Huskies girls track and field wins at Rifle; next up Summit
RIFLE — New faces, same result.
Battle Mountain girls track and field had an auspicious opener on Friday night at the Rifle Invitational, winning the meet with 97 points. Glenwood Springs was second. The boys finished third with 52 points behind Class 5A Fruita Monument (143.5) and Glenwood Springs (61.5).
“It was pretty awesome,” Huskies co-head coach Max Van Dyke said. “Almost half of our team is new. It was exciting to see what they can do.”
More encouraging is that the Huskies were getting points from lots of places. Yes, Jake Borel and Kaela Fahrney won the open 3,200 meters — the Huskies are always strong in the distance runs. At the same time, Naomi Harding was fourth in the 100. Jack Skidmore made his track and field debut by finishing third in the shot put.
Chance Archuleta leapt to second in the high jump and the boys 400 team took third.
Remember that track and field is somewhat akin to a math equation. The more points a team gets from different events the better.
Toward that end, Friday night’s meet was a good chance for the Huskies staff to see what might work and what might not. Working the proverbial jigsaw puzzle is a season-long project.
Battle Mountain is at Broomfield on Saturday.
Baseball falls at Palisade
Battle Mountain baseball dropped its opening doubleheader of league play on Saturday at Palisade, 8-5 and 14-2.
While no team wants to take a loss or two, the Huskies were competitive in the lidlifter against the Bulldogs.
“We had our chances and just came up short,” Huskies skipper Jose Meza said. “We scared them a little.”
Pitcher Sean Weller went most of the way in the first game, keep his team in it. Franklin Reily and Jake Singleton both went 3-for-4. Peyton Kellerman also had two hits.
Battle Mountain (2-2) hosts Summit County on Wednesday in Edwards. As always, check the weather before heading out to the yard.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.