Preparations: track teams track status; AHS girls soccer and lacrosse fall into playoffs

Caitlin Maley of Basalt High School and Michaela Cheney of Cole Ridge compete in the girls’ 1,600m race on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.
Photo courtesy of Chris Lynn

The Basalt High School girls’ track and field team ended their regular season with a strong showing at the Tiger Invitational over the weekend at Grand Junction, the last meet before heading to the state.

Junior Caitlin Maley stood out again, winning the 800m in 2 minutes 15.49 seconds, while fellow rookie Ava Lin came second (2:17.25). Both times were records, as Mali broke her school’s record in the event.

Mali also won the 1,600m (5:06.13) – the state’s defending mile champion – ahead of Cole Ridge’s Michaela Cheney (5:97:39). Lynn finished fourth (5:13.49).

The girls’ 4×200 meter relay team finished fifth (1:49.89), while Vanessa Bryant finished seventh in the high jump (4 feet 10 inches) and tenth in the long jump (15-0).

Among the highlights for the BHS team was Marlon Nelson who finished seventh in discus (127-10). Gavin Webb finished sixth in the high jump (6 feet), seventh in the long jump (20-1.25) and tenth in the 100-meter dash (11.75 seconds).

Aspen also had two competing athletes led by Natalie Wisner who finished sixth in the girls’ long jump (15-9).

Will Girardi finished 10th in the boys’ triple jump (38-3.5).

Next up is the CHSAA Championship, which begins Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood. A full slate of qualifiers should be completed early this week.

Aspen Girls’ Soccer can’t keep up with Manitou Springs

The Aspen High School girls’ football season ended Saturday night with a 6-0 loss to Manitou Springs in the second round of the Class 3A state championship. The match was a first-round rematch last year as 15th seed AHS knocked out second place Manitou Springs, as this year’s match was much different.

The Mustang, seeded No. 8 this year, improved to 13-3-1 overall and advanced to play defending title and top seed Kent Denver in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Aspen, seeded No. 9, finished the match 12-4-1. The skaters had defeated #24 DSST: Conservatory Green in the first round on Thursday.

No. 4 Phil Mountain is among the state’s quarterfinalists with a 3-1 win over No. 13 pick-to-pick on Saturday. Al Gore Rangers #5 will play Lutheran in the next round. 14 Delta ended their season on Saturday with a 7-0 loss to No. 3 Colorado Academy, which will play No. 11 Liberty Common in the next round. Liberty Common beat No. 6 Colorado Springs Christian 4-1 on Saturday, the team that beat No. 27 Basalt in the first round.

Soccer also lost to Roaring Fork in the first round, dropping to No. 23 for the No. 10 Eagle Ridge Academy. Eagle Ridge then lost in the second round to No. 7 Prospect Ridge.

Aspen Girls’ Lacrosse Loss at Thompson Valley

The Aspen High School girls’ lacrosse season ended with a loss Saturday 18-9 at Thompson Valley in the Class 4A quarterfinals. The No. 2 seeded Eagles have improved to 16-1 overall (with that loss appearing in their first game of the season) and will play No. 3 Castleview in the semifinals on Wednesday.

The No. 7 seed AHS finished 12-5 overall, dropping in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Of Aspen’s five losses, four came against the teams that make up the 4A semifinals — Thompson Valley, Castle View, Green Mountain and Evergreen — and the other was in the 5A Arapahoe State playoffs. The skaters were undefeated leagues again this spring.

A solid day for basalt, aspen baseball

The Basalt High School baseball team took a big step toward qualifying for the Jugenals on Saturday with a double-header sweep of Moffat County at BHS Stadium. Both high-scoring and dramatic games, Baselt won 18-17 in eight rounds in one game, scoring three runs at the bottom of the last frame to take it. Then the BHS won 13-11, scoring nine runs in the fifth before the Bulldogs aggregated six runs in the seventh only to shorten his comeback.

Now 14-8 overall, Basalt only has one away league game at home against Battle Mountain on Monday afternoon before finding out its territorial fate. The Longhorns were a surprising regional champion this past spring.

The Aspen High School baseball team scored the best win of the season on Saturday when they beat Cole Ridge 5-2 in Game Two with two heads in New Castle. Big Lucas Lee was the catalyst on the hill, throwing the entire match and only allowing four through 10 hits.

This came after the Titans won the first game, 18-0. Coal Ridge is now 15-7 overall with only one game Monday at Glenwood Springs on its schedule.

Aspen, who is currently 3-18 with virtually no chance of playing regionally, will wrap up its season on Tuesday with a single game outside the league at Summit.

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