More Soroco records fall on final day of state track
Lakewood — Maybe Soroco High School junior Cassie Constine found out technique is overrated. After all, she broke her own school record Saturday in the Class 2A girls triple jump at the state meet in Lakewood and did it in unorthodox fashion.
“I landed on my butt, which I don’t do, normally,” Constine said. “I looked back, and I could tell it was far. Then, it was just the anticipation of waiting, and then, everyone started cheering. It was a good moment.”
Constine’s mark of 34 feet, 3.25 inches surpassed the 33-4.25 she hit last season and was good for a personal-best, fifth-place finish at state. Hayden High School freshman Allison Ingols, the only Tiger athlete to make the state meet, finished 15th in the same event with a jump of 31-4.25.
Saturday was the third and final day of the state meet at Jefferson County Stadium, and Constine was one of three Rams to break school records, continuing a season-long trend.
“We just all believe in each other so much, and we push each other in practice to be the best athletes that we can be,” Constine said. “It shows off when we are at the state track meet.”
Soroco sophomore Ben Kelley broke the school record in the boys 1,600-meter race, taking second in four minutes, 23.92 seconds. He lost to Lyons senior Paul Roberts, who set a 2A state meet record with a time of 4:19.54.
Kelley bested Roberts on Friday when he won the 2A boys 800-meter race. Roberts, a senior committed to run at CSU-Pueblo, wasn’t going to let that happen two days in a row.
“I didn’t expect to beat Paul Roberts. He came out angry, looking for revenge after yesterday,” Kelley said. “I’m really excited. I’m right there. That’s a really fast time. That was way faster than I expected to run this year.”
With two more years remaining, Kelley knows Roberts’ new state record time is within his grasp.
The third school record to fall Saturday was broken by Soroco freshman Chloe Veilleux, also in the mile. She finished fifth with a time of 5:27.96; Telluride sophomore Soleil Gaylord won in 5:16.06.
“I kind of had that at the back of my mind the whole race,” Veilleux said of the school record. “Got boxed in for a while, and people were cutting each other off. So, it was a little difficult, at first. But I had in my mind that I was going to kick it in at the end and finish strong.”
Veilleux remained near the back of the pack for the first few laps, but slowly crept forward. She edged Swallows Charter Academy’s Jennie Ann West with a dead sprint through the final 50 meters.
As impressive as her late-race sprints are — she’s done it with frequency this season — Soroco track coach David Bruner hopes she can get away from needing them next spring.
“We have to get better at going quicker, which is something Ben learned as a sophomore this year that he didn’t have last year,” Bruner said. “He learned that through racing experience. And Chloe will learn that through racing experience next year, hopefully. We’ll be kicking a little earlier and not get so far behind in the mile.”
While it was another strong day for the Rams, overall, it wasn’t perfect. Sophomore Mattie Rossi, seeded first in the 2A girls 100-meter hurdles final, false started and was not allowed to compete.
She found some redemption later in the afternoon, however, when she took fourth in the 300-meter hurdles race in 48.86 seconds. Veilleux finished eighth in the same race in 50.21 seconds.
The unofficial season count is 14 school records broken by six Soroco athletes in nine events, highlighted by Kelley winning the 2A state title in the 800-meter race Friday. The Rams are set to return the heart of their team next season, with Bruner also praising the talent of the upcoming middle school class.
“This is the most records we’ve broke in one year since I’ve been here. This is my 10th year at Soroco,” Bruner said. “We had a great season. The kids performed well down here. I was really pleased with everybody.”
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