Huskies leaping after boys win meet
But Cliver did his best to introduce the event to high school track, competing in in a myriad of events, as part of a five-team meet Thursday afternoon. He did well as well as the rest of the Huskies, whose boys team won the event, while the girls took third.
The boys finished with 129 points, well ahead of second-place Lake County with 81. Aspen won the girls competition with 82 points, followed by Middle Park (78) and Battle Mountain (74).
“We got them all competing in a home meet,” Huskies track coach Lance Pratt said. “We get all the young kids and throw them in all these different events and see what they could do. That’s what it’s all about – giving them a chance to compete.”
Thrower Josh Henry did more than compete. He obliterated the school’s discus record. Brandon Straub’s record, set last year, was 143 feet, 6 inches. Henry’s throw hit the parking lot, moving the record to 154-10 1/2.
Henry, along with Seth Kissinger who won the shot put, led the Huskies domination in the throwing events. Behind Henry in the discus were Clay Stackpole, Kissinger and Tucker Lewandowski in the 2-3-4 spots. In the shot, Kissinger was followed by Henry, Cliver, and Cody and Clay Stackpole.
When Cliver wasn’t throwing, he was winning the 110 hurdles in 17.10 seconds or topping all comers in the pole vault with a jump of 12-6. He was also second in the 300 hurdles and tied for first with Chris Roberts in the high jump.
In the 300, it was Doug Mason who topped Cliver for first with a time of 43.87 seconds. Mason also nabbed second in the 110. In addition, Mason joined up with Pat Meehan, Roberts and Chris Jackson to finish second in the 3200 relay.
Other boys placers included Rob Finlay, who was third in the 1600, and Meehan, who took third in the 400.
On the girls side, relays took two crowns for the Huskies. Natalie Spohrer, Allison Kunis, Allison Myers and Rolena Richardson teamed up for a win in the medley. In the 400 relay, it was Christy Buster, Emma Farrell, Richardson and Casey Gilbert. Myers took the pole vault, making it a hat trick of titles for the girls.
Thrower Kristen Kelly impressed with a pair of podiums. She was second in the shot put and third in the discus. In discus, teammate Jenna Gilbert was second. Other high finishers included Kunis, second in the 100 hurdles, and Myers, also second in the high jump.
The Huskies are next in action Saturday at the Battle Mountain Invite.
Small school, big results.
The Vail Christian track and field team made a name for itself at Thursday’s meet, bringing home some hardware. The boys and girls teams finished in fourth place.
The Saints won four events, starting with the boys 400 relay team of Robbie Brgoch, Dan Ferguson, Kyle Morris and Will Guffey. Ferguson made it two titles with a win in the 400 to add to a second in the 100. Brgoch, meanwhile, added a third place in the pole vault.
On the girls side, Brittany Wright won the 400, while Kim Graef was tops in the shot put. Rounding out the Saints’ top performances was Megan McGee in third place in the 100 hurdles.