Huskies face busy start at state track and field
EDWARDS — In some ways, this is not the usual Battle Mountain state track team. In other ways, this is a very typical Huskies state contingent.
Battle Mountain has Sabrina Sutter qualified in the 100 and 200 meters. Coach Rob Parish doesn’t remember having a sprinter qualify for state, and his tenures date back to when the school moved from 3A to 4A.
On the other hand, the Huskies are loaded in the distances and 3,200 relay teams look good. That’s more like it.
Battle Mountain does distance because, well, only two other schools in the state are located at higher altitudes (Lake County and Summit County). Plus, there’s a wee bit of tradition here.
The ladies 3,200 relay should be the headliner here. The Huskies are ranked No. 2 in the state. But, and there had to be a but, the open 3,200 and the 3,200 relay are separated by a little more than two hours on Thursday.
According to Parish, that means Elizabeth Constien will run the open 3,200 and not the relay, while Lizzie Constien will do both.
The 4-by-8 will be Harding, Sofia Piliero, Alex Raichart and Naomi Harding. Parish said he considers his squad to be “underdogs.” Take that as you will. It could be a statement of fact. It could be gamesmanship.
Either way, it’s a triumphant return to state competition for Lizzie Harding. In our last episode of “Battle Mountain Engaging in Running at State,” Harding entered the state cross-country meet with the flu, ran her heart out and understandably collapsed in a heap near the finish.
“She’s healthy and excited,” Parish said. “We know how well she ran at state (cross-country). She’s ready to go.”
The boys have the same open, 3,200/4-by-8 relay conflict, but it may benefit the Huskies. Battle Mountain has no one in the open 2-mile and will have a fresh legs for the relay in Douglas McMurrain, Alexis Aguirre, Franklin Reilly and James Moran.
The boys should also be fresh for the 1,600 relay on Saturday. Take out Franklin Reilly and put in Luis Mendoza from the 3,200 relay team for the 1,600.
Max Christenberry is in the discus and Wyatt Nelson is in the pole vault.
Look out in the mile
While the 3,200 relay is a Battle Mountain obsession, the Huskies girls are in two other relays. The mile is Gabby Trueblood, Piliero, Raichart and Naomi Harding. The 800 is Trueblood, Piliero, Sutter and Cassi Kelchner.
Naomi Harding is in the maximum four events, running the 800 and the open 1,600. The Huskies are particularly stacked in that event with Lizzie Harding and Constien.
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