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Steamboat, Soroco and Hayden track teams set to compete in Craig Friday
Highlights from the past week of track and field
Hayden at Rangely Invitational, Saturday, April 18
1 Jack Redmond, triple jump, 40-11.5
1 Jack Redmond, long jump, 20-2.5
2 Jack Redmond, 400-meter dash, 54.36
3 Thomas Rauch, 110-meter hurdles, 17.97
2 Laura Johnson, 3,200-meter run, 13:45.90
3 Grace Wilke, 1,600-meter run, 6:24.53
4 Jessica Hockett, discus, 73-04
Soroco at Battle Mountain Husky Invitational, Tuesday, April 21
1 Ben Kelley, 1,600-meter run, 4:42.15
4 Boys 4-by-800 relay, 9:08.21
6 Boys 4-by-400 relay, 3:42.83
8 Cody Reynen, high jump, 5-6
10 Micah Gibbons, discus, 116-4
2 Girls 4-by-100 relay, 54.24
4 Girls 4-by-800 relay, 10:52.90
6 Kali Constine, high jump, 4-8
6 Kali Constine, pole vault, 7-7.25
7 Mattie Rossi, 100-meter hurdles, 18.11
7 Mattie Rossi, 400-meter dash, 1:04.67
10 Jessica Rossi, shot put, 28-11.25
Phil Wertman Invitational in Grand Junction on Friday, April 17, rained out for Steamboat Springs and Soroco
Steamboat Springs — Soroco High School’s Ben Kelley is on a track and field tear, and the freshman couldn’t have picked a better time to ramp up his inaugural season with the Rams.
Kelley and the Soroco Rams, as well as Hayden’s and Steamboat Springs’ squads, will be at Moffat County’s annual Clint Wells Invitational this Friday, by far the closest meet any of the three schools get to “hosting” an event.
Kelley comes into the Clint Wells Invite just days off his phenomenal performance in the boys mile at Tuesday’s Battle Mountain Husky Invitational. He crossed in a new season-best time of 4:42.15, putting him within five seconds of being ranked in Class 2A’s top three for the event.
Marking for a very full Tuesday, Kelley also helped anchor a fourth-place finish at Battle Mountain for the Rams’ 4-by-800 relay team alongside Sarvis Anarella, Chance Beaty and Micah Gibbons. Kelley, Beaty and Gibbons joined Brandon Veilleux to finish sixth in the 4-by-400 relay team (3:42.83).
Soroco’s girls collected a handful of top-10 finishes at Battle Mountain, none better than the Rams’ 4-by-100 relay team of Cassie Constine, Kali Constine, Hayley Johnson and Mattie Rossi, which posted its best time since March 21, crossing in 54.24 for silver.
The Constines joined forces with Jessica Rossi and Charlee Veilleux to place fourth in the girls 4-by-800 relay, while Kali was sixth in both the high jump and pole vault, and Mattie Rossi was both seventh in the 100 hurdles and 400.
The Steamboat Springs Sailors — along with the Rams — got an unexpected weekend off last Friday. Grand Junction’s Stoker Stadium was set to play host to the Phil Wertman Invitational before a heavy dose of rain soaked the stadium, flooding the track and field and canceling the meet.
Even more unfortunate for Steamboat is that this weekend’s annual Moffat County invite will be sparse with Sailors’ red. Still, with Steamboat Springs High School on spring break this week, coach Erik Ramstad said he expects about a dozen of the 53-athlete roster to make the trip along U.S. Highway 40 to Craig.
“It’s amazing we get to take them,” Ramstad said, noting the Sailors didn’t participate at Moffat County last year. “Spring break is tough, and we completely understand that. With regionals being a week after spring break this year, we just wanted to give the kids an opportunity to compete if they’re around.”
Unlike Soroco, Steamboat and much of the rest of the Western Slope, the Hayden Tigers got a sliver of good weather in last Saturday’s Rangely Invitational.
Senior jumper Jack Redmond narrowly missed out on a few personal-best marks in the long and triple jump. Even so, Redmond took gold in both, leaping 40-feet-11.5-inches in the triple, and 20-feet-2.5-inches in the long. He was also second in the boys 400 (54.36) as he continues his pursuit to qualify for 2A state in all three events.
Fellow Tigers senior Thomas Rauch was silver in the high jump and bronze in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Hayden girls got a solid performance from sophomore Grace Wilke in the mile at Rangely in her 1,600-meter season debut, taking third in 6:24.53. Laura Johnson had her season-best time in the two-mile, placing second, while Jessica Hockett took fourth in the discus.
Friday’s Clint Wells Invitational starts at noon.
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