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WIth big throws, Devils second at Glenwood

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” When all three Eagle Valley girls throwers place in the top five in both events, which isn’t that rare, the points pile up.

The Devils, on the heels of a solid day from Kacey Bair, Jamie Bair and Jackie Eberhard, took second at the Glenwood Invitational on Saturday; the boys were also second.

“It is huge, and it gets overlooked,” Eagle Valley track and field coach Jeff Shroll said. “For the last three years, our girls throwers have played such an integral part of our meet. They are solid every week, and it’s kind of cool now because more and more kids are going over to watch them throw.”

Those who were watching saw Kacey Bair win the discus with a personal-best throw of 101 feet, 73⁄4 inches. Eberhard was third at 94-21⁄2, while Jamie Bair was fifth at 79-71⁄2. In the shot put, Kacey Bair took second at 32-21⁄2 ” another personal best. Jamie Bair (30-51⁄2) and Eberhard (29-2) were third and fourth, respectively.

While not as prolific as the girls, the boys throwers scored top results in both events with Zak Thrall taking third in the shot put at 42-9 and seventh in the discus at 118. Pollo Almanza was second in the discus at 128-2.

Eagle Valley’s boys took second in three relay races and third in another. The group of Andrew Hill, Joe Trujillo, Eduardo Campos and Sage Smith took second in the 3,200-meter relay, while Trevor Grayson, Trujillo, Ethan Smith and Uv Trujillo took silver in the 1,600. Chris Brubeck, Harrison Neal, Uv Trujillo and Pavel Pavlov ran both sprint relays, taking third in the 400 (47.24 seconds) and second in the 800 (1:39.41).

Hill had a great day in the open events, winning both the 1,600 (4:53.94) and the 800 (2:09.17). Joe Trujillo was second in the 800 at 2:12.19, while Neal had the same finish in the 200 (24.32). In the 100, Pavlov and Neal went fourth and fifth, respectively, after putting down their best career times in the qualifiers (11.88 and 11.91).

“This was great because we haven’t been scoring in sprints this year,” Shroll said.

Much like at their home meet, the Devils boys hurdlers delivered, with three scoring in the 110 and two in the 300. Eric Kline missed qualifying for finals of the 110 by 0.01 seconds when a Glenwood runner smacked a hurdle into his lane and cut him. The rules committee, however, allowed Kline to run through again by himself. With a still-bleeding leg, Kline qualified and took third in the finals, while Grayson was fourth and James Jagger was sixth. Kline took seventh in the 300, one spot behind Ethan Smith.

Scott House took second in the high jump at 6 feet, with first-time competitor Brubeck jumping 5-8, good for sixth. Jalen Aquino flew 18-91⁄2 in the long jump for third, while a trio of Devils scored in the triple jump: Brubeck (fourth, 37-61⁄2), House (fifth, 37-4) and Aquino (seventh, 35-6).

The girls scored points in four out of five relays, with the 3,200 relay of Nicole Harvey, Shanna Zoch, Molly Walker and Megan McQueeney leading the way in third. In the 1,600 relay, Walker, Sasha Pickslay-Zamora, Christina Emily Pritchard and Christina Smith took fourth. The 400 and 800 relay teams were fifth and sixth, respectively.

Emily Kingston ran a personal best 13.25 seconds in the 100 meters qualifier and then took fourth in the finals. Katie Brandes was fourth in the 100 hurdles and went 13-61⁄4 in the long jump for fifth. Pickslay-Zamora and Kingston tied for fourth at 4-6, while Kingston was also fourth in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 30-61⁄4. Harvey (sixth, 29-11) and Pickslay-Zamora (29-31⁄4) also scored in the triple jump.

Eagle Valley sent hurdler Ashely Rohweder and distance runner Jamie Fahrmeyer to the Runner’s Roost Invitational at Mullen High School, and Shroll was not disappointed with the outcome.

Rohweder, the defending 4A state champion in the 300 hurdles, prequalified for this year’s state championships with a 46.60, good for fourth.

“Today was a good day for her,” Shroll said. “She got that prequalifying monkey off her back. Everyone in her heat was everyone she saw at state last year, but the girls who were ahead of her haven’t been running in 25 degrees. That makes a huge difference.”

While Hill filled in for Fahrmeyer in Glenwood, Fahrmeyer outdid himself at Mullen. In the 1,600, Fahrmeyer ran a school best 4:34.

“That is a school record by six seconds,” Shroll said. “He already broke the record this year by a second. For him to take six seconds off makes me happy I sent him down there.”

Fahrmeyer’s time Saturday was 1.4 seconds off the prequalifying time.

“To prequalify in distance is very unusual,” Shroll said. “Now he’s in striking distance.”

All of the Devils will be at the Rifle Invitational on Friday night, which is a state-qualifying meet.


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