Sports briefs: Brittany Long leads Steamboat in track |

Sports briefs: Brittany Long leads Steamboat in track

Brittany Long led the Steamboat Springs High School track team Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction.

Long, a senior distance specialist, finished third in the girls 800-meter run and fourth in the 1,600.

She finished with a time of 2 minutes, 37.53 seconds in the 800 and 5:36.11 in the 1,600. She was just four seconds out of first in the 800 and 12 seconds out in the 1,600.

Jeff Sperry placed eighth in the boys triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 3 inches.

The boys 1,600-meter relay team of Dylan Pivarnik, Lucas Stover, Jacob Brenner and Jeff Sperry also placed, finishing sixth in the race.

Tigers track team shows well at Glenwood Springs

The Hayden High School track team enjoyed another strong weekend as it traveled Saturday to compete in the Glenwood Springs Invitational.

The Tigers saw eight of their 25 competing athletes score.

Junior Murphy Smartt led the way with another strong performance in the high jump. After pre-qualifying last week for the state track meet, Smartt again hit the qualification mark of 6 feet, 2 inches. It was enough to claim first place.

“He almost had 6-4,” Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said. “I think he’ll be there by the end of the season, if not higher. He had a really good meet.”

Jake Walker was second in the 100-meter dash. Billy Zehner was sixth in the 110 hurdles and eighth in the triple jump. Chris Zirkle was sixth in the 3,200-meter run.

Krista Tomke earned a second-place finish in the 200. Emily Mahanna was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles, Tyra Monger was eighth in the shot put, and McCoy Howe was sixth in the triple jump.

Allen, Marno obtain wins at Howelsen Hill ski races

Jennifer Allen and Max Marno continued a strong weekend for Steamboat skiers by winning their respective races on the final day of the Colorado Junior Ski Cup Championships at Howelsen Hill.

Allen, a former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier now competing for the University of Colorado, won the women’s slalom race. Her two-run combined time of 1 minute, 22.65 seconds was nearly a second better than Winter Sports Club skier Shane McLean.

Steamboat’s Emily Sackett was fourth in the race. Chrissy Ford was 12th, Cassady Daley finished 17th, Natalie Pearl was 18th, and Sarah White finished 19th, rounding out the club’s top-20 finishers.

Marno won the men’s division with a time of 1:15.67. Steamboat’s Ryan McConnell was second at 1:15.96.

Scott Ptach finished ninth and was the only other Winter Sports Club racer in the top 20.

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