Huskies shoot for state, board
The members of the Battle Mountain track and field team wear special T-shirts on meet days. The back of the shirt reads, “I’m doing what it takes to get my name on the board.”The board is the new placard in the gym, which displays all of the school’s track and field records. The board is a smorgasbord of who’s-who in the history of Battle Mountain athletics – Jeff Campbell, Jeff Rohlwing, Stephanie Feldhaus and Chris Isbell among others.The sextet of Huskies going to the 4A state meet today and Saturday intend on joining those names, and they have a realistic shot. “We could have three school records broken at the state meet in all three events we’re entered in,” Huskies head coach Lance Pratt said.The Huskies are sending Crystin Rodrick in the 3200 meters, Brittany Adamson in the 300 hurdles and the 800 relay team of Adamson, Meagan Reigel, Rolena Richardson, M.K. Zellars and alternate, Katie Lindbloom.Bump, set, spike and the 3200?Of the Huskies’ contingent the least likely entry is Rodrick. First off, she’s a freshman and freshman rarely make the state meet at the 4A level. Then, you have to consider that track really isn’t her primary sport.
Rodrick is much more comfortable on the volleyball court than on the oval. While running track this season, she’s found time to make the USA Volleyball Development Squad, as well.”I love volleyball. Volleyball is my thing. I love doing it,” Rodrick said. “Then, I come out and do track to keep in shape. Over this year, (Huskies assistant coach Rob) Parish made me really want to run track because there are really friendly people here. But, volleyball’s an addicting sport.”Rodrick started the season in the 800, but the Huskies staff threw her out there in the two mile about a month ago and found a diamond in the rough.”I didn’t even picture myself going to state. It didn’t cross my mind at all,” Rodrick said. “Coming into the two mile, I ran a very good first race. The coaches said, ‘If you get 30 seconds faster, you can go to state.’ I was like, ‘OK, but I don’t like that race.’ But, they put me back in it and I’m happy they did.”Rodrick ran the 3200 in 12 minutes, 24 seconds at Moffat. A week later, she was down to 12:05 at regionals. And, Pratt feels the sky’s the limit. “We have her for the next three years and she could be very, very good,” he said. “She has no idea what her potential is. She takes 20 seconds off her time in one week? She doesn’t know what she’s capable of.”One thing to shoot for might be Arwyn Becker’s school mark of 11:31.74, set in 2000.The last three hurdlesAdamson thought she had her best shot at state in the 100 hurdles at last weekend’s regional meet. Time for a change of plans.”I was expecting to maybe qualify in the 100 hurdles, but I got sixth,” she said. “I had just done the 300 hurdles like four times ever. So, I wasn’t expecting to qualify in that. It was a good surprise.”With a time of 48.7 seconds, a personal best, she made state. That time is just 0.7 of second off the school record, set by Sherri Campbell in 1989. (For the historians in the audience, Sherri is Jeff Campbell’s young sister.)”Now that I see my times stacked up against some other times, I’m kind of hoping I make it to finals, which would be a big deal,” Adamson said. “Mostly what I’m trying to do is break the school record.”She’s trending in the right direction. Her times have been 51, 50, 49 and 48.7 seconds, so eight-tenths of a second more isn’t a big reach.”The 300 hurdles is probably the toughest race out there, next to the 400. I’m an old 400 runner,” Pratt laughed. “They’re difficult. You have to have a lot of stamina. Those last three hurdles are brutal. The girls are tired, but Brittany can do it.”‘The baton is their friend’ The 800 relay team really represents the state of Huskies track – young and full of potential. This team has two juniors (Reigel and Richardson), a sophomore (Adamson) and a freshman anchor in Zellars. Lindbloom, the alternate, is only a junior.
Despite their youth, this team is going places. “It’s awesome. All the girls get along really, really well,” Adamson said. “I think that has a big part to do with it. We click together. We’re not afraid to give each other advice, thinking like we’re going to hurt their feelings. It’s awesome. I think we have a chance at state.”Adamson leads the quartet off because she has extensive block experience. Not only has she done the hurdles, but she was sixth at regionals in the 100. So, starting is a natural spot for her. Reigel takes the baton next and her long strides can put the Huskies in position.Richardson also bring sprinting experience in the third leg. She was seventh in the 100 at last weekend’s regionals. And then there’s Zellars, who carries the baton home.”It’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” Zellars said. “You want to get the baton so bad and just finish.”The focus all week in practice has been on the handoffs, which can make or break you at state.”The baton is their friend this weekend, for sure,” Pratt said. “We had very crisp, clean exchanges at the regional meet. So hopefully, we can match that and bring our time down.”The Huskies ran a 150.12. The 800-relay record in Eagle-Vail is 1:48.30, set by Courtney Queen, Allison Gelvin, Molly Petrie and Feldhaus.Just two seconds, ladies, and you’re on the board.