Huskies successfully defend the home front |

Huskies successfully defend the home front

Andrew Harley
Vail Daily/Shane Macomber Battle Mountain's Ken Roberts stretches himself as far as he can for his landing at a track and field meet Thursday at Battle Mountain High School.

Smiles and encouragement defeated the blistering winds and cold Thursday at the Battle Mountain track during the Huskies’ home meet.

Though many students ran epic distances, Battle Mountain track coach Lance Pratt may have moved the most. The Beatles’ lyric rang true (in a way), as Pratt seemed quite happy to run around the track in control of the warm starter’s gun while a brutal wind blew. Plus, the Huskies’ boys and girls both won the meet.

The Battle Mountain boys won with 113 points. The Eagle Valley boys took second with 36 points, and Aspen placed third with 23 points. The Huskies girls won with 92 points, while the Skiers took second with 53 and the Devils placed third with 37 points.

“It’s a great feeling to win your home meet,” said Battle Mountain coach Kelli Whitter. “The kids went out and performed like top athletes on a day that was definitely challenging for weather and conditions. It was cold and windy, but we had some PRs (personal records) today and the kids went out and did an outstanding job on the track.”

Westbound lanes of the track gave competitors an energetic boost, while eastbound lanes gusted hard against the runners, jumpers and hurlers.

“A highlight was that the kids got to choose their events, which is an unusual thing,” said Whitter. “There were some new combinations that seemed to work really well.”

“The girls medley definitely looked strong,” said Whitter. “And in the 4-by-100, the girls threw it together.”

Other winners for the Battle Mountain girls were Adamson, who won the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.19 seconds, the 100 hurdles with an 18.13 and the triple jump with a leap of 30 feet, 8 inches. The Huskies girls 400 relay team – Zellers, Kate Epstein, Adamson and Megan Reigel – won in 56.19 seconds; Jane Lettovska won the 200 in 31.05; Paige Bennett won the 3200 in 14 minutes, 58 seconds; Lauren Prewitt tossed the furthest discus at 89 feet, 2 inches; Christina Jacobson won the shot put with a throw of 27 feet, 6 inches; Lettovska won the long jump with a leap of 13 feet, 2.5 inches.

The Huskies boys crushed their competition.

“For the boys, some of our distance team turned in some great performances in shorter races like the 400,” said Whitter. “We saw some of our sprint crew turn in some outstanding middle-distance races.”

The Battle Mountain boys 3200 relay team – Charlie Coats, T.J. Simpson, Eric Garcia and Travis Landauer – started things off with a come-from-behind win over Aspen, finishing with a time of 10:05. The Huskies’ Grant Stevenson won the mile again with at time of 5:16, and he set a Huskies season record in the 3200.

Huskies’ Zach Erickson made a huge move 200 meters through the 800, and nobody could catch him. He won by more than 70 meters.

Battle Mountain took first, second and third – Travis Scholl, Coats and Landauer – in the boys 200. Cody Stackpole won the discus with a toss of 120 feet, 3.25 inches and he won the shot put; Alex Vu won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 4.75 inches; Ken Roberts won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. He also won the pole vault and tied for first with Jeff Schadl in the triple jump.

“Long jump, triple jump, high jump had to work hard against the wind, and they all did well,” said Whitter.

For the Devils, Max Vogelman won the 110 hurdles with a 19:50; Ben Rogers won the first mile of the 3200, but fell to second after Stevenson made his move; Chelsea Craig won the pole vault and Bryony Hiland won the 300 hurdles.

“These were mostly the young kids and the JV kids, and I thought they did pretty well,” said Eagle Valley coach Randy Rohweder. “A lot of these younger kids only take three or four entries at the big, varsity meets – they don’t have anywhere else to throw – so the more small meets that we can get them into will hopefully keep them with the program longer. They need the experience.”

The Huskies and the Devils head to Rifle on Saturday for a meet at 10 a.m.

“It’s always a confidence booster to head into a meet and come away a winner,” said Whitter. “It was a hard, good training day for us. Tomorrow, we’ll rest up a bit and head to Rifle fresh.”

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