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Next meet, it counts most for Devils

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Every track meet matters to athletes and coaches, but there certainly is a hierarchy.

Prequalifying meets, where you can punch your ticket to the state meet, are important. But next week, at regionals, everything counts. So, by that logic, this past weekend’s Tiger Invitational, a prequalifying meet, was pretty important.

While Eagle Valley didn’t prequalify any athletes, the Devils got a good gauge of where they stand heading into regionals.

“We did OK. It’s a super-competitive meet,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll. “We’ll have to be on our ‘A’ game. If we can keep everyone healthy and put together the right combinations, we’ll be OK.”

One group Shroll will surely stick with is his girls 400-meter relay team of Emily Kingston, Shaylynn Nielson, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder. The girls came in at a blazing 51.53 seconds, good for second place.

“They did a good job, as tough as the field was,” Shroll said.

In the open 100, Kingston and Nielson went sixth (13.50) and eighth (13.70), respectively.

Pickslay-Zamora had a breakout day in the open 200, taking third at 27.32

“It was nice getting her back into good form,” Shroll said.

In the 100 hurdles, Rohweder took fifth at 16.94, while Angela Phillips was seventh at 17.12. Rohweder pushed through a leg injury and took seventh in her marquee event, the 300 hurdles (she had the second-fastest qualifying time).

“We’ll try to get her healthy this week,” Shroll said.

Sasha Pickslay-Zamora went 4 feet, 10 inches in the high jump to take fourth, while Jackie Eberhard had her best throw of the year in the discus at 101-11, good for seventh.

On the boys side, a sick Jamie Fahrmeyer came within 0.2 seconds of prequalifying for the state meet in the 1,600, but still extended his school record. Fahrmeyer took fourth at 4:32.84.

“You can get a great race out of him, but then he’s coughing up something fierce after,” Shroll said. “He still had a great effort today.”

In order to qualify for state at regionals, Fahrmeyer will have to be in the top three, or improve his time by 0.2 seconds.

“If we can keep him healthy, I think he’ll be all right,” Shroll said.

Chris Brubeck took fifth in the triple jump at 39-3 1/2.

The 3,200 relay team, without the services of Fahrmeyer, took seventh at 8:42.24. Shroll added Eddie Campos to regulars Joe Trujillo, Andrew Hill and Griffin Turnipseed for the squad.

“Everyone that normally runs dropped three or four seconds off their best legs,” Shroll said. “I told the guys, just keep Battle Mountain in spitting distance.”

Zak Thrall had his best shot put throw of the year, going 45-7 3/4, good for fifth.

“That was a great throw for him ” he’s improving a foot at a time,” Shroll said.

In a deep 800 field, Harrison Neal placed eighth at 23.81.

The 400 relay team of Omar Saucedo, Pavel Pavlov, Uv Trujillo and Neal chopped close to one-and-a-half seconds off its top time, coming in at 46.82 for eighth. Eric Kline was eighth in the 110 hurdles at 16.85.

Shroll will give his team a light week of practice.

“We’ll be tapering. Our workouts will be shorter and easier. We’ll work on the technical things like starting blocks and just try to get everyone healthy,” he said.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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