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Robert Shearon | Special to the DailyBattle Mountain's Mandy Ortiz competes during Saturday's Rifle Invitational, as her mother, Anita, looks on.
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RIFLE – This county has really good pole vaulters. Anyone notice that?

Eagle Valley, Vail Christian and Battle Mountain swept the podium in both pole vault events, as the Devils, Saints and Huskies shined at Saturday’s Rifle Invitational.

Eagle Valley’s Aaron Kline pulled the upset Saturday, edging Battle Mountain’s Zach Guida. The Devils’ Wyatt Smith completed the sweep.



For the ladies, the Huskies’ Bailey Garton (first) and Molly Childers (third) made a Battle Mo¶untain sandwich of Vail Christian’s Kylie Alexander.

For the Saints, Alexander had an eventful day. She set a school record and lost another. Alexander went 10 feet, 1 inch in pole vault, besting her own record yet another time. That’s her first jump in double-digits. She also held the 100-meter hurdles mark, but teammate Celia Smith took it from her Saturday.



The Battle Mountain girls won the whole shooting match, topping Hotchkiss, 152-90. The Saints girls, who are very small in numbers, still finished 11th out of 17 teams. On the boys’ side, Eagle Valley won 4A bragging rights in the county, topping Battle Mountain, 85.5-63. Rifle won the boys’ side with the Devils fourth and the Huskies fifth.

For Battle Mountain, the big news of the day was Sophia Calabrese winning the 300 hurdles and taking second in the 100 hurdles. The Huskies also had a mix of veterans competing for the second time in as many days – they were at Loveland Friday – and some younger faces in new places.

“We are in a very difficult phase of our training, but, at the same time, the training is showing itself on the track,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “We really believe in the peak(ing) system like everyone else. This was a good weekend, especially in terms of competing over multiple days, which will happen at meets later in the season.”



It should be noted that the Huskies did not set a school record Saturday after setting five in earlier competition this week. (For shame.)

Eagle Valley’s Zeke Sandoval and Kline had big days, which caught coach Jeff Shroll’s attention.

“Zeke just continues to get faster and faster,” he said. “And for Aaron, that’s a big confidence boost, winning the pole vault. I also think his hurdles times will be dropping.”

And for Vail Christian, Ashlyn Gruber remains fast. She was second in the 400 in third in the 800 against a field of mostly bigger schools.

Battle Mountain’s at Fort Collins Friday, while Eagle Valley’s up in Craig the same day. All three schools will be sending contingents Saturday to the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

Results from Rifle Invitational track and field meet

Saturday at Rifle High School

Team scores

Boys

1. Rifle, 124; 2. Elizabeth, 95; 3. Coal Ridge, 88; 4. Eagle Valley, 85.5;

5. Battle Mountain, 63; 6. Hotchkiss, 44; 7. Meeker, 31; 8. Summit, 24; 9.

West Grand, 22; 10. Basalt, 21; 11. Palisade, 17; 12. Steamboat Springs, 16;

13t. Aspen, 15; 13t. Montezuma-Cortez, 15; 15. Rangely, 14; 16. Hayden, 11;

17. Plateau Valley, 7; 18. Grand Valley, 5; 19. Vail Christian, 4.5.

Girls

1. Battle Mountain, 152; 2. Hotchkiss, 90; 3. Grand Valley, 62; 4. Palisade,

55; 5. Eagle Valley, 47; 6. Meeker, 44; 7. Rifle, 43; 8t. Coal Ridge, 40;

8t. West Grand, 40; 10. Montezuma-Cortez, 37; 11. Vail Christian, 24; 12.

Elizabeth, 23; 13. Roaring Fork, 22; 14. Rangely, 13; 15. Hayden, 10; 16.

Summit, 9; 17. Plateau Valley, 5.

Individual results

Boys

100 – 3. Zeke Sandoval, Eagle Valley, 11.48; 6. Chris Libertini, Battle

Mountain.

200 – 1. Zeke Sandoval, Eagle Valley, 23.35; 2. Chris Libertini, Battle

Mountain, 23.43; 8. Ze Barbosa, Battle Mountain.

400 – 3. Reeve Sanders, Battle Mountain, 51.66; 6. Zeke Sandoval, Eagle

Valley, 53.12.

800 – 3. Hunter Burnham, Eagle Valley, 2:06.65.

110 hurdles – 6. Aaron Kline, Eagle Valley, 16.17; 8. Ryan Werner, Eagle

Valley, 17.06.

300 hurdles – 8. Riley Rowles, Eagle Valley, 45.44.

4×100 relay – 2. Battle Mountain, 44.95 (Paton Lovett, Jake Engle, Ze

Barbosa, Chris Libertini); 4. Eagle Valley, 45.56 (Riley Rowles, Nick Ross,

Aaron Kline, Zeke Sandoval).

4×200 relay – 3. Battle Mountain, 1:31.91 (Paton Lovett, Jake Engle, Chris

Libertini, Reeve Sanders).

4×400 relay – 3. Battle Mountain, 3:36.81. (Paton Lovett, Jake Engle, Irvin

Rodriguez, Reeve Sanders); 5. Eagle Valley, 3:47.26 (Hunter Burnham, Wyatt

Smith, Ryan Werner, Aaron Kline).

4×800 relay – 4. Eagle Valley, 8:51.16 (Hunter Burnham, Louis Chavez, Wyatt

Smith, Vladimir Carbajal).

High jump – 4. Jeremy Sabo, Eagle Valley, 5-10; 6. Will Dutmer, Eagle

Valley, 5-8.

Long jump – 6. Nick Cooper, Eagle Valley, 19-8.5.

Discus – 2. Jose Marin-Garcia, Battle Mountain, 126-4.

Shot put – 1. Roberto Cortes, Eagle Valley, 44-5; 2. Jose Marin-Garcia,

Battle Mountain, 42-10; 7. Xavier Mendoza, Eagle Valley, 40-4.

Pole vault – 1. Aaron Kline, Eagle Valley, 12-7; 2. Zach Guida, Battle

Mountain, 12-7; 3. Wyatt Smith, Eagle Valley, 12-1.

Girls

100 – 6. Isabelle Courtois, Battle Mountain.

200 – 1. Isabelle Courtois, Battle Mountain, 27.34; 2. Katia Lopez, Battle

Mountain, 27.67.

400 – 2. Ashlyn Gruber, Vail Christian, 1:00.44; 3. Jenai Denardo, Battle

Mountain, 1:02.46. 6. LaRose Currie, Battle Mountain.

800 – 2. Roxy Trotter, Eagle Valley, 2:24.08; 3. Ashlyn Gruber, Vail

Christian, 2:27.89; 8. Tyler Beckham, Eagle Valley, 2:41.33.

1,600 – 2. Christina Shearon, Battle Mountain, 5:41.77; 5. Nikki Cunning,

Eagle Valley, 5:56.21.; 6 Samantha Maddox, Eagle Valley, 6:03.

3,200 – 2. Mandy Ortiz, Battle Mountain, 11:43.41.; 6. Nikki Cunning Eagle

Valley, 13:25; 7. Samantha Maddox, Eagle Valley 13:42.

100 hurdles – 2. Sophia Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 18.13; 7. Celia Smith,

Vail Christian.

300 hurdles – 1. Sophia Calabrese, Battle Mountain, 48.73.

4×100 relay – 5. Battle Mountain (Andrea Kjielberg, Malia Barca, Maricruz

Corenelio, Morgan Croke); 8. Eagle Valley, 57.66 (Emily Boyd, McKenzie

Cooper, Hannah Claydon, Tina Frasco).

4×200 relay – 5. Eagle Valley, 1:56.65 (Taylor Claydon, Kenzie Cooper, Casey

Lammert. Roxy Trotter).

4×400 relay – 2. Battle Mountain, 4:17.13 (Jenai Denardo, Brooke WWhite,

Tesha Olsen, Sophia Calabrese); 3. Battle Mountain B, 4:34.04 (Christina

Shearon, Sonia Barnett, Isabelle Calabrese, Maricruz Corenelio).

4×800 relay – 1. Battle Mountain, 10:29.82 (Tesha Olsen, LaRose Currie,

Isabelle Calabrese, Morgan Croke).

High jump – 4. Megan Osteen, Eagle, 5; 5. Brooke White, Battle Mountain,

4-10.

Long jump – 7. Megan Osteen, Eagle Valley, 15-1; 8. Michelle Carbajal, Eagle

Valley, 15.

Triple jump – 2. Michelle Carbajal, Eagle Valley, 34-3 1/2; 7. Jenny

Marengo, Battle Mountain; 6. Brooke White, Battle Mountain; 4. Val Constien,

Battle Mountain.

Pole vault – 1. Bailey Garton, Battle Mountain, 10-1; 2. Kylie Alexander,

Vail Christian, 10-1; 3. Molly Childers, Battle Mountain, 8-7; 8. Alex Sang,

Eagle Valley, 7-7.


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