Parrish sets Huskies 110-meter hurdles mark

LOVELAND — Crack out the Member’s Only jacket and the Journey albums.

Battle Mountain track and field went a bit retro back to the ‘80s at Thursday’s R2-J Invite in Loveland.

There, Demetrius Parrish shattered the school’s record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.86 seconds. That mark had stood since 1986 and was held by Pete Stephenson.

In a nice moment of social media, Stephenson found out about it on Facebook and wrote, “Congratulations Demetrius! I am very proud of you and I believe the tradition says I owe you a steak dinner for breaking my record. I will do my best to come see you compete in a meet and will cheer you on to setting even higher standards. I look forward to shaking your hand young man!”

If CHSAA is reading this and the steak is a violation, then Stephenson will not get Parrish a steak. If not, then eat up, Parrish.

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Thursday’s record performance is a great moment for the senior who seems to be having a breakout season for the Huskies. He scored in four events in one meet earlier this season. He jumps, he hurdles and he runs on relay teams.

“We’re so happy for D,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “He’s a hard worker and the epitome of a multi-sport athlete. He’s flourishing and it’s fun to watch.”

Another highlight from Thursday was Jordan Brandt winning the 800. Apparently, that race isn’t that tough since the senior is three-for-four this season in winning at that distance.

The sound you just heard was assistant coach Tony Crisofulli putting a squid in someone’s car. In all seriousness, the 800 is one of the hardest to run.

“The most impressive thing about her running is that she’s so intelligent,” Parish said. “The 800 is a strategic game. She’s learning the tactics. It’s hard to lead the race for a substantial amount of time. She took over the lead at the precise point.”

The Huskies are in action again on Friday at the Liberty Bell.


Gore Rangers soccer rolling

Right now, the only thing that can stop Vail Mountain School soccer is the snow.

The Gore Rangers knocked off Roaring Fork, 3-0, on Tuesday and Rilfe, 4-0, on Thursday.

Sammy Gish has been on a rampage of late, scoring twice against the Rams and then having a hat trick against the Bears. Emma Hall and Maddie Cooper also had goals in the victories.

VMS (7-0) does not play Denver Christian today as scheduled because of this weekend’s snowstorm. The Gore Rangers are at Front Range Christian on Monday in a makeup game.


Devils pound Delta

Think Jessica Adams was frustrated about not scoring against Grand Junction on Wednesday?

Well, she and the rest of the Eagle Valley soccer team took it out on Delta, 5-1, on Friday at a very wet John Ramunno Field in Gypsum.

“It was one of those games where the girls were hungry to win a game,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “They went after it and it was awesome to see.”

Adams had a hat trick for Eagle Valley (4-4-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the Slope), while Hana Berge and Camille Petterson also scored.

After drying out, the Devils are at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.


Fruita tops Huskies lax

It wasn’t a win, but it was much better.

Battle Mountain boys lacrosse dropped a heartbreaker to Fruita Monument, 12-10, in a monsoon on Friday in Fruita.

The Huskies (4-4) played much better than they did earlier in the week against the Vail Mountain School and that was a step.

“Our first goal was to be more disciplined and we had only one 30-second penalty the entire game,” Huskies coach Kevin Nichols said. “We also needed to get our attack going.”

And since seven of the Huskies 10 goals came from the attackers, the Huskies could check that box as well.

Kevin Nichols had five goals, both Tucker Morrow and Jeremy Sforzo scored twice and Tome Boyne also found the net.

Battle Mountain hosts Summit County on Tuesday.


In other preps news, it snowed a lot.

Battle Mountain soccer’s game against Steamboat Springs was scrubbed. The ladies played a little snow rugby instead.

Huskies baseball never had a chance with regard to weather in Rifle, and Eagle Valley lacrosse against Steamboat Springs never got off the ground.

Reschedules are pending.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.

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