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Vail Valley preps: Courtois lifts Huskies to win in Rifle

Special to the Daily/Jeff CaspersenEagle Valley's Jeremy Sabo flies over the bar in the high jump Saturday at the Rifle Invitational. Sabo finished fourth wiith a jump of 5 feet, 9 inches.

RIFLE – In a season that has produced a bunch of firsts for the Battle Mountain girls track team, here’s another one.

The Huskies’ Isabelle Courtois was in on 38 points out of a possible 40 at Saturday’s Rifle Invitational. She anchored the 800-meter relay to a win, won the open 100, the 300 hurdles and her medley squad took second. That is an epic day.

In local track, we haven’t seen a similar performance since Eagle Valley’s Chris Gamble (Class of 2005), who was a 40-point machine during regular-season meets, not to mention at the 3A 2004 state meet. To be mentioned with the likes of Gamble is darn good company.

And the last time a Battle Mountain lady did such? No clue. It’s been that long.

But it’s been a season like that for the Huskies girls, who topped all comers at Rifle, easily edging the hosts, 117.25-96. That’s their second meet win of the year.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “It’s more enjoyment of just watching all the hard work paying off and the girls having fun.”

The ladies weren’t the only ones having fun. Zach Guida won the pole vault and Jose Marin-Garcia was golden in the shot put. (One has to go back to Josh Henry in 2001 for the last time a Battle Mountain thrower won an event.) A little short-handed, long-distance runner David Shearon got a leg of the 800 relay. And a shoutout goes to freshman Ethan Cotton who broke 12 minutes for the first time in the 3,200.

And we would be remiss if we did not report the fact that Battle Mountain repeated in the coaches’ relay, setting a standard of greatness in the annals of athletics likely never to be surpassed.

Devils rock the 200

The 200 meters was the race of the day for Eagle Valley track at Rifle.

On the boys’ side, Zeke Sandoval cut another half-second on his 200 time, dropping down to 24.15. In the last two meets, Sandoval has taken 1 second off his 200.

“Unbelievable,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “I was really happy when he cut a half-second last week. He’s more relaxed and when he’s relaxed, he’s faster. He’s been working on his form and rhythm and just coming up on his toes.”

Kassi Gall knocked out another personal record for herself in the ladies 200. She’s down to 28.49.

With spring break, Saturday was a good opportunity to see some new faces in new places and Shroll liked what he saw.

“It’s a good way to see the kids’ split times in practice and how they translate into an open meet,” he said. “You can see that they might be able to score in meets down the road. You can also see how you can start putting those times into relays.”

The Saints and the state eight

The Vail Christian girls track team is well-acquainted with the No. 8.

After all, it was the Saints’ goal in the fall. Vail Christian’s volleyball team was one of the last eight squads standing in November, earning a berth in the state tournament.

Eight is equally important in the spring with track as Class 1A now hands out state invites to the top-eight runners, jumpers, throwers and vaulters.

With the disclaimer that nothing is final until 9 p.m. on May 14 – there are many more meets to come and we don’t know if everybody has reported their statistics – it’s starting to look like there might be some blue and silver at Jeffco Stadium this spring, especially after Saturday’s meet at Rifle.

As of press time, junior Kylie Alexander is the top pole-vaulter in 1A. She went 9 feet, 1 inch. It’s early in the state-eight watch, but No. 2 in 1A is Idalia’s Sydney Weyerman at 8-3. Perhaps more importantly, that was the first time Alexander cleared 9 feet in competition. Her previous best was 8-6 at state last year.

By the way, Alexander won the competition Saturday.

Ashlyn Gruber also had a big day. She was third in the 200 meters in 27.7 seconds, and second in the 400 in 60.7. Not only is Gruber approaching her state time of last season, but she is the top-ranked 1A runner in the 200 and No. 2 in the 400.

The girls 400 relay also threw its hat into the competition for state. Last year, Maggie Emmer, Micaela McGuckin, Alexis Ellsworth and Gruber took third. Madama Emmer has graduated so coach Tim Pierson threw Alexander into the mix and the quartet put down a 54.7, which was in the points.

“I’m really happy that the did the handoffs well for the first time together,” Pierson said. “There’s room for improvement. Hopefully, we’ll move up and see where it stands on the 1A level.”

That would be third, Coach, behind Simla and Springfield.

The Saints ladies finished an impressive 10th out of 19 teams Saturday in Rifle.

Unlike the previous athletes, Teller Emmer, for some reason, does not play volleyball – and yes, Ellsworth does softball in the fall – but we won’t hold that against him. Nonetheless, the senior flew 19-3 for fourth place in the long jump. That puts Emmer in the state mix as well.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or


TEAM SCORES – 1. Rifle 152.5; 2. Meeker 62; 3. Coal Ridge 61; 4. Roaring Fork 49; 5. Battle Mountain 57; 6. Eagle Valley 45.5; 7. Grand Valley 43; 8. Plateau Valley 29; 9t. Hayden, Basalt and Lake County 26; 12. Soroco 25; 13. Hotchkiss 24; 14. Rangely 21; 15. Aspen 15; 16. West Grand 14; 17. Glenwood Springs 8; 18. Vail Christian 5; 19. North Park 1.


4×800 RELAY – 4. Eagle Valley 9:07.55 (Javier Gallegos, Wyatt Smith, Ben Muehlenthaler, Hunter Burnham)

110 HURDLES – 6. Aaron Kline, EV, 18.19

200 METERS – 4. Zeke Sandoval, EV, 24.15

4×200 RELAY – 4. Battle Mountain 1:38.02 (Raymie Higgins, Paton Lovett, David Shearon, Zach Guida); 8, Eagle Valley, 1:38.9 (Marco Aragon, Nick Ross, Austin Woodworth, Zeke Sandoval)

1,600 METERS – 2. David Shearon, BM, 4:51.99

4×100 RELAY – 6. Battle Mountain 47.17 (Raymie Higgins, Paton Lovett, Zach Guida, Jake Engle)

SHOT PUT – 1. Jose Marin-Garcia, BM, 42-4.5

HIGH JUMP – 4. Jeremy Sabo, EV, 5-9

LONG JUMP -2. Raymie Higgins, BM, 20-1.5; 4. Teller Emmer, VC, 19-3; 7. Austin Woodworth, EV

400 METERS – 8, James Leonard, BM, 56.2

300 HURDLES – 6. Aaron Kline, EV, 45.56.

DISCUS – 8. Kody Hoyt, BM, 103-4

3,200 METERS – 2. David Shearon, BM, 10:25.24; 4. Hunter Burnham, EV, 11:04.51; 7. Ben Muehlethaler, EV

POLE VAULT – 1. Zach Guda, BM, 12-4, 2. Austin Woodworth, EV, 12-4; 3t. Aaron Kline, EV, 11-4; 6. Austin Tafoya, EV, 9-4

4×400 RELAY – 5. Eagle Valley 3:52.37 (Nick Cooper, Javier Gallegos, Austin Tafoya, Wyatt Smith); 6. Battle Mountain 3:53.40 (James Leonard, Charlie Barry, Jake Bishop, Jake Engle)


TEAM SCORES – 1. Battle Mountain 117.25; 2. Rifle 96; 3. Hotchkiss 95; 4. Grand Valley 50; 5. Eagle Valley 47.5; 6t. Coal Ridge, Meeker 46; 8. Soroco 41.25; 9. West Grand 36.75; 10. Vail Christian 35; 11. Lake County 29; 12. Rangely 23; 13. Roaring Fork 19; 14. Aspen 17; 15. Hayden 11; 16. Plateau Valley 6.265; 17t. North Park and Glenwood Springs 6.


800 SPRINT MEDLEY – 2. Battle Mountain 1:59.43 (Isabelle Courtis, Katie Matarese, Jenai Denardo, Katia Lopez); 6. Eagle Valley 2:14.39 (Addie Arnold, Kenzie Cooper, Angela Giovagnoli, Hannah Claydon)

4×800 RELAY – 2. Eagle Valley 10:50.00 (Roxy Trotter, Kelly Cassidy, Taylor Caydon, Samantha Maddox); 3. Battle Mountain 10:58.18 (Mandy Ortiz, Brooke White, Samantha Katz, Amelia Ortiz)

100 METERS – 1. Isabelle Courtois, BM, 13.26; 4. Ashlyn Gruber, VC, 13.86; 5. Katie Matarese, BM, 13.92

200 METERS – 3. Ashlyn Gruber, VC, 27.70; 5. Katia Lopez, BM, 28.47; 6. Kassi Gall, EV, 28.49.

HIGH JUMP – T4. Megsan Osteen, EV, 4-7; T8, Logan Carlson, BM, 4-5


4×200 RELAY – 1. Battle Mountain (Brooke White, Katia Lopez, Katie Matarese, Isabelle Courtois) 1:51.93; 7. Eagle Valley, 2:04.50 (Taylor Claydon, Hannah Claydon, Angela Giovagnoli, Maddie McGinty)

1,600 METERS – 1. Sydney Gaylord, BM, 5:47.07; 5. Kelly Cassidy, EV, 6:09.00; 7. Samantha Maddox, EV, 6:14.62

4×100 RELAY – 3. Vail Christian 54.72; 7, Battle Mountain, 57.68 (Kalee Shreck, Logan Carlson, Bailey Garton, Abby Harrison)

TRIPLE JUMP – 6. Logan Carlson, BM, 30-6.

400 METERS – 2. Ashlyn Gruber, VC, 1:00.80; 7. LaRose Currie, BM, 64.25

800 METERS – 2. Roxy Trotter, EV, 2:34.20; 3. Mandy Ortiz, BM, 2:34.70

300 HURDLES – 1. Isabelle Courtois, BM, 48.41; 3. Brooke White, BM, 50.34

3,200 METERS – 3. Amelia Ortiz, BM, 11:47.71; 4. Sydney Gaylord, BM, 12:32.47; 5. Samantha Maddox, EV, 13:38.36

4×400 RELAY – 4. Battle Mountain 4:34.08; (LaRose Currie, Jenai Denardo, Sonya Barnett, Kalee Shreck) 6. Eagle Valley 4:35.76. (Roxy Trotter,Maddie McGinty, Taylor Claydon, Kelly Cassidy)

LONG JUMP – 4. LaRose Currie, BM, 14-11; 7. Michelle Carbajal, EV

POLE VAULT – 1. Kylie Alexander, VC, 9-1; 2. Bailey Garton, BM, 8-4; 3t. Kassi Gall, EV, 7-10; 5. LaRose Currie, BM, 7-10; 6. Jayna Horn, BM, 6-10; 8 Megan Osteen, EV.

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