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The marathon continues through cold

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
BMT Brendon Wright SM 4-24-07
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EAGLE-VAIL – With most kids competing in their third meet in five days, the concern wasn’t as much about breaking records at Battle Mountain’s track and field Invitational Tuesday’s.”We’ve had a busy last five days,” said Battle Mountain coach Rob Parish. “Everything is crunched in the last two weeks because our spring break was so late.”It wasn’t about placing. This meet was to see what kids could do in different events.”And the meet was also a test of dedication to stretching and staying warm. As the temperatures dropped into the high 30’s, competitors moved from inside the gym to the track, kept in constant motion and had to be quick taking off and putting back on their sweatpants and sweatshirts.Even with light flurries, several set new personal records or came quite close. Battle Mountain’s Andreas Apostol went 19 feet, 7 inches to win the long jump, his best performance of the year and only two inches shy of his longest.”It felt awesome mainly because this year I haven’t been close to my personal record, so it was a big relief to get that,” Apostol said.The Huskies’ Aaron Wilcox jetted to a win in the 100 meters in 11.09 seconds.”It’s very surprising because I’m more of a hot-weather person,” Wilcox said. “I had to take easy steps (warming up) because I didn’t want to pull anything.”

Behind Wilcox with fast times were Eagle Valley’s Mike Smith (11.23) and Michael Medsker (11.29) along with Battle Mountain’s Ascher Robbins (11.38).Todd Walker won both the 200 and 400 for the Huskies, who took the boys’ meet with 117 points. Eagle Valley was second with 59, while Soroco was third with 11.Battle Mountain’s Mitch Gray won both throw events, while teammate TJ Simpson won the 1,600 and Tony Crissofuli won the 3,200. The Huskies’ Eli Robertson cleared 11-0 in the pole vault for the win with Jason Funk claiming first in the 110 hurdles and Derek Byron tops in the 800.For the Devils, Smith pulled in his usual share of points, winning the high jump and triple jump, while Brendon Wright won the 300 hurdles.Both Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain had distance runners compete in shorter events with considerable success.”The longer (distance) guys worked on their short game just to try and increase their turnover,” Parish said. “They need to be quick to finish well.”Eagle Valley’s 1,600 relay team edged out it’s second relay team, as well as Battle Mountain’s.”Our ‘B’ team was in front when I got the baton,” said Eagle Valley’s Kyle Simonett, who ran the final leg for the “A” team and crossed the finish first. “It’s always a fun race to win.”

TrifectaEagle Valley’s Bryonney Hiland can go fast, fly high and do both in the same race. Hiland won the 100, the pole vault and the 100 hurdles, scoring 30 points for her team, which finished in first with 97.5. Battle Mountain was second with 61.5, while Soroco was third with 37.The Devils’ Hattie Higgins won both the 400 and 200.”You want to do well for yourself, but since you are running against your teammates, you get that extra push and it makes it fun, and there’s not as much pressure,” Higgins said.Higgins was also part of the 400 relay team that won.Battle Mountain’s Shannon O’Rourke won the 3,200 in only her second time racing in the event, while teammate Cecilia Garcia won the 1,600 by 30 seconds.While she may not have won any events, Battle Mountain’s Max VanDyke tried her hand in a few new events.



“I’m planning on doing the heptathlon (in college),” VanDyke said. “It went pretty well. I did the high jump and technically had a (personal record) in that.”VanDyke – who usually competes in hurdles, the triple jump and the 800 relay – was third in the open 800, fourth in the 100, and second in the high jump. She also threw the shotput.”I practiced high jump once (Monday) and I’ve thrown the shot twice this whole year,” VanDyke said.The Huskies’ Jenna Bearisto won the long jump.Eagle Valley’s Sasha Pickslay-Zamora won the high jump by six inches, while teammate Amy Thompson won the discus, Kacey Bair won the shotput and Shaylynn Nielson won the 100.Friday, the Huskies are at Moffat and the Devils are at Montrose.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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