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Huskies, Devils split in Eagle-Vail

EVT Jacob Rivera SM 4-11

EAGLE-VAIL – A track and field meet at Battle Mountain. What a novel concept.Last spring after a well-intentioned snowplow destroyed the oval at Phelan Field, making the Huskies track and field team a set of orphans for the season, Battle Mountain hosted a triangular against Eagle Valley and Aspen Tuesday for the first time in two years.The Huskies boys’ team found the new oval to its liking, beating Eagle Valley, 93.5-75-5, while the Devils’ girls made themselves at home quite nicely, knocking off the Huskies, 98-63. Aspen was a distant third in both competitions.”It was fantastic to have a meet at our own track,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “It was great to have Aspen and Eagle Valley over and have a local meet. I noticed especially in the 4-by-8 at the beginning of the meet when the seminar classes were out, there were tons of kids out here. They definitely ran faster with the kids out. It’s neat to have a home track advantage.”

No basketball or stick neededIn that 3,200-meter relay, Connor Drumm, Shea Phelan, Derek Byron and Tony Christfoli breezed to a win in 8 minutes, 43.08 seconds. In the 800, it was the Huskies’ Aaron Wilcox, Ryan Hedrick, Todd Walker and Andreas Apostal bringing home the gold in 1:36.30. Teammate Jonny Stevens flew to the win in the mile in 4:54.30. Drumm eked out Eagle Valley’s Kyle Simonett in the 400 (53.19) without dribbling a basketball. Without a hockey stick, Casey Kleisinger was tops in the 300 hurdles, while his winter linemate Derek Byron captured the 800 in 2:13.57. Phelan likely ran the first and last 3,200 race of his life, winning in 11:14.86.For Eagle Valley, Mike Smith was a one-man-wrecking crew, with Jake Rivera just slightly behind him in that category. Smith won golds in the long jump (22 feet, 1 inch), high jump (6-4) and triple jump (40-8 1/4).

Rivera cruised to wins in both throwing events. He heaved the shot put 45-1 and tossed the discus (145-11). Rivera and Smith also earned gold in the 400 relay (45.55) with Simonett and some guy named Sean Matheson.Mr. Matheson zipped to wins in the 100 (11.19) and the 200 (23.16). In fact, Matheson ran the 100 twice because he was originally placed in a slower heat. No matter, he won both heats.Eric Kline rolled to victory in 110 hurdles for the Devils, while Eagle Valley’s mile relay of Jake Brock, Brady Grayson, Brendon Wright and Simonett landed in the winner’s circle.”It was a good meet for us,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “It gives us a chance to stay sharp. There’s not a lot of rest for our teams. We tried our kids in different events, which was fine. We told our kids that this was a hard workout day.”

Ladies, firstThe Eagle Valley girls worked out just fine. Kayla Phillips led an army of Devils’ throwers with wins in the shot (31-9 1/4) and the discus (95). Freshman Shaylynn Nielson started to make a name for herself with victories in the 100 (13.21) and the high jump (4-10).Rachel Sandoval captured the triple jump (30-10 1/4), while Courtney Best zinged her way to the top of the podium in the 100 hurdles (17.60). Sierra Pickslay ripped off a 28.26 in the 200 for another Devils’ win.The success continued in the relays for Eagle Valley. Hattie Higgins, Jamie Mann, Pickslay and Bryonny Hiland captured the medley. Pickslays (Sierra and Sasha) bookended Eagle Valley’s win in the 800 with Mann and Higgins. Best, Nielson. Sierra Pickslay and Sandoval topped all comers in the 400 relay.For the Huskies, Kelsey Sanders won the long jump (13-8 1/2) as an athletic prelude to her day. She went on to score four goals in the soccer team’s 9-1 win over Glenwood. Marit Johnson brought home gold in the mile (6:22.10), while Jamie Lee Roberts topped the 400 field and Max VanDyke flew to the top in the 300 hurdles. Michelle Hilland led a Huskies’ sweep in the 3,200.

Battle Mountain’s relay teams of Heidi Sorenson, Roberts, McKenzie Stevens and Hilland and Amber Webb, Olivia Fauland, VanDyke and Megan Brooks won the 3,200 and 1,600 relays, respectively.Battle Mountain is at the Greeley Invite Saturday, while Eagle Valley is at Glenwood Springs.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or Vail, Colorado

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