No time for a break: Devils girls take second place
PALISADE – Depleted because of spring break? It wasn’t a problem for the Eagle Valley girls’ track and field team at Palisade Saturday. All the Lady Devils did was finish second behind 5A Fruita Monument.”Because of spring break, I didn’t run a medley, didn’t have our varsity 4-by-2 (relay) together,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “I didn’t have our varsity 4-by-4 together. Sasha (Pickslay-Zamora) wasn’t there for high jump or the 800 (meters). That gives us a good vibe. That’s supper-exciting to see our girls second in a spring break meet.”Also under the category of super exciting was that Ashley Rohweder, Amy Thompson and the girls’ 400-meter relay team prequalified for state.Rohweder blitzed the field in the 300 hurdles for a win in a time of 46.28 seconds. That mark broke her own school record. Sierra Pickslay-Zamora, Hattie Higgins, Shaylynn Nelson and Rohweder were golden in the 400 relay (50.65).”Originally they thought they missed prequalifying. When they found out they pretty much mugged me,” Shroll joked.
Thompson qualified for Denver in both the discus (first place, 36 feet, 1 inch) and the discus (second place,116-1).”I remember driving by the high school during football season when the guys were practicing and there’s Amy in the snow flurries throwing the discus,” Shroll said. “She’s been out working and in the weight room. She’s really attacked the season. It’s paid off. Now she’s going to the big dance.”Rohweder continued her busy day, winning the 200 in 26.54 and taking fourth in the 100. Higgins was fourth in the 200 (27.35). The 800 team of Michelle Parmenter, Bryonny Hiland, Nelson and Pickslay-Zamora got in on the act, finishing third with a time of 1 minute, 54.87 seconds.Kacey Bair was third in both the discus and the shot, while Jackie Eberhard finished seventh in the disc.He jumps, he runs
Credit assistant track coach Pat Gabriel with a good call regarding Mike Smith.”Coach Gabriel is the one who came to me and said, ‘Coach, I think you’ve got to consider going with Mike in the 100 and 200,'” Shroll said. “I really hadn’t though much about it.”It seems to be working well. Smith, in the second 200 of his career Saturday, finished fourth with a time of 23.08. In his first gander in the 100, he was third (11.43). Smith’s also pretty good in jumping. He won the high jump with a leap of 6-5. That would have been good enough to prequalify him for state even though he already is set for the dance in this event. In the long jump, Smith flew 21-6, good for second and just 1.5 inches away from prequalifying.In the mile, Jamie Fahrmeyer blazed to sixth in a time of 4:41.25. He’s going to have to wait until Monday to find out if that’s a school record. Shroll thinks he’s close, but he couldn’t check by the time the team returned from Palisade because Eagle Valley’s campus was locked up.
Fahrmeyer was fourth in the 800 with a 2:07.81. Colt Nelson recorded a personal best in the 3,200 with a time of 10:46.44.Battle Mountain, with its 3,200-relay runners at the prestigious Arcadia (Calif.) Invitational and most of the rest of the team on break, had a few noteworthy performances in Palisade. Mario Gonzalez finished seventh in the open 3,200 (10:54.45). Kodi Wyatt leapt to eighth in the high jump (5-8). On the girls’ side, Max Van Dyke was seventh in the 100 hurdles with a personal record of 17.44.Eagle Valley heads to the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs Saturday, while Battle Mountain will take the week off.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.