Two-mile relays shine on Day 1 at state track |

Two-mile relays shine on Day 1 at state track

DENVER — The opening day of the state track and field meet was a time for the local 3,200-meter relay teams to shine.

The Battle Mountain girls took fifth, while the Huskies boys finished ninth.

Alex Raichart, Rychelle Denardo, Melissa Delgado and Naomi Harding clocked a time of 9 minutes, 35 seconds.

“The girls ran unbelievably,” Huskies coach Robert Parish said. “That was one second off the school record, and we’ve had good 4-by-8 teams. They stayed the course all season and trusted the plan.”

The result was the team obliterating its personal best by 18 seconds. Also of note was that freshman Harding ran a 2:19 split. She is only the second Battle Mountain female to run 800 meters — open or in a relay — faster than 2:20. The other was Val Constien, who finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships in the steeplechase recently.

Eagle Valley’s 3,200 of Taylor Hermosillo, Victoria Schwaiger, Avery Doan, Maddlyne Schenck finished 16th with a time of 10:00.37.

Battle Mountain’s boys 3,200 of Alexis Aguirre, Douglas McMurrain, James Moran and Jake Borel dipped down to 8:10.50. That is the fastest time by a Huskies 3,200 team since the quartet of Tony Crisofulli, Connor Tedstrom, Jonny Stevens and John O’Neill won the whole shooting match back in 2008 with a 7:58.

Parrish gets another shot

The Huskies’ Demetrius Parrish did not make it out of the preliminaries in 110 hurdles. He gets another shot today in the 300 hurdles. He holds the school records in both events.

Much more state-meet action is in store today. Class 2A pole vault kicks off the field events this morning and both Vail Christian’s Cooper Daniels and Taylor Alexander are very much in the mix. The Saints will also have Ethan Pence going in the open 3,200.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.

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