Titles for Huskies’ 3200 boys and Rodrick
GRAND JUNCTION The Huskies doubled their pleasure Saturday at 4A regionals in Grand Junction.For the first time in three years, the Huskies produced not one, but two regional champions. The boys 3,200 team of Shea Phelan, Travis Landauer, Zach Erickson and Grant Stevenson are the best in the Slope and on their way to state. This quartet shares the stage with Chrystin Rodrick, who won the girls 1,600 Saturday.In all, the Huskies boys were fourth with 67 points and the girls were eighth with 48 points, the schools best finish since moving to 4A.The day started with the boys 3,200 team avenging their loss last week to Montezuma-Cortez. The quartet beat Cortez by 2 seconds with a time of 8 minutes, 7 seconds. That hacks 8 more second off the teams school record set last weekend and a full 25 seconds from the original mark broken two weeks ago.Landauer ran his split in a personal-best 2:02. Stevenson trailed in his anchor leg by 15 meters, but put down the hammer for victory.It was an unbelievable effort, Huskies coach Rob Parish said. Cortez got the best of us Friday. A couple of their guys went 1-2 in the 800 on Friday. Their 2-miler beat Zach, we came back and it was so sweet. There were a lot of a coaches and fans who came up to me after and said that race brought tears to their eyes.OK then, more crying is in order for Rodrick. She is the first regional champ for a Huskies female athlete since 1996. That was when the 1600 relay team of Courtney Queen, Sara Husby (now Martinez), Stephanie Feldhaus and Molly Petrie won not only regionals, but state.
She just controlled the race from start to finish, Parish said. She tucked into the second or third for the first three laps. She ran comfortably and loose. In the fourth lap, she just threw down an incredible surge. She continued to extend her lead all the way through the finish.Rodrick finished in 5:35, a personal record by 12 seconds.In the 1600, Stevenson finished fourth (4:44), followed by Jonathan Stevens in seventh (4:47). Andy Given ran the race in 4:58, the seventh Huskies runner to break 5 minutes. Landauer, Ryan Hedrick, Phelan and Erickson missed qualifying by a second in the 1,600 relay with a 3:33.34.Three hockey players and a goalie combined for eighth in the 400 relay. Casey Kleisinger, Barrett Chow, Andreas Apostal and Michael Busenhart finished in 47.21. The 800 relay of Kleisinger, Chow, Charlie Coats and Aaron Wilcox finished sixth. Wilcox also picked up points in the 100 and 200.
For the ladies, Rolena Richardson was seventh in the 200 (28.13) and fourth in the long jump in 15 feet, 8.25 inches. In the 100 hurdles, Meagan Reigel had a personal-best 17.45 for fifth, followed by Katie Lindbloom in eighth. In the 300 hurdles, Max Van Dyke led the way in fifth. Reigel was sixth.The girls 800 relay of Rolena Richardson, Rebecca Richardson, Kate Epstein and Reigel was fourth. The mile relay of Rolena Richardson, Epstein, Reigel and Van Dyke was sixth. The 3200 relay of Jenna Vandeventer McKenzie Stevens, Marit Johnson and Azalia Carrasco took eighth.The 4A state meet in Denver starts Thursday.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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