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Huskies strong at Greeley Invite

Chris FreudVail CO, Colorado

GREELEY – There is not time to make a run for a bite to eat if you’re watching Battle Mountain track and field.Usually, you watch the 3,200-meter boys’ relay and then have a break until the mile and so on. Now, you’d better pack a lunch. The Huskies’ boys team scored in every event except the long and high jumps on the way to fourth place at the Greeley Invitational.”As a team, as a coaching staff, we’re super excited to have this group of great athletes,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “We’re really excited to have balance on our team. We’ve been working to bring a balanced team, not just to have rock-star athletes in certain areas.”The rock stars are still there in the distances. It’s just that there are just a few new names. The aforementioned 3,200 won again with Travis Landauer, Derek Byron, Mario Gonzalez and Erik Garcia. That would mean no Jonny Stevens and Tony Crisofulli, a testament to the depth of the Huskies in this event.Fear not, Stevens was third in the two mile followed by T.J. Simpson, and Gonzalez in fourth and fifth, respectively. Stevens took third also in the mile, followed by Crisofulli in fifth. And not to be let out Crisofulli was second in the 800, so his leg of the 3,200 relay is still in good shape.The Triple A’s also are moving on to rock-star status at Battle Mountain. Ascher Robbins, Aaron Wilcox, Andreas Apostol, along with honorary A, Todd Walker, were second in the 400. Mitch Gray chucked his way to silver in the shot put and was sixth in the discus. Punky Carlos took seventh in the shot, 10 inches behind Gray.The sprinters keep coming along. Robbins was sixth in the 100. Walker and Robbins raced to sixth and eighth in the 200. Lord Byron was eighth in the 400. The mile relay was again in the points in fifth with Byron, Walker, Landauer and Garcia. Hockey continued to represent with Jason Funk seventh in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Gio Brown finished eighth in the triple jump.The Huskies technically got points in the pole vault, even though it wasn’t contested in Greeley. Levi Horn won the event up in West Grand at the Joe Shields Invitational for good measure.

Track and field requires good athletes. It also requires math. As Eagle Valley displays every week, it’s not just the medal winners who contribute, but a team needs athletes picking up points in the fourth through eighth spots.Max VanDyke did that for the girls’ team with points in her four events, helping the girls’ team to seventh place. She was fourth in the 100 hurdles, fourth in the discus, fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the triple jump.Kayleigh Quintana topped the Huskies with a third in the discus, and added a sixth in the shot. Cecilia Garcia logged in at fifth in the mile.The relays also put up points. Maddy Trtanj, Katie Denton, Kelsey Comerford and Kate Epstein were sixth in the 400. In the 800, Trtanj, Denton, Heidi Sorenson and Epstein to fifth. Garcia, Johnson, Sorenson and Shannon O’Rourke teamed up in the 3,200 for sixth. The mile team of Olivia Fauland, Amber Webb, Denton and O’Rourke was also sixth.The Huskies will split into two squads next weekend. The boys’ 3,200 team, as well as Stevens in the open 3,200, are off to the Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational, an invitation-only event. The rest of the Huskies head to Palisade.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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