Huskies’ Henry repeats discus win at regionals
But 145-10 did the trick Saturday at the 4A Western Slope regional track and field meet as Henry defended his regional discus crown. He and Seth Kissinger – third in the shot put – punched their tickets to state to join vaulters Jared Cliver and Allison Myers, who qualified earlier in the week.
“It feels great. You just work hard and try to do your best,” Henry said. “Everyone had a tough time throughout in some weird conditions so I was happy to come out with a win.”
Henry and the rest of the field had to cope with a nasty back wind, which was so fierce the competition was paused at times.
“I was extremely proud of Josh,” Huskies throwing coach Pat Phelan said. “There were two things working against him. No. 1 was the the wind was a mess. No. 2 was that nobody was pushing him. He throws it way the heck out there and no one’s within 10 feet of him. It’s hard for him to get up for that. But that should be no problem next week.”
Kissinger will also be on hand next weekend in Denver after a third-place finish in the shot. Sitting in sixth place going into the finals, Kissinger’s throw of 45-11 helped him leapfrog into the third and final state spot.
“Seth needed a huge throw and he came through,” Phelan said. “With Seth coming of his knee surgeries, he’s just getting better and better with each week. And he’s going to be better again next week.”
The Huskies had some near misses when it came to state qualifying. Kristin Kelly, Jenna Gilbert and Emily Bradshaw finished fourth, fifth and seventh on Saturday. Maddie McCaulley had a personal best in the mile, while Stephanie Rice and Maggie Sheahan had good meets.
Doug Mason closed out his high school career by finishing seventh in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300. Chris Roberts finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-6. Sacha Frei was in the running for state bid in the triple jump but was disqualified for wearing jewelry during competition.
Saints send 400 team to state
Last year, the Vail Christian track and field team sent its first individual to state in Robbie Brgoch. This year, the Saints are sending a relay team as well.
The Saints’ boys 400 relay team is going to state after finishing third at Saturday’s 2A Western Slope regional meet. Will Guffey, Brgoch, Dan Ferguson and Kyle Morris clocked a time of 46.68 seconds, which has them Pueblo-bound.
In the meantime, a host of Saints had a strong meet. Ferguson missed out qualifying in the 100 by seven-thousandths of a second, finishing fourth. Rachel Glandorf had a big day, picking up three personal-bests. She was sixth in the 800, fifth in the mile and cut 1:20 of her previous best in the two miles.
“She was the Energizer bunny, bless her heart,” Saints coach Bob Isbell said with a laugh. “She was something else.”
The girls 400 team of Brittany Wright, Robyn Rickert, Jamie Simmonds and Megan McGee had their best time with a 59.1. Meanwhile, Kim Graef was sixth in the discus and John McGee took eighth in the 3,200.
“We met (Friday) night at a team meeting and everybody there had ran or done their personal best,” Isbell said. “And the same thing happened today. That was really exciting. We competed well all year and gained an understanding of the sport of track and the camaraderie which comes with it. Everyone was supporting each other and that makes the experience worthwhile.”
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.