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Huskies, Saints open track season

Chris Freud

GRAND JUNCTION – Battle Mountain may not have a race-worthy oval, but it’s not stopping the Huskies from a good start in 2005 at the Mickey Dunn Invitational Saturday.The 3200-meter relay team of Shea Phelan, Travis Landauer, Zack Erickson and Grant Stevenson took second in a time of 8 minutes, 37 seconds, just seven seconds off its time at the end of last season.”They picked up where they left off last year,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “Zach’s split was a (personal record). They beat everyone in our region and lost only to a 5A team.”Derek Rush led the throwers, finishing fifth in the discus with a chuck of 128 feet, 3/4 inches. Freshman Alex Wilcox made an impressive debut, taking sixth in the 100 in 11.77 seconds.The mile relay of Landauer, Phelan, Corey Wilson and Ryan Hendrick came home in 3:35, good for eighth. Phelan logged a PR on his split to cap a great day.Erickson came up with an impressive performance in the 3200, capturing seventh. His time of 10:48, obliterating his PR by 30 seconds. Jonathan Stevens, just two weeks out of hockey, was ninth.For the girls, Meagan Reigel broke out in the 300 hurdles, finishing fifth in 54.9.”She found her signature race,” Parish said. “This race blends her speed, endurance and agility.”Marit Johnson was ninth in the 3200 in 14:11.Battle Mountain is at the Horizon Relays Saturday.Armstead breaks school recordGRAND JUNCTION – Watching Jonathan Armstead play quarterback in the fall for Vail Christian, Saints track coach Bob Isbell knew the junior could throw.Armstead reaffirmed that fact Saturday at the Mickey Dunn by breaking his own school record in the shot put. No. 16, er, Armstead went 42 feet, 1 inch to take eighth in the stacked Mickey Dunn Invitational.On the girls’ side, prepare yourself for some familiar names who are looking for some big seasons. Leslie Peterson was third in the 400 (1:01.80) and tied for fifth in the 200 (28.20). Rachel Glandorf was third in the 800, clocking in at 2:34.8.The girls’ 1600 relay team of Katie Russ, Karlie Peterson, Glandorf and Leslie Peterson came around in 4:34.4 for sixth.”It was good to see where we need to work on things,” Isbell said. “We felt good about everybody’s effort. We just have to get better in some specific areas.”Vail Christian is at the Lancer Invitational Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or, Colorado

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