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A relay good effort

Peter Daley competes in the first heat of the 1,600-meter run on Friday at the Clint Wells Invitational in Craig. Daley finished ninth.
John Henry

— Soroco track and field coach David Bruner isn’t shy about his love of relays.

Bruner holds the belief that relays show how good a team really is.

If Friday’s Clint Wells Invitational in Moffat County is any indication, the Rams are darn good.

Although Soroco was one of the smallest teams at the meet, all five of Soroco’s relays set personal bests on the year.

“When your kids work hard for you, and when you don’t have that one kid that really sticks out, and you have kids all working together, that makes your kids gel together,” Bruner said. “I think that’s what we did” Friday.

The Soroco girls relay teams continued to post solid numbers. The 4×800-meter relay finished sixth, the 4×400-meter and sprint medley finished third and the 4×200-meter relay finished second.

Of all the teams that beat Soroco, were from larger classifications with the exception of the 4×800 meter relay.

“I’m excited,” said Sarajane Rossi, who competed on three of the relays and finished second in the 800-meter run. “I am really excited about all of our relays. We did personal bests in everyone today. That was the biggest aspect of it.”

The Soroco boys 4×400-meter relay also set a personal best – cutting more than six seconds – and finished eighth.

“That has to be the biggest surprise of the day,” Bruner said. “It shows that they are getting the most out of their workouts.”

With the league meet in West Grand on Saturday, Bruner said he’s hoping to improve times but thinks the girls and boys teams should both finish in the top three or four teams.

“My main goal is to improve our time, that’s been my philosophy since I started coaching 12 years ago,” he said. “I know the kids are getting stronger by the workouts we’re doing.

“I really focused hard on that. I just want to keep improving, because I don’t think we’ve peaked yet.”

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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