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Huskies’ Relay prognosis: Fast

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” If Saturday’s Horizon Relays in Denver were, as Battle Mountain track and field coach Rob Parish said, more of a glorified practice, his kids must have ignored that little detail.

The Huskies, in their opening meet of the season, looked in mid-season form.

Among a field of almost 30 teams, Battle Mountain was one of a handful of 4A squads testing their meddle against 5A schools.

“We’ve come down here a few years now, and it’s a great way to start out the season,” Parish said.

The 400-meter relay team of Aaron Wilcox, Ascher Robbins, Josh Kundolf and Ryan Hedrick placed sixth, coming in at 44.91 seconds.

“That’s less than a second off the school record, which is great for the first meet,” Parish said. “They looked great ” their handoffs were smooth, and we’re excited about that. The last couple of years the four-by-two and four-by-eight teams have been strong. This year, it looks like we may have almost every relay.”

In what was their first and only appearances this year, the vaunted distance medley relay squad easily won in a time of 10 minutes, 57 seconds.

Hedrick ran the 400 leg, Tony Crisofulli the 800, John O’Neill the 1,200 and Jonny Stevens the 1,600.

“They won by 20 seconds,” Parish said. “They have fun with that. They always talk about how they are going to break the school record.”

The 800-meter relay team of Hedrick, Wilcox, Robbins and Todd Walker won its heat and placed third overall with a time of 1:32.50.

“They are only a few seconds off their record,” Parish said. “Todd was a little behind and brought it back and passed a guy at the end for the win.”

In the jumps relay, the Huskies trio of Cody Kleisinger, Pancho Menesses and Edward Banegas placed sixth.

Looking to try some new combinations, Parish mixed up his 3,200-meter relay team, with solid results. Connor Tedstrom, Conor Wallace, Charles Gladitsch and Walker were sixth at 8:46.

The Huskies brought a split squad to Delta late Saturday and result weren’t available when the Vail Daily went to press.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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