75, but, unfortunately, did not qualify.
The gents did. They are Cristian Aguilar, Luis Chavez, Charlie Fessendon and Gino Giovagnoli.
The Devils have a lot of athletes in the finals today — Crabb in the 100 hurdles, Giovagnoli in both the 400 and the 1,600, Volkmer in the 400 and Xavier Mendoza and Cathy Jaramillo in the shot put.
Run, Ethan, run
Ethan Pence, who already placed at state in the 3,200, finished fifth on Friday at the state meet in the 800 for Vail Christian.
Pence ran a 2:02.08, a new school record.
Pence finishes up the state meet today with the 1,600.
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