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Routt County track teams have eye on state

— Spring snow dictates that slow starts to the season are the norm for Routt County spring sports teams. Still, 2009 has proven especially brutal for local track and field squads.

Even last year, when Steamboat Ski Area celebrated a record-breaking winter, the teams managed to make nearly all their scheduled meets. Already this spring, two events have been postponed or canceled.

The teams got a chance to stretch their legs Tuesday after a delayed meet at Eagle Valley, and they’ll get another crack today in a large meet at Glenwood Springs.

Soroco, Hayden and Steamboat Springs high schools will all field teams at the meet, and it will represent an opportunity for each of them.

For Soroco and Hayden, the Glenwood meet will offer the opportunity to pre-qualify for the state track meet.

Class 2A and 3A athletes earn bids to the state meet by reaching a pre-set time or distance or by finishing in the top three of the regional meet.

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The rules are different for Steamboat and the 4A schools, but there still will be plenty of opportunity for the Sailors today.

The owners of Class 4A’s top 18 times or distances in each event earn trips to the state meet, and the trip to Glenwood offers Steamboat athletes their best chance to fight their way into that group.

Steamboat and Soroco are coming off strong showings at Tuesday’s meet at Eagle Valley.

The Sailors placed 28 times at the meet, and Soroco scored with four individual athletes and with four relay teams.

The success buoyed DeWolfe’s confidence as he works through his second season atop the Steamboat program.

“Last year we were really fighting injuries, but we’re trying to avoid that. We have spent a lot more time at the pool, a lot more time with strength and conditioning stuff,” he said. “So far, that has paid off.”