Hayden’s Redmond jumps back into the swing of things at Eagle Valley Invite | SteamboatToday.com

Hayden’s Redmond jumps back into the swing of things at Eagle Valley Invite

— After nearly a month away from competition, Hayden High School senior Jack Redmond didn’t miss a beat in the long-jump pit.

Competing in the Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum Saturday, Redmond threw down the day’s best boys long jump of 20-feet-2.5-inches, taking home gold. His mark was nearly two feet better than his performance at the Rifle Invitational all the way back on March 13. Redmond also placed third in the triple jump (38-feet-11-inches) and was seventh in the 400 (54.80).

Also on the Tigers boys side, senior Thomas Rauch was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet-11-inches.

The Hayden girls were led by Jewel Vreeman in the long jump, where she took fourth with a jump of 15-feet-2.5-inches, more than a foot improvement from Rifle. Kyra Bennett took seventh in the triple jump (30-feet-2-inches), and Laura Johnson was ninth in the two-mile (14:32.19).

Both Steamboat Springs and Soroco track teams were also in Gypsum Saturday — a nice break from the huge meets the Sailors and Rams have competed in the past few weeks along the Front Range.

Soroco freshman Ben Kelley won the boys mile by two seconds, crossing in 4:45.39, five seconds better than his season-best time. Kelley was also fifth in the 800, finishing in 2:06.66.

Rams junior Chance Beaty took bronze in the long jump with a jump of 18-feet-3.5-inches and was 10th in the 800 (2:14.54).

Micah Gibbons finished fifth in the 400 (54.57) and was eighth in discus (118-feet-1-inch). Brandon Veilleux placed 10th in the high jump (5-feet-5-inches).

The Steamboat Springs girls again got a big day from a few of the Sailors’ distance runners.

Kathleen O’Connell was the bronze medalist in the girls mile, finishing in 5:39.96, eight seconds better than her performance in last week’s Broomfield Shootout. Steamboat’s Alex Tumminello was also a podium finisher, taking third in the 800 in 2:34.04, another improvement from her last 800 at Grand Junction’s Mickey Dunn Invite.

“We’re excited for the whole team,” Steamboat coach Erik Ramstad said. “We had great effort and everyone was very competitive within their races. It was really fun to see individuals working forward.”

Also on the Sailors girls side, Abigail Miller placed 13th in the mile in 6:10.

The Sailors boys were led by Ethan Labriola’s seventh-place time in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 46.27, a bump up from the Broomfield Shootout.

Senior Austin Kerbs was eighth in the 400 (55.71) and Britt Walton wasn’t far behind, taking 10th in the 400 (56.44). Both are newcomers to the sport and event.

“It’s really exciting to see,” Ramstad said. “We still have some new folks jumping into the mix. The team is coming together really well.”

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

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