Girls sprint medley, Kerbs’ shot put anchor Sailors track |

Girls sprint medley, Kerbs’ shot put anchor Sailors track

— The girls sprint medley set the tone early and an unpredictable performance to close the meet marked an improved second invitational for the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team.

Competing at Grand Junction’s Mickey Dunn Invitational, the Sailors’ girls 800-meter sprint medley grabbed a silver medal in the day’s opening event. Sawyer Gander and Alexis Balgenorth opened with back-to-back 100-meter dashes. Riley Toye took the baton for the third-leg 200-meter dash and passed off to Temsup Techarukpong, who took home the final 400 meters. The relay team was about 1 second away from stealing victory from Eagle Valley.

“It set a great tone for the rest of the meet,” Steamboat coach Erik Ramstad said. “That got everybody excited.”

Then toward the end of the meet, Steamboat’s Austin Kerbs picked up a brand-new event Saturday and shined.

The slender-but-athletic senior — who looks more like a high jumper or sprinter than a shot putter — heaved a 44-foot-6-inch throw in the shot put ring, good enough for fourth overall. Kerbs’ blend of speed, quickness and power left him a little more than a foot away from taking the bronze medal.

“We kind of gave him the opportunity and that has been a big selling point this year, letting kids do what they think they want to do to get their enthusiasm up,” Ramstad said. “We were really excited to see his amazing performance.”

In between, Steamboat got a few other solid performances in the track events.

Abigail Miller improved her mile time by 3 seconds from the Sailors’ opening meet to take 11th in Grand Junction with a time of 6:04.14.

Fellow distance runner Alex Tumminello also made headway on her opening-season time in the 800, finishing in eighth place at Saturday’s meet. She finished in a time of 2:36.39.

“We had a bunch of individuals who were competing in their second meet and were setting personal records,” Ramstad said. “It’s great to see early in the season everyone getting to where they want to be and positioning themselves for later in the season.”

Next up for Steamboat is the Broomfield Shootout Friday.

Soroco holds its own at large-school meet

Missing a few athletes, the Soroco High School track and field team fared well while taking on some of the state’s best Saturday at the Sabercat Invitational in Parker.

On the boys side, freshman distance runner Ben Kelley again hung with the pack, finishing 21st in the mile in 4:50.89 and 16th in the two mile in 11:06.73. Kelley’s mile time was 7 seconds faster than his time from the Rams’ first meet in Rifle a week ago.

Kelley’s senior teammate Micah Gibbons finished 20th out of 45 competitors in the boys discus with a heave of 106-feet-11-inches.

The Soroco girls were led by Mattie Rossi’s 12th-place finish in the 300 hurdles, posting a solid early season time of 53.33 seconds. The freshman may have found her track niche after not even competing in the girls 300 hurdles at Rifle.

In other action, senior Hayley Johnson placed 27th out of 45 sprinters in the girls 100-meter dash.

Soroco’s girls 4-by-100 relay placed ninth, and Cassie Constine placed 13th out of 26 jumpers in the triple jump.

“It was a great track meet. It was really big,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “It was good for us to see some great competition. I thought our kids performed well for their second track meet.”

Like Steamboat, the Rams will be at Friday’s Broomfield Shootout.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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