Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Eagle Valley track team is getting comfortable on the podium.
At Saturday’s Demon Invite in Glenwood Springs, the ladies were second with 73.25 points, while the gents were third (64).
Starting the point parade for the Devils was Kassi Gall in eighth in the 200 meters (29.62 seconds). In the 400, it was teammate Elizabeth Schwaiger in fifth (1 minute, 8.14 seconds). Rachel Burnett was in the points at seventh in 800 (2:51.07).
Erin Burnett snagged silver in the 100 hurdles finals with a time of 17.22 and was seventh in the 300.
The Eagle Valley relays for booth the boys and girls were a points machine. On the girls’ side, the 400 relay of Nikki Harvey, Casey Lammert, Emily Kingston and Kendra Clements clocked a 53.17 for silver. Harvey, Gall, Schwaiger and Lammert got another silver in the 800 with a 1:56.25. The same quartet was good for bronze in the mile (4:27.67).
The Devils were fourth in the two-mile relay with Burnett, Brenda Zapata, Colleen Heffren and Kelly Cassidy punching in at 11:27.68. In the medley, Shila Branch, Kingston, Gall and Clements finished second with a 1:58.98.
Megan Osten leapt 4 feet, 8 inches for sixth in the high jump. In the triple, it was Jonna Spigner hopping 30-4 for seventh.
And Jamie Bair continues to be a 20-point performer. She went 35-3 in the shot put and 125 feet in the discus for two easy wins. The 125 in the disc is a new Demon Invite record.
For the guys, Omar Saucedo took fifth in the 100, with A.J. Rhoades seventh in the 200. Rhoades had the same place in the 400. In the mile, Mario Gonzalez outdueled the Huskies David Shearon for a 1-2 Eagle County finish. Gonzalez was down at 4:40.64. Eagle Valley’s Hunter Burnham was seventh in the 1,600. Burnham and Ben Muehlethaler went 6-7 in the 3,200.
James Jagger was golden in the 110 hurdles and took bronze in the 300. One fun note here is that both hurdles records for this meet are still held by Eagle Valley alum Brad Gamble, and don’t look to be in danger any time soon.
David Shea, Willie Aragon, Jalen Aquino and Saucedo clocked a 45.84 in the 400 relay, taking second. It was Aragon, Aquino, Jesse Gish and Saucedo with silver in the 800. Continuing the theme, Gish, Aquino, Saucedo and Gonzalez were second in the mile. In the two-mile, Burnham, Riley Simonton, Prather Silverthorn and Eddie Canpos took fourth.
Will Magdziuk was magic in the triple, flying to second with a 39-5.25.
“It’s good to see so many kids scoring,” Devils coach Jeff Shroll said. “I think all the kids are aware that the relays can get better with handoffs, but we know we’re getting faster and coming out of the blocks.”
Shearon leads Huskies
Battle Mountain was quite busy in Glenwood as the boys finished fourth, just four points behind the Devils, while the ladies were ninth.
Raymie Higgins had a busy day, taking fifth in the 100. In the 800, Jusus Nunez was sixth. David Shearon may have lost out to Gonzalez in the mile, taking second. But the junior wiped the field in the 3,200 with a 10-:09.17. He had some company with Remsen Allard in fifth.
Shawn Martinez had an interesting day, running through the 110 hurdles for fifth and over them in the 300 for third. Martinez, Edward Banegas, Higgins and Irving Ruacho teamed up for fourth in the 400 relay. Higgins, Banegas, Pancho Meneses and Ruacho took fifth in the 800.
It was Nunez, Charlie Barry, Martinez and Blaize Olle in the fifth in the mile. The Huskies’ quartet of Allard, Nunez, Eric Spry and Shearon captured bronze in the 3,200. Banegas went 5-8 in the high jump for sixth. Higgins was sixth in the long jump (18-9). Meneses was third in the triple with a 38-6.75.
For the ladies, Katie Lopez finished sixth in the 200 in her first meet. Amelia Ortiz was second in the mile, and third in the two-mile, which is surprising at first, but then not.
“Everyone feels they should be running better,” Huskies coach Laurie Kleisinger said. “The thing is that we are training them very hard at this point of the season and we’re going to train them hard next week too. With meets this time of the season, your performance isn’t where you want to be and the kids understand they have to fight through it.”
The idea is to have the athletes at top form come early May, That didn’t stop Kate Manley from finishing sixth in the 100 hurdles. Ellie Cahill, Molly Childers, Isabelle Courtois and Alexandra McCormick took seventh in the 400 relay. Cahill, Tasha Wyatt, Courtois and Childers were seventh in the 800 as well. In the mile, Lopez, Samantha Katz, Elisse Rassmussen and Alysha Pelchant ended up sixth. In the 3,200, Ortiz, Katz, Pelchant and Maddie Stevens landed in fifth. And yes, Stevens then went back to Edwards to play soccer.
Courtois flew 14-2 in the long jump for seventh.
Gruber prequalifies for Saints
Vail Christian’s Ashlyn Gruber placed in three of her events Saturday and prequalified for state in the 400.
Remember that the 2A Saints still compete under the old qualifying system – no top 18 in the state here – so Gruber’s 1:01.4 and second-place finish is sending her to Pueblo come mid-May.
“We worked on turnover in practice so my feet would move faster,” she said. “There was a girl right next to me to push me. It’s a relief. There’s no more guessing.”
The sophomore was second in the 200, for which she qualified last year. Gruber was fourth in the 100. That helped the Saints finish sixth out of 14 teams in Glenwood.
Kylie Alexander was seventh in the high jump, while Teller Emmer was sixth in the long jump. The 800 relay of Meghan Jacobs, Maddie Emmer, Alexis Ellsworth and McKenzie O’Brien was fifth. The same team with Alexander in for Jacobs took fourth in the 400 relay.
All three local teams are at Rifle on Saturday.
Battle Mountain 8, Glenwood Springs 6
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Battle Mountain lacrosse overcame an early 3-0 deficit for an 8-6 win at Glenwood Springs Saturday and a season sweep of the Demons.
Josh Rosenbach, Jake Robertson and Parke Robbins each had two goals. Reeve Sanders and Timmy Licciardi also scored.
“It was a very hard-fought game, very physical with a lot of penalties, but we came out with the victory,” Huskies coach Seth Jones said. “We’re 5-3 and, hopefully, we carry that momentum into Summit.”
Said Tigers come calling Thursday at 4 p.m. in Edwards.
Battle Mountain 3, Moffat County 0
EDWARDS – Battle Mountain soccer’s Lizzie Seibert has her own number.
The Huskies senior rang up a hat trick Saturday in a 3-0 win against Moffat County in Edwards. That gives her 13 goals this year, which also happens to be the number she’s worn for her four years at Battle Mountain.
“She’s been a great leader for this group,” Huskies coach David Cope said. “She’s matured and seen that she has a lot to offer the group beyond goal scoring.”
Of course, scoring three in the first half is never discouraged. Stephanie Woodruff, Kelli Lindsay and Rosie Davies assisted on those tallies.
Goalie Kate Gray got the shutout while the back four of Erin Barker, Anna Tedstrom, Sydney Idzikowski and Maddie Stevens have been developing a good rapport.
The Huskies are 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the Slope, and host Glenwood Springs Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“It’ll be great. We lost to them last year, so it’s a great chance for us to measure our progress and to defend our home field,” Cope said.
Delta 8, Eagle Valley 1
Delta 12, Eagle Valley 5
GYPSUM – Delta baseball swept a doubleheader from Eagle Valley Saturday at Pete Nolan Field in Gypsum.
The sweep helped the visiting Panthers keep atop the Slope standings. Eagle Valley hosts Moffat County Saturday in doubleheader.
Battle Mountain baseball scrubbed its doubleheader Saturday against Glenwood Springs because of field conditions in Eagle-Vail. The Huskies and Demons will try it again with a doubleheader Monday in Eagle-Vail, starting at 2 p.m.
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse postponed its game Saturday against Grand Junction in Edwards because of an unavailability of officials. No new date has been set. The Huskies host Eagle Valley Monday at 6 p.m.
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