Track teams fare well at Rifle meet |

Track teams fare well at Rifle meet

Hayden's Holli Salazar again tops in shot put event

— Soroco High School junior Matt Watwood was plenty busy Saturday. He was plenty successful, too.

Only a couple of errors prevented him from being the winning pitcher in the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team’s game Saturday in Rifle against Battle Mountain.

When things were left up to him while competing for Soroco a few miles down the road at a track meet at Rifle High School, he suffered no such setback.

Watwood, whose baseball team went on to win in extra innings, won the boys discus and placed third in the shot put.

“I got up at 4 a.m. and got ready to go to the track meet. It started at 9 and the baseball game didn’t start until 2:30 p.m., so I said ‘Let’s see what I can get in,'” Watwood said. “In shot, I threw two feet further than I’ve ever thrown in my life. I was five feet shorter than my best in discus, but I still won the meet.”

Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools each fielded a team at the 18-team track meet, and all three scored high finishes.

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Watwood’s performances led the way. He won the discus with a toss of 133 feet, 1 inch. It was nearly 2 feet better than his nearest competitor. His shot put distance of 45-4 was 2 feet short of event champion Greg Orosz, of Glenwood Springs.

Hayden’s Holli Salazar won the shot put with a throw of 39-0.5. She also was seventh in the discus. Jake Walker also logged a top finish for Hayden, finishing second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.66 seconds.

Steamboat’s Morgan Bessette was third in the girls long jump with a lead of 15-4.5

“We had a couple girls jump well again. Morgan was really good again,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We were missing some legs from some relays. We had a lot of kids gone for spring break, so we pushed a lot of kids to get in events maybe they haven’t tried much before.

“They did a good job with that. Overall for us, it was a really good meet.”

The Hayden girls 3,200-meter relay team of Maddison Kopsa, Calla Manzanares, Delanie VeDepo and Krista Tomke finished third.

Soroco had a trio of girls fourth-place relay teams. Lauryn Bruggink, Traci Schlegel, Ceanna Rossi and Sarajane Rossi ran in the 1,600 and the 800 relays while Lindsay Miles subbed in for Ceanna Rossi in the 800 sprint medley.

Steamboat’s Brittany Long was fifth, Hayden’s Delanie VeDepo sixth, and Katherine Lynch, also from Steamboat, seventh in the 1,600 meters.

Long and Lynch also teamed up to score in the 800, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively. Tomke was fifth.

Alex Estes scored in three events. He was a part of Soroco’s sixth-place 1,600 relay team, fourth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump.

“We did well,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We got a lot of personal records today. We had some young kids that did well, then Matt Watwood was really good in his throwing events.”