Basalt tracksters step up at Eagle Valley meet
The Aspen Times
The Basalt High School track team battled blustery conditions on a sunny spring day at the Eagle Valley Invitational last weekend.
Nineteen high school teams from across the Western Slope participated in the track and field competiton at Gypsum.
Basalt senior Zach Walsh continues to set a torrid pace in his distance and middle distance events.
Walsh, who broke the BHS school record in the 1,600 two weeks ago, won the 800-meter run at the Eagle Valley Invitational in a blazing 2:00.63.
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Walsh also teamed with sophomores Ian Lumsden, Cullen White and Kyle Roberts to take fifth place in the 4×400 relay (3:48.01).
Basalt junior Caleb Rewinkel also added to his record-setting season.
He won the long jump last weekend, going 20 feet, 6 inches.
He also piled on the team points with a fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and a fifth-place finish in the high jump. He cleared a personal-best 5-9 for fifth place.
The Basalt boys 4×200 relay team of Lumsden, Roberts, Wade Soho and freshman Kyle Hofferbert finished eighth at the Eagle Valley Invitational (1:42.61).
Senior Oswaldo Sosa also added points to the Basalt total. He was eighth in the 200 in 24.55.
Senior Jake Levy was sixth in the discus (120-3) and sixth in the shot put (38-11.5).
The Basalt boys finished sixth out of the 19 teams participating.
For the girls, freshman Kaylin Williams cleared 4-11 to take third place in the high jump.
Fellow freshman Nicole Alvarado raced to a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:04.01).
Morgan Ash, yet another BHS freshman, placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.24) and seventh in the 300-meter hurdles (50.77).
The Basalt girls 4×100 relay team finished sixth behind Jazmin Contreras, Michell Cabrera, Alyssa Maniscalchi and Mackenzie Bauer.
The 800-sprint medley team of Violet Lepe, Alvarado, Cabrera and Becca White finished eighth.
Also finishing eighth was the 4×200 team of Contreras, Carsyn Knotts, Maniscalchi and Bauer.
The Basalt girls finished ninth.
“Our track team has had great early season success,” said head coach Ben Blaeser, “ranking both our boys and girls teams toward the top of the Western Slope League.
Blaeser said several Longhorns have posted high marks in the 3A rankings.
“With strong senior leadership bolstered by talented underclassmen, we look to turn some heads in the next few weeks leading up to the league meet,” Blaeser said.
The Longhorns will compete in the annual Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
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