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Saturday’s Vail Valley preps wrap

MONTROSE – Friday was just your average track meet for Eagle Valley – cold and windy at the Montrose Invitational.

And just like all the previous cold and windy meets this season, the Devils put up the points and the personal records.

“The runners liked the wind coming down the stretch. I don’t think the same could be said on the side (of the track),” Devils coach Jeff Shroll joked.



Neither rain nor sleet nor snow seems to stop thrower Jamie Bair. She went 35 feet, 5 inches in the shot put and 119-5 in the discus for two more wins.

The girls 1600 relay of Nikki Harvey, Casey Lammert, Erin Burnett and Kendra Clements put together a time of 4 minutes, 23.58 seconds for a silver. They finished 11 seconds behind Glenwood Springs. There is not shame in that, kids. The Demons are that good in the mile. The medley was second as well and chopped 1.5 seconds off its best time of the season.



The ladies of the 400 relay – Shila Branch, Emily Kingston, Lammert Clements – were fifth as were Harvey, Branch, Lammert and Kassi Gall in the 800. Rachel Burnett, Kelly Cassidy, Nikki Harvey and Logan Kinser teamed up for eighth in the 3,200.

Erin Burnett was in the points in both nurdles events, taking sixth in the 100 and seventh in the 300. Branch flew 15 feet in the long jump, good for fifth. Megan Osteen leapt to sixth in the high jump, followed by Kingston in seventh.

In the open two-mile, Samantha Maddox and Megan McQueeney went 7-8. And Clements keeps running 400s, finishing seventh with a 1:03.85.



“I don’t know if I’ve had an athlete like her,” Shroll said. “Every time, she runs it it’s a 63. I ask her if she wants to run the 100 or the 200. She says, ‘No, I like the 400.’ She runs the medley, the 4-by-4. I ask her if she wants to take the open 400 off and it’s nope.”

For the boys Mario Gonzalez did double duty with silver in the 1,600 and bronze in the 3,200. James Jagger continues to lower his times in the hurdles. He ran a 16.80 in the 110 and 44.69 in the 300.

Omar Saucedo zipped to bronze in the 200. He was seventh in the 100, followed by Nate Barker in eighth. David Shea, Barker, Jalen Aquino and Saucedo were third in the 400 relay and second in the 800. Aquino was also in the points in the open 400.

Shroll tinkered with the mile relay with A.J. Rhoades, Austin Rossi, Willie Aragon and Matt Kottenstette finishing seventh.

“The seniors are really showing a lot of leadership,” Shroll said. “You’ve got Emily, Omar, Jalen, James and Rachel getting their teams together and rallied at practice.”

Eagle Valley will be splitting its varsity team between the Tiger Invite in Grand Junction and the Battle Mountain Invite.

Ortiz leads Huskies

FORT COLLINS – Battle Mountain’s Amelia Ortiz threw down Friday at the Rocky Mountain Round-Up in Fort Collins.

She entered the meet ranked No. 20, two spots and 3 seconds out of the state 18. All she did was take 17 seconds of her 3,200 time, running an 11:53.79. She’s now 11th in 4A and a good 14 seconds inside the state cut. Thanks for playing and drive home safely, kids.

The Rocky Mountain Round-Up was a chance for the Huskies to run, throw and jump with the big boys and girls of 5A, and the Huskies big guns showed they can compete.

David Shearon took sixth in the mile and was fourth in the 3,200 with 10:04.04. That was only 5 seconds of the winning pace of 9:59 and the junior ran a 9:57 last week, so he’s definitely in the mix.

Those were the points, but the Huskies had numerous personal bests. Jose Marin-Garcia got P.R.s in both the shot put and the discus. Riley Babcock and Kodie Hoyt also did so in the shot.

Lindsey Huttrer got her best times in the 100 and 400. Jeffrey Fuller did the double P.R. in the 100 hurdles and the long jump as did Raymie Higgins in the 100 and 200. Samantha Katz ran her fastest 800 and Sam Engle did the same in the 3,200. Marika Cisneros got a P.R. in the discus.

And for Ortiz, her 11:53.79 was definitely a season-best.

“P.R.s all over the pace,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “We left at 6 a.m. and got back at 2 a.m. and the way the kids handled it was great.”

The good news for the Huskies get to sleep in Saturday. Battle Mountain hosts its home meet in Edwards this week.

Girls soccer

Aspen 1, Vail Mountain 0

EAST VAIL – If you want to soccer for the Vail Mountain School, now’s the time.

If you can’t joke about it, you’d be crying.

VMS lost to more players to what may be season-ending injuries in a 1-0 loss to Aspen Saturday. Kelsey Samuels left Saturday’s match with a knee injury while Katie Scruggs went out with a bad ankle.

Despite the thinning ranks, VMS managed three solid scoring chances in the second half.

“Our girls continued to play hard,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said. “They don’t back down. They don’t get discouraged during the game. They are playing principled soccer, but when you lose so many players, it manifests itself in the final third.”

With all the adversity, VMS (5-4-1 in the 3A Slope) can still make the playoffs and wear the coveted orange. The Gore Rangers will have a busy week with four games. Monday is Vail Christian and Tuesday is Rangely. Both are at The Bob. VMS plays Coal Ridge on both Thursday and Friday.

Schedule machinations

Eagle Valley baseball at Steamboat was snowed out Saturday. The teams plan to play the doubleheader Tuesday in Steamboat at 2 and 4 p.m. If the Sailors’ field isn’t ready, the twinbill will be shifted to Gypsum.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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