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Hayden, Soroco compete today, eye May meet

— The Hayden and Soroco track and field teams are at a point in the season where coaches are starting to jockey around athletes to see who fits best for the regional meet on May 11 and 12.

Today’s meet in Eagle Valley should give them a better idea of where their athletes – and teams – stand.

With 11 teams scheduled to compete, including two teams the Rams and Tigers will see at regionals, both Soroco coach David Bruner and Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said this is where the push for the regional and state meets start.

“It should be some stiffer competition,” Kleckler said. “We’re hoping to see some other teams in our league that we haven’t already seen.”

Soroco and Hayden are both coming off impressive finishes at the Grand Valley meet on Wednesday. The Rams finished first in the boys and second in the girls while the Tigers finished first in the girls and fourth in the boys.

“My main expectation is to improve on what we did on Wednesday,” Bruner said. “There are a few bigger schools that are going to be there, and we want to be able to compete with those schools.”

Both coaches said practice time leading up to today’s meet has been focused on improving relay exchanges and starts. In Soroco, Bruner said he’s especially focusing on the 4-by-800-meter boys relay team and finding the right combinations of girls for relay teams.

“Even with the bigger schools, we still want to be in the top three of four,” he said. “We’ve worked (Thursday) for more than an hour on handoffs. We’re going to keep plugging away at that.”

Kleckler said he’s excited to see how his 4-by-100 and 4-by-200-meter boys relay teams – both teams that have had large amounts of success this season – fair against the bigger schools.

“We’re gearing up and trying to figure out as a coach where kids do the best,” Kleckler said. “We’ll be watching the other teams closely trying to figure where we stand.”

The meet begins at 8:30 a.m.

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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