Rifle wins against strong valley wind
Eighteen schools from all over the mountains came to the valley to participate in the event. Rifle won the boys’ overall by a solid 56 points and Rifle girls track also took first, narrowly defeating Glenwood Springs by 2.5 points.
Eagle Valley posted strong scores from both genders; the boys came in second and the girls took fifth.
“I have no complaints,” said Eagle Valley track head coach Jeff Shroll. “We’ve been working hard.”
The Vail Christian girls came in ninth overall led by Leslie Peterson and Rachel Glandorf.
“It was a good day,” said coach Bob Isbel. “Leslie Peterson came in second with a great 400-meters.”
The Vail Christian boys 400 relay team combined for a time of 48.50 seconds, which was good enough for fifth place.
“I am very pleased with our results,” said Isbel. “The girls have been working well. The guys four-by-100 team were pretty good. Overall, I’m pleased.”
Isbel was especially pleased with Rachel Glandorf, who ran an extra event for Vail Christian – the 3200.
“She normally runs the 800 and the mile relay,” said Isbel. “But she said she wanted to run the two miles “just to workout.'”
And the workout came with the bonus of a fourth-place finish.
Arguably, the most exciting finish of the day came from Eagle Valley’s Everet Minett in the boys 800-meter run. Minett, who trailed the West Grand leader by a steady thirty meters for most of the race, shot ahead of the field against an abrasive wind in the last 100 meters, missing the school record by only half of a second.
“It was a great race,” said Minett. “I’m used to going out really fast and leading from the beginning, but I had to catch this guy in the last hundred.”
Freshman Wes Minett also had a good day with a fifth-place finish in the 400 and strong performances in two relays.
Eagle Valley’s Kim Smith dominated the girls long-distance field as usual with first-place finishes in the 1600 and the 800.
“They’re all doing great; we have a bunch of leaders,” Eagle Valley first-year coach Nanci Almonte said of the long-distance runners. “Kim Smith, Everett and Wes Minett and Ethan Vroman who is looking good at the mile.”
Battle Mountain High School boys track came eighth with 20 points and the girls finished in twelfth.
Battle Mountain’s Emily Bradshaw came in fourth in the girls discus and Jenna Gilbert finished fifth, Jared Cliver hurdled his way into third in the boys 300 and Chris Roberts finished fourth in the boys high jump.
Eagle Valley’s Jason Gamble had the most dominant day, coming in first in all four of his events. Gamble had a six-foot high jump, and a 27-foot, one-quarter inch long jump. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.17 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 41.16 seconds.
Alex Gamble also showed off his leaping abilities with a 39-foot, 6.25-inch triple jump. Eagle Valley’s Jake Brock came in third in the boys 3200-meter run, Shaun Baldwin came in third in the boys long jump, Laura Sandoval finished second in the girls long jump, Jean Romersheuser came in fifth among the girls shot-putters, Jessie Stiles finished sixth in the girls 300-meter hurdles and Jessica Medsker came in fourth in the girls high jump and sixth in the 800-meter run.
“We have to work on relays, on crisp, clean handoffs,” said Shroll. “We’ll be working hard this week because our next race is pre-qualifying at West Grand in Kremmling.”
Andrew Harley can be contacted at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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