Kissinger leads Huskies in Gypsum
GYPSUM<Battle Mountain shot putter Seth Kissinger calls track and field “my chill sport.”That’s not to say that Kissinger doesn’t take his throwing duties seriously. It’s just that compared with football and wrestling, throwing is a little less intense. After all, Kissinger is not on a mat facing a 275-pounder who wants to knock him off his block.”It’s just a 12-pound ball so it’s a little bit different,” Kissinger joked.Chill sport or not, Kissinger threw for 47 feet, 2 1/2 inches to win the shot put title at the Eagle Valley Invitational Saturday to lead the Huskies’ contingent in the team’s first full meet of the season.”You figure that kid is coming off knee surgery. He’s doing really, really well,” said Huskies throwing coach Pat Phelan, who was celebrating his approximately 35th birthday Saturday. “He certainly had the meet that we wanted him to have and it’s still early in the season. I think he’s going to do a lot better.”The same could be said of the entire team in its first outing of 2002. The Huskies boys finished seventh in the deep field with 24 points, while the girls were 14th with 14 1/2 points. Class 5A Fruita Monument won the meet going away with 159 points on the boys’ side and 85 on the girls’ side.Battle Mountain’s Allison Myers served notice that she plans on having a good season. She tied her own school record of nine feet in the pole vault, good for second. With that vault, she exceeded the state-qualifying height of 8 feet, 6 inches. in her first outing of the season.Myers also tied for sixth in the high jump with a height of 4-6.The boys’ team also did some damage at the vaulting pit. Jared Cliver finished second with an 11-6. Vaulting coach Charlie Alexander expects that Cliver will up that figure in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, freshman Ken Roberts was a pleasant surprise, taking fifth.Other podium finishers included Doug Mason who was fourth in the 300 hurdles, while Emily Bradshaw and Jenna Gilbert were fourth and fifth, respectively in the discus.Battle Mountain’s next meet is Saturday at Palisade.
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