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Robert Shearon/Special to the DailyBattle Mountain's Val Constien breaks the school's 800-meter record Friday in Loveland.
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LOVELAND – Battle Mountain track and field has broken five school records this week and hasn’t competed in its “main meet” of the week yet – today’s gathering at Rifle.

It’s shaping up to be a pretty good week.

The Huskies sent some of their top athletes to the Loveland Invite Friday afternoon and Val Constien (800 meters), Mandy Ortiz (1,600), and the medley relay of Katie Matarese, Brooke White, Isabelle Courtois and Katia Lopez all wrote or rewrote themselves into the Battle Mountain record book.

Throw in that Zach Guida and Molly Childers got school marks Wednesday in pole vault and the celebratory cakes for such occasions is piling up. Before one knows it, the Huskies might be having to watch their weight.

“The cake could be counterproductive,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf joked. “We’re still training really hard. We haven’t started tapering.”

Constien’s time of 2 minutes, 17.09 seconds in the800 knocked Holly Stanish out of the record books by 3 seconds. And as a side note, not only did Stanish go on to play basketball at CU, but then she transferred to Montana State where she became a running teammate of some guy named Rob Parish.

Constien finished third in her race, as did Ortiz in the 1,600. Ortiz clocked a 5:18, which breaks her old mark.

“They earned what they did today by running in the snow at Singletree during the winter,” Huskies distance coach Rob Parish said. “This is part of a progression.”

The progression seems to be happening for a lot of Huskies. The medley team (1:53.53) broke their mark, which had stood for nearly two weeks, so maybe all involved shouldn’t be so comfortable when it comes to etching their names onto the record board in the gym.

The 3,200 relay of Jenai Denardo, Christina Shearon, Tesha Olsen and Morgan Croke took fourth in 10:12.44. The 800 squad of Matarese, White, Lopez and Courtois punched in at 1:49.3 for silver. The 400 team took sixth. Substitute LaRose Currie for Courtois from the last team and that is the 4-by-1 team.

Bridget Courtois snagged third in the open 3,200 in 12:37. Logan Carlson went 4 feet, 11 inches in high jump for fourth. Denardo flew 15-1 in the long jump for eighth. Isabelle Courtois was third in the 300 hurdles, followed by White in sixth. Bailey Garton and Childers went second and third in the pole vault.

On the boys’ side, Guida won the pole vault, topping out at 14-1. Paton Lovett was fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 100.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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