Stevens leaves his tracks at the Tiger
GRAND JUNCTION – It’s safe to say that Jonny Stevens and Tony Crisofulli are ready for regionals next weekend.Stevens lowered his own school record in the 1,600 meters finishing third with a time of 4 minutes, 29 seconds Saturday at the Tiger Invitational, the traditional Slope warmup for regionals.”Even for an athlete like Jonny, it takes a few months for him to get into (track) shape,” Huskies coach Rob Parish said. “He’s coming into form. He just hammered the last lap and caught the guy who runs anchor of Moffat (County)’s mile relay, (Michael McNichol).”And Stevens had company in the 1,600 as Crisofulli took eighth with a 4:34.38.”Until Jonny Came along, Tony would have broken the school record today,” Parish said. “Jonny and Tony are 1-2 all-time at Battle Mountain.”Stevens prequalified for state in the 1,600, and also punched his ticket for the 3,200 by a whopping 27 seconds with a 9:36.92. Stevens ran a 9:35 in the two-mile earlier this season at an invite-only meet in Arcadia, Calif. But Parish was pumped about the junior’s time, given that he ran Saturday’s race at roughly, 4,500 feet as opposed to sea level in California.The boys 400 relay team continued to show the Huskies’ development in the shorter distances, placing third with a scorching time of 44.89. That crew was the Triple A’s of Andreas Apostol, Aaron Wilcox, Ascher Robbins andhonoray A RomAine Wolford.The 3,200 squad of Crisofulli, Derek Bryon, Travis Landauer and Connor Tedstrom took fourth in 8:21.80. With Stevens likely coming into the mix for next weekend’s regional meet, the Huskies will try to make it three titles in a row in the 4-by-8. But with Moffat County winning Saturday’s race in 8:10.74, it’s going to be a challenge.”There’s a lot of pride when it comes to this race,” Parish said.Wilcox took eighth in the open 100, clocking an 11.60. Byron was sixth in the 800 with a 2:04.35.On the girls side, the 3,200 relay of Heidi Sorenson, Jamie Lee Roberts, Marit Johnsoon and Shannon O’Rourke took sixth in 10:36.85. Olivia Fauland, Sorenson, Roberts and Denton were eighth in the mile in 4:30.28.Regionals get an early start Tuesday at Battle Mountain with the Huskies and Eagle Valley competing in pole vault. The entire Slope gathers at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.