Soroco track looks for big year |

Soroco track looks for big year

2009 Soroco track and field schedule

- 9 a.m. Saturday at West Grand

- 9 a.m. April 4 at Eagle Valley

- 9 a.m. April 11 at Glenwood Springs

- TBA, April 15 at Battle Mountain

- 10 a.m. April 18 at Meeker

- 3 p.m. April 21 at Rangely

- Noon April 24 at Craig

- TBA, May 2 at league in West Grand

- TBA, May 8 and 9 at regionals in Grand Junction

- TBA, May 14 to 16 at state in Denver

— There is a good feeling around the Soroco High School track and field team right now.

Despite not being on an actual track yet, when third-year coach David Bruner takes a glance at his roster – the biggest since Bruner’s been there – it’s not hard to see why there are lots of expectations on the Rams.

Soroco returns most of its top athletes from last year’s team. Alex Estes, who finished third at state in the long jump last year, returns, as do the top three female runners: Sarajane Rossi, Traci Schlegel and Tatum Lombardi.

Rossi qualified for state in the 400-meter run, while Schlegel made the 300-meter hurdles. The three also were a big part of the girls sprint medley, 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays.

“We have 30 kids out now, and I’m really pleased with that,” Bruner said. “It shows the success we’ve had at Soroco in athletics this year. The kids want to be part of something that’s successful.”

Also expected to help on the girls side are freshmen Lauryn Bruggink and Lindsay and Shelby Miles. Sophomore Ceanna Rossi, who filled in on several of the relays last year, is expected to be a bigger part of the team this year.

In addition to Estes, Bruner said he expects big contributions from Matt Watwood in the shot put and discus and from Cody Miles and Ryan Tibbetts in jumping events.

Bruner also mentioned that Ben and David Strait, Pie Lombardi and Michael Rossi should lead the Rams’ distance teams.

“Girls-wise, I think we can be the fastest we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Bruner said. “I think they’re looking at not just getting to state, but placing in (the) top three or four. Alex’s ambition is, he wants to go to the state track meet and win it.”

The key on the girls side will be finding a fourth girl for the relays and the health of Tatum Lombardi, who had surgery on her feet in November and just started walking in the past few weeks. Bruner said he hopes to have her back by the end of April.

On the boys side, Bruner said the size of his team gives the Rams a chance to finish near the top of every meet the team attends.

“I think, mentally, their minds are the best since I’ve been here,” he said. “They’re really working hard. If we can continue to do that and stay healthy, we can do some really good stuff.”

The Rams open the season at 9 a.m. Saturday at a meet in West Grand.

“We’re going just to get on a track,” Bruner said. “We want to get some marks in, and then we can go from there.”

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