Rodrick misses school record by one second
AURORA – One out of two ain’t bad.Battle Mountain’s Crystin Rodrick had hopes of finishing in the top nine in Saturday’s 3,200 state final at Legacy Stadium and breaking the school record of 5 minutes, 25 seconds. She crossed off the first goal – finishing seventh behind Pueblo Central’s Calah Sanchez – but was just off the Huskies’ all-time pace by one second. Yes, one second. Rodrick finished in 5:25.62.Arwyn Becker’s name will remain on the record board for one more year and serve as daily motivation.Saturday’s unforgiving temperatures could be blamed for the the one second.If it would have been a few degrees cooler, well …
“Today was just one of those days where you have to dig deep down inside and figure out how much you want it,” Rodrick said. “It was pretty hot outside, but I think I didn’t think about the heat too much because yesterday it was almost 100 degrees outside. It was hot (today), but it was a little cooler.”Rodrick did have one advantage – and it wasn’t the track spikes that she wore for the first time ever. She said she could definitely breathe easier running at lower altitude.Rodrick’s time was 10 seconds faster than the mark she set at regionals in Grand Junction last weekend and more than 30 seconds faster than the fastest mile she had ever run before the start of the season.Just mentioning those numbers, coach Rob Parish said, more than proved Rodrick’s grit.”She’s extremely close, but sometimes those things are actually great motivators,” Parish said. “She’ll get it. She probably could have gotten that extra second if it wasn’t so hot, but she beat her time by another 10 seconds from last week. That’s awesome.”3,200 relay seventh
For seniors Grant Stevenson and Zach Erickson, Saturday’s 3,200 relay final was about leaving it all on the track. The school-record setting team, which also features Travis Landauer and Shea Phelan, finished seventh overall, running an 8:12:02. Phelan, who ran the opening leg, was the only runner who had enough breath to talk after the race concluded.”We wanted to do really well,” he said. “By looking at us, you can tell we left it all on the track. It was a little lower than we expected, but there’s nothing to be too disappointed about because we all had incredible years.”An incredible year, as in the team broke the school record by more than 20 seconds and finished first at regionals. Parish said the team was a magical group. “It was a phenomenal way to close out the season, especially for Grant and Zach,” he said. “We talked about it a little bit after they were done. Overall, when we look back at this season and just what they accomplished, such as lowering the school record by an improbable 20 seconds, and winning regionals and beating some of our arch rivals, you couldn’t ask for anything more.”Jonathan Stevens also competed for the Huskies Saturday in the pole-vaulting final, but failed to place because he was unable to clear the opening height of 11 feet.
“He got close,” Parish said. “He’s only a freshman, so he’s got three more years.”Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Vail, Colorado
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