Local track teams stretch legs in Rifle
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs, Soroco and Hayden high school track teams fired from their seasons’ starting line Sunday. The three local teams combined for 27 top-10 finishes Friday at the Rifle Invitational, their first meet of the season.
Steamboat had 13 athletes make that mark, while Soroco and Hayden each had seven.
For Steamboat, bursting at the seams this spring with 80 athletes on the team, the top result came from what’s been one of the strongest areas of the team in recent seasons, the distance runners. A Sailors girls four-some, with freshmen Maggi Congdon and Siera Harrison and sophomores Isabelle Boniface and Winter Boese, won the 3,200-meter relay, finishing in a time of 10 minutes, 30.59 seconds.
The distance girls racked up other top finishes, as well. Boese was fourth in the 1,600 with a personal best time of 5:45.82. Congdon was seventh. Boniface placed fourth in the 3,200 with a personal best of 13:00.07.
Congdon, Maecey Crocker, Annika Malacinski and Boese teamed up to place fifth in the 1,600.
At a decidedly shorter distance, the 400 relay team, with Kari Saunders, Maddie Craigen, Alexis Balgenorth and Erico Moos, placed seventh.
For the boys, Cruz Archuleta was second in the 400. The boys 800 relay team, with Archuleta, Kline Clemente, Zach Gollnick and Ethan Labriola, placed second, as well.
The 3,200 relay, with Kyle Spognardi, Matthew Hansen, Aubrey Morrison and McKenyon King, was fifth, and the 400 relay was ninth.
John Foster was seventh in the 3,200 run, Kline Clemente eighth in the 100 and Eric Casey 10th in triple jump.
“We have a deep field of athletes who are brand new to our field events this year, and so we are excited by the opportunities for athletes there, with Gene Bridgewater coaching all the jumps and pole vault and Terry Tracy coaching throws,” coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. “Having just had our field thaw out this past week, Rifle was the first time for many athletes to try their field event.”
Wilkie leads Tiger results
Hayden’s biggest highlights came from freshman Hannah Wilkie, who logged two fourth-place finishes. She was fourth in the 400, then fourth again in the 800.
Allison Ingols also had two strong individual performances, placing fourth in the triple jump and eighth in long jump.
Faith Day was sixth in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches. The girls 1,600-meter relay team placed seventh, while the 800-meter sprint medley relay team was eighth.
On the boys side, Chris Carrouth was sixth in the 800. The boys 800-meter relay team placed 10th.
Rams jump to strong finishes
Soroco, without its two best long distance runners, Chloe Veuilleux and Ben Kelley, stood out the most in hurdles, led there by Mattie Rossi, who leapt to two second-place finishes. She placed second in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles.
Charlee Veilleux wasn’t far behind in the 300 hurdles, placing seventh.
The 400 relay team placed third.
For the boys, Brandon Veilleux was sixth in the 200, then ninth in the high jump. Cody Reynen was 10th in high jump.
“Our kids performed really well for their first meet of the season,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “We have a lot of work to do, and the kids know that. It’s a progression, and we want to peak at the right time. It’s a process, and we’ll get there.”
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