Huskies find the podium at home
Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger.
Out on the oval and in the field events, the refrain for the Huskies was more like podium, podium, podium.
The Huskies had a strong day in their home meet with the boys team finishing third and the girls taking seventh.
“Overall, I think for how it started off at 7 o’clock this morning, it turned out awesome. I wanted to cry this morning when I saw a couple of inches of snow on the ground,” Huskies track coach Lance Pratt said. “It’s all about the kids, letting all the younger kids compete in front of their parents and the home crowd.”
Eagle Valley won the boys and girls titles with 130 and 144 points, respectively. On the boys’ side, Middle Park took second with 92 points, while the Huskies finished with 87.
The Huskies’ points came from faces familiar and unfamiliar. In the former category, Jared Cliver won the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet. In gusty conditions, Josh Henry and Seth Kissinger swept the throwing events. Henry went 147 feet, 11 inches in the discus, while Kissinger went 46-7 in the shot. The throwers were a big part of the team’s success. The Huskies went 2-3-4 in the girls discus with Emily Bradshaw, Kristin Kelly and Jenna Gilbert. Henry was third in the shot with a 43-11, while Clay Stackpole and Kissinger took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the discus.
“At about this time, I say it must be the coach. It’s all the coach,” Huskies throwing coach Pat Phelan joked. “The coach is so good that he overcomes all the adversity and he deserves full credit. You’re not buying any of this, are you?”
Then again, it could have been the presence of former Huskies track coach Chris Ciocian, who was back in town and helping out with the meet.
On a serious note, Phelan added, “To tell you the truth, the one thing I really liked is all the kids threw well. Clay Stackpole came through. Seth had a good day with both shot and disc. Disc throwers Jenna Gilbert, Kristin Kelly, gosh, she’s coming on like crazy. She threw over a hundred. Emily Bradshaw, those three were 2-3-4. We just really had a good day in really bad conditions.”
Doug Mason gave his dad a nice birthday present with good finishes in the hurdles. He was fourth in the 300 and had a personal record in the 110 with a time of 17.21 seconds.
Rob Finlay had a breakout performance in the 3,200 meters taking second with a time of 12:16.26.
“I think Rob is really ready to run really fast as soon as he gets a little bit better conditions to run in,” distance coach Rob Parish said. “He had a great day today. He had a PR in the 3,200 relay. He had a real good mile and two mile.”
Another very nice surprise was Sacha Frey, who made his debut in the triple jump. The result was second place with a jump of 40-1 3/4, 14 inches shy of the school record. Alex Vu joined him in the points in fifth.
Andy Gibben and Tyler Eaton also fall into the category of nice surprise. Gibben was fourth in the two-mile, while Eaton was fifth in the 200. Both notched PR’s in the process.
In boys relays, Finlay, Karl Eklund, Gibben and Pat Meehan took fourth in the 3,200, while Daniel Montoya, Dustin Stanek, Eaton and Mason were fourth in the 800. In the mile, the quartet of Cliver, Grant Stevenson, Chris Roberts and Mason took third.
On the girls side, Allison Myers was second in the pole vault with an 8-6. The 3,200 relay team of Himmes, Maggie Sheahan, Maddie McCaulley and Stephanie Rice was fifth. McCaulley and Rice also picked up points in the 3,200, while Himmes scored in the 1,600.
The Huskies are next in action Saturday at the Moffat County Invitational.
Saints surprise at Huskies Invite
The Vail Christian boys track and field tuned heads by finishing fifth out of a 12-team field at the Battle Mountain Invitational.
The Saints amassed 34 points and, in the process, set a few school records.
“Track’s a great sport,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said. “Just to see the young kids working well and succeeding, it’s fun. It’s fun being out here right now and the camaraderie of the competition.”
Robbie Brgoch must have been enjoying himself. The sophomore broke his own record in the pole vault with jump of 10-6.
The relay team of Brgoch, Dan Ferguson, Kyle Morris and Will Guffey put up two school marks of its own. The 400 ran a 47.1 to take third place, while the same crew running in the 800 put up a 1:41.4.
Ferguson managed to blow away the field in the 100, winning in 11.22. Ferguson also brought home bronze in the 200.
Other noteworthy performances included a personal best by P.J. Dauphinais in the pole vault and a pair of fourth-place finishes by Rachel Glandorf in the 800 and 1,600.