Huskies relay teams run well at Moffat County Invite
Battle Mountain track coach Lance Pratt plans to let his team rest up this week after running in the Moffat County Invite on Saturday.
“I think overall they’re tired,” Pratt said. “We’ve been working out pretty hard these last couple of weeks, doing a lot of interval training. This meet, you could tell that some of the kids were tired. I want to back way off of them this week. Hopefully, it will give them some time to rest so that they can be at their peak in these next two weeks, heading into regionals.”
Despite the tired legs, the Huskies had some strong performances at Saturday’s meet, especially in the relay department.
The girls 800-meter relay team of Brittney Adamson, Megan Reigal, M.K. Zellers and Rolena Richardson blazed a time of 1 minute, 51 seconds to finish in second place and nearly prequalify for state competition.
“That’s the first time that we put that grouping of girls in that event,” Pratt said. “They took second place in the region. That’s a pretty solid time. They’ve got a good chance to prequalify for that event. Prequalifying is 1:48, so they just missed it. Hopefully, with a little commitment, they’ll be able to get it in these next two weeks.”
The girls team finished in 13th place with a score of 27 points.
For the boys, the 3,200-meter relay team of Grant Stevenson, Corey Wilson, Shay Phelan and Zach Erickson had a strong seventh-place finish.
Erickson also matched his personal best in the mile run, coming across the line in 5:02.
Huskies standout Stevenson, who ran in the 3,200 relay and the mile, despite being sick, finished the mile in 5:15.
“Grant was pretty sick,” Pratt said. “He didn’t have a great day. Two weeks ago, he ran a 4:55, but (Satuday) he was just trying to finish. I’m glad he just showed up and ran. He was just out there going through the motions.”
The boys took 15th place with a score of 15 points.
The girls 3,200 relay team of Reigal, Cristin Rodrick, Paige Bennett and Jenny Throne also had a strong showing, finishing sixth.
The Huskies next take to the track in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday for the Tiger Invitational.
Pratt hopes that with a little more tweaking, the girls 800 relay team will be able to prequalify for state.
“I’m definitely encouraged by that 4-by-200 meter relay,” Pratt said. “They’d only been practicing hand-offs since Friday, so hopefully they’ll be able to get those three seconds.”
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