On your mark, get set, chuck | VailDaily.com

On your mark, get set, chuck

THORNTON – Just imagine it – a javelin relay.The first leg chucks the spear through the air to a waiting teammate who will catch the missile, duck it and or be impaled by it. If latter scenario does not come to fruition, the second thrower runs and chucks it again. And the process is repeated.Now, you’re playing “Survivor – The Home Game,” when it comes to track and field.Battle Mountain track and field started the season with a javelin relay at Saturday’s Horizon Relays, though the result was determined by the total distance of three individual throws instead of the much-more entertaining format of consecutive throwing/running for your life.”As far as I know, it was an injury free event,” Huskies coach Rob Parish joked.Not only that, but it was Battle Mountain’s best result in the team’s season-opening event. Though it is not a regular discipline in CHSAA track and field, Zach Steinbach, Mitch Gray and Jeremy Windham combined for fourth without piercing anyone or any small animals.”We actually brought a plastic javelin into the gym this week,” Parish said. “They were practicing all week. They were throwing it into the rafters. It was awesome.”Battle Mountain’s girls finished fifth in the discus – no one got conked on the head, rest assured – led by a personal record by Max Van Dyke with Rachel Cassidy and Karen Coats.In a more conventional relay, Connor Drumm, T.J. Simpson, Todd Walker and Derek Byron took seventh in the 3,200 meters. Travis Landauer, Byron, Shea Phelan and Jonny Stevens also were seventh in the distance medley.In the boys’ long jump, Battle Mountain hockey was represented well by Casey Kleisinger, Andreas Apostal and Byron who were seventh.Van Dyke also brought home a P.R. in the 100 hurdles.”It was a great day for all of our kids to get together in a meet,” Parish said. “They showed a lot of encouraging results. It was nice to dust of some of the rust. You can expect rust when you have 4 feet of snow on the ground.”Battle Mountain has the week off before competing in the Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand April 1.Javelins will be optional.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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