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With final push, Eagle Valley track lands on top

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado
Jon Vandeliner/Craig Daily PressEagle Valley's Zak Thrall tosses the shot put Friday at the Moffat County Invitational. Thrall took third, helping his team to a first-place finish.

MONTROSE, Colorado ” As the track and field season marches on for Eagle Valley, the distractions melt away.

And the Devils heat up.

Friday, the Eagle Valley girls got a boost from the final event of the day at the Montrose Invitational, and overtook Gunnison for first place.

“This is always a good meet for us, which is why we keep doing it,” said Eagle Valley coach Jeff Shroll, who send the boys to Moffat County, where they won. “I started (splitting up the team) to break up the dating game (among kids), and then it turned into a nice tradition.”

With school plays, ACT’s and prom in the rearview mirror, the Devils charged ahead Friday, scoring 100.5 points. Gunnison (93.5) came in ahead of third-place Cortez (78).

Much like in last week’s meet in Rifle, the Eagle Valley distance relays came through in the clutch.

“We were trailing going into the (1,600-meter relay) and pulled it out,” Shroll said.

The team of Molly Lennan, Emily Kingston, Angela Phillips and Sasha Pickslay-Zamora took fourth at 4 minutes ,38.21 seconds. Earlier in the meet, the 3,200 relay team of Molly Walker, Nicole Harvey, Megan McQueeney and Shanna Zoch had a season-best showing, taking fourth at 11:31.97. In the 800 relay, the Devils were eighth.

Kingston, Shaylynn Nielson, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder put a perfect 10 points on the board for the Devils in the 400 relay, coming in at 51.86. And in the open 100, Kingston shaved off some time from last week, grabbing second at 13.48, with Nielson in fifth at 13.79. In the 200, Rohweder ran a 26.40, good for second, while Sierra Pickslay-Zamora was fifth at 27.72.

Rohweder led the way in hurdles, winning the 300 race at 46.47 ” a season-best for the defending 4A state champ ” and in only her second time running the 100, she was third at 16.24. Angela Phillips was seventh in the 100 at 17.55 and Katie Brandes was eighth (17.80).

In the field, Phillips led the way, winning the triple jump at 31 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Sasha Pickslay-Zamora tied for fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-10 and Brandes was fifth in the long jump at 15-6.

Kacey Bair had a season-best throw in the discus, going 105 to take third. Jackie Eberhard (sixth, 99-1) and Jamie Bair (eighth, 96) also scored in the discus. Jamie Bair was seventh in the shot put, while Kacey Bair and Jackie Eberhard tied for eighth.

CRAIG, Colorado “Individual wins are great, and the Eagle Valley boys will take them any day, but the Devils can get by without too many.

Friday, Eagle Valley edged out Moffat County at the Bulldogs home meet to take first.

“Jamie Fahrmeyer was first in the 1,600, but other than that, nobody had great times or races ” everyone just came through as a team,” said coach Mitch Hendrix.

A trio of Devils placed in the discus, with Zak Thrall leading the way in third at 133 feet, 4 inches. Pollo Almanza was fourth at 127-7 and Pavel Pavlov was sixth at 124-11.

Eagle Valley rocked the trifecta in the triple jump, also, with Chris Brubeck third at 38-7, Scott House sixth at 37-9 1/2 and Mike Warfield eighth at 35-8 3/4.

“It really helps when you have three point winners,” Hendrix said.

Eric Kline and Trevor Grayson had the one-two punch in hurdles for Eagle Valley, placing third and fourth, respectively, in both the 110 and 300 events.

Harrison Neal sprinted his way to points in four events. In a tight 200 race, Neal was fifth at 23.79; he was seventh in the 100. Neal’s 11-second split in the 400 relay, along with sold legs by Pavlov, House and Uv Trujillo, gave the team a second-place finish at 47.36. In the 800 relay, Neal, Pavlov, Uv Trujillo and Joe Trujillo were fourth at 1:36.67.

Fahrmeyer, who picked up yet another win in the 1,600, came in at 4:41.51 on a cold and windy day.

In the distance relays, the Devils fared well yet again. The 1,600 team of the Trujillo brothers, Warfield and Griffin Turnipseed was second at 3:44.47. In the 3,200 relay, Turnipseed, Sage Smith, Eddie Campos and Joe Trujillo were fourth at 9:29.20. Uv Trujillo was fourth in the 400, while Campos was sixth in the open 3,200.

Jalen Aquino placed in the long jump, while House scored in the high jump.

Next week, the Devils will be at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.

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