Saturday’s preps wrap |

Saturday’s preps wrap

Chris Freud
Vail, CO Colorado

BOULDER – We’re pretty sure that was Sydney Gaylord running the 3,200 Saturday.

There were a few cars on the infield at Boulder with headlights going and spectators were kind enough to use their cellphones to provide some light down in Boulder as the two-mile race was wrapping up Saturday in Battle Mountain’s season opener.

The meet took so long that organizers called off the mile relay, but the Huskies had plenty of good news to report.

“Oh, man, we are at where we would be halfway through the season,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “To have these results – with it being the first meet, all the anxiety, all the nerves – was so much fun. We could not be more excited.”

And, ladies and gentlemen, that’s your first “We could not be more excited” quote of the season from Krum. If you had March 10, you won the pool.

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We kid, but there’s reason for a lot of excitement.

The distance-medley team of Tesha Olsen, Sophia Calabrese, Val Constein and Mandy Ortiz set a school record with a time of 13 minutes, 36 seconds. This is not the regular medley, and not a state event, but breaking a new mark by 35 seconds is pretty cool and it shows that the Huskies will be very solid in the 800, 1,600 and so on.

And, yes, there will be cake at practice on Monday. (Battle Mountain track and field tradition dictates lots of icing with the breaking of a school record.)

Isabelle Courtois was fifth in the 100, and third in the 200. Brooke White was fifth in the triple jump, third in the high jump and sixth in the 300 hurdles. Both of them also picked up points on relays for big overall days.

Logan Garcia also went 4 feet, 6 inches in the high jump for sixth.

The 400 relay of Katie Matarese, Andrea Kjielberg and Isabelle and Sophia Calabrese zipped to sixth. The 800 relay of White, Katia Lopez, Matarese and Courtois was second only to 5A Fort Collins. The same was the case for the 3,200 team of Constein, Olsen, Sophia Calabrese and Ortiz.

Jose Marin-Garcia started the season in a big way, going 130 feet in the discus. That’s a personal record for him by a whopping 11 feet.

And the school’s football team came together to form a darn good relay team on the boys’ side. Paton Lovett, Jake Engle, Chris Libertini and Reeve Sanders posted a 1:34 in the 800 relay, good for fourth. The same quartet was fifth in the 400 relay.

“The kids worked really hard in the offseason, and they’re seeing the results of that work,” Krumlauf said.

The Huskies are Windsor next week, while Eagle Valley starts the season at Montrose.

Boys lacrosse

Devils, Montes blank Durango

GYPSUM – All hail, Fidel Montes.

The Eagle Valley lacrosse player is one of the team’s captains and usually one of the Devils attackers. But with the team’s starting goalie at a hockey tournament Saturday, Montes got the call to play goalie and all he did was help Eagle Valley blank Durango, 6-0, in Gypsum.

How cool is that?

“He’s a captain, an attackman and he leads our team in save percentage,” Devils coach Ted Boddy joked.

Montes was 9-for-9 in that department, as the Devils broke open a defensive stalemate in the second quarter.

“It was our transition game that got us going,” Boddy said. “We were pushing the ball and picking up more outlet passes and getting it up the field better.”

Henry Smirl to Daniel Vargas got it going in transition, and started the Devils (1-1) nicely. Sam Boyd led Eagle Valley with two tallies. Vargas had two assists to go with his goal. Johnny Bailey, and Jesus Garcia also found the back of the net.

Eagle Valley heads to Aspen Wednesday for its next game.


Cheyenne Mountain tops Huskies, 4-0

EDWARDS – That would be Cheyenne Mountain, ladies and gentlemen.

The visiting Indians bounced Battle Mountain soccer, 4-0, Saturday afternoon in Edwards. A reminder to all that Cheyenne Mountain is one of the best programs in the state. Battle Mountain lost to the Indians, 8-0 last year.

“One of the things we’ve been talking about is improving on every result from last year,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “Using measuring that measuring stick, we’re 2-0.”

It was certainly a better result than last year, but Cope was spinning a bit there. The Huskies (1-1) host Glenwood Springs Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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