Huskies track shines in season opener |

Huskies track shines in season opener

Chris Freud
Vail, CO Colorado

BOULDER, Colorado ” Yes, it’s been a totally mellow spring by high-school sports’ standards here in the High Country.

It’s still a long ways though from what would be considered spring by most of the country, and so the Battle Mountain track and field team used its opening meet at Boulder Saturday as a workout, which ended up producing some good results.

“We joked that we had a nice training session in nice weather,” said Laurie Kleisinger, who is one of the coaches of the Huskies. “There was no wind, no clouds. Maybe, it hit 60 degrees. It was fun for our kids ” we have a lot of youngsters ” to see good competition.”

The girls led the way, finishing ninth out of 13 teams with 18 points. Sophomore Amelia Ortiz took sixth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5 minutes, 45.53 seconds., a new personal record. She also was eighth in the 3,200 with a 12:47.38.

“It’s really exciting,” Kleisinger said. “She’s really worked hard for it. She came to us last year as a hard-working freshman, and now she’s got two seasons of cross country under her belt. She’s very mature in practice. She knows her limits and how to pace herself, which is rare as a soophomore.”

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In keeping with Battle Mountain tradition, a 3,200-meter relay team did well Saturday. Ortiz, Shannon O’Rourke, Anouk Guilmineau and Alison Bukacek finished eighth in 12:05. The 800 relay was also in the points in sixth. Ellie Cahill, Olivia Fauland, Jayna Horn and Anna Padget-Shields teamed up for a 2:00:49.

Cahill finished fifth in the shot put with a throw exceeding 30 feet, a personal record. Meanwhile, Piper McMillin went for 81 feet, 2 inches and sixth in the discus.

On the boys’ side, Jake Roberstson led the way with a fifth-place finish, flying 11-6 in the pole vault. Poncho Meneses bounced a 39-1.25 in the triple jump for eighth. That was also a personal best.

Senior Charles Gladitsch led the Huskies boys team in the long-distance events.

Battle Mountain heads to the Mickey Dunn Invitational Saturday in Grand Junction.

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