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Stevens, Horn lead Huskies’ track and field

KREMMLING – Jonny Stevens won the first race of his high school career Saturday at the Joe Shields Invitational, taking the 3,200 meters in 10 minutes, 35 seconds.Battle Mountain coach Rob Parish hopes it’s the first of many triumphs for the sophomore cross-country and track star. The same goes for Levi Horn who captured gold in the pole vault with a leap of 12 feet. Those two performances highlighted a solid showing at West Grand’s meet for Huskies track and field, which had about a third of their crew on hand because of spring break. The boys finished seventh overall, while the girls were 11th.”We were really pleased with the experience, especially considering we didn’t have a lot of our big guns,” Parish said. “We had a lot of people who got the opportunity to compete.”Particularly noteworthy was Andreas Apostal, competing after his father, Peter, passed away Wednesday. The junior was fifth in the long jump (17 feet, 10 inches), He also was on the point-scoring teams of the boys’ 400 relay with Aaron Wilcox, Przemeck Kedrowski and Horn and the 800 (Kedrowski, Wilcox and Ernesto Estrada).”That was a very courageous effort, considering the circumstances,” Parish said.Jamie Lee Roberts and T.J. Simpson picked up bronzes. Roberts ran the 800 in 2:49, while Simpson clocked a 10:50 in the 3,200. Wilcox also was third in the 100, breaking 12 seconds with a 11.94. The sophomore scampered to fifth in the 200 (25.3).Shea Phelan picked up fifth in the mile with a time of 5:08. Kodi Wyatt flew to sixth in the high jump (5-4) and eighth in the pole vault (9). Estrada, in his first races, got t Rookie of the Day honors, taking 10th in the mile and ninth in the 800.Girls get a kickGirls’ soccer, coached by David Cope, had a break from the schedule, so Parish lined up Kelsey Sanders, Julia Burnett, Roberts and Christina Harrison in the 800 relay. Cope’s crew took fourth in 2:01. No word on whether the baton was kicked during the exchanges.Sanders was also ninth in the 1,600, while Cecilia Garcia punched in at fifth in the 3,200 (14:02).In relay action, Stevens, Phelan, Simpson and Harrison Huntoon teamed up for fourth in the boys’ 3,200 (9:03). Their female counterparts, Ellicott Dandy, Carrie Wild, Garcia and Joslyn Funez were sixth. In the girls’ 1,600, Roberts, Wild, Amber Webb and Dandy took sixth. Rachel Cassidy, Maddy Trtanj, Burnett and Harrison combined for seventh in the 400.Eagle Valley and Vail Christian both were idle for spring break. All three Eagle County teams will gather for the Eagle Valley Invite Saturday in Gypsum at Hot Stuff Stadium, starting at 9 a.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or Vail, Colorado

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