New to another sport, Soroco’s Carlson again one of 2A’s best at state track |

New to another sport, Soroco’s Carlson again one of 2A’s best at state track

LAKEWOOD — Schuyler Carlson is quick to admit he’s a beginner when it comes to shot put, an event that seems simple enough but is nevertheless heavily reliant on a thrower’s form.

“You’d think it’d be a lot easier, but it’s not,” said the Soroco High School senior, out for track this spring for the first time.

He knows even less about proper form discus, yet he still managed to qualify for state in both events, and Thursday, Carlson earned a state medal in one of those sports he barely knows, placing seventh in the Class 2A boys shot put competition at the state track and field championships in Lakewood.

Carlson threw 43 feet 8.75 inches, short of his best but good enough to climb on the podium. It’s been a podium kind of season for him after he was a key figure in the Soroco football team’s run to the 8-man semifinals and went undefeated on his way to winning a Class 2A wrestling state championship.

“Coming from wrestling, I like winning, but you have to take what you can get and this was the best I could do,” Carlson said. “It was fun. It was something different and it was fun.”

Steamboat also got medals Thursday from pole vaulter Eric Casey and its girls 3,200-meter relay team, but after that a handful of athletes put themselves into good positions to score medals of their own after breaking through Thursday’s preliminary races at state.

Soroco’s girls sprint medley relay team with Charlee Veilleux, Bailee Boles, Kourtney Bruner and Chloe Veilleux easily qualified, advancing to the finals with the second-best time, 1:54.51, just behind No. 1 Hotchkiss, 1:53.79.

Hayden’s medley relay with Mia Mikos, Gracie Day, Faith Day and Hannah Wilkie placed 15th in 1:57.36.

Soroco senior Mattie Rossi qualified through to finals in first place in her best event, the 100 hurdles. She finished in 15.51 seconds, the best time by 0.32 seconds. Classmate Charlee Veilleux just missed advancing, placing 11th in 17.09.

Steamboat’s Jack Tracy had a strong showing in the 3A boys discus, throwing 136 feet 7 inches to place 10th, just outside the medals.

Both Rossi and Hayden’s Wilkie were just short of advancing in the 400 prelims. Wilkie was 11th in 1:02:00 and Rossi 12th in 1:02.24.

Soroco’s Kourtney Bruner was just out in the 200 at 10th in 27.09.

Steamboat’s boys 800-meter relay team, with Tanner Raper, Jameson Tracy, Kline Clemente and Gollnick had a close call, as well, finishing 12th in 1:32.98.

Kendall Hood was 16th for Soroco in the 2A boys long jump, reaching 18-3. Hayden’s Faith Day was 17th in the high jump, clearing 4-8 and Soroco’s 800-meter relay team, with Bailee Boles, Katie Olinger, Hannah Hayes and Taylor Sanchez, placed 17th in 2:08.49.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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