Rams pile up strong results on second day of state track meet
Lakewood — The 2016 season was only the first step for the Soroco High School girls sprint medley team. Comprised of juniors Cassie Constine, DaKota Bruner, Morgan George and sophomore Mattie Rossi, the girls managed to find a way to PR in nearly every event this spring, leading to Friday’s 2A state meet race in Lakewood.
“I feel like every meet, we got better,” Bruner said. “We peaked at state, which is where we wanted to peak. Next year, we are all going to try to get in the weight room and get stronger.”
The Rams’ sprint medley team finished sixth in Friday’s race with a time of one minute, 55.66 seconds. Their prelim time of 1:54.59 was a season best.
This same group makes up Soroco’s 4×100-meter relay team, which, disappointingly, finished 10th in the morning’s prelim, one spot outside of making Saturday’s finals. This was fuel for their fire heading into the afternoon’s medley.
“We were one place away from finals, and that was kind of heartbreaking,” Bruner said. “So for that to happen this morning, it gave us more motivation to get on the podium.”
Kali Constine breaks school record
Soroco senior Kali Constine had a rough day Thursday, the first of the state meet. She failed to record a mark in the 2A girls high jump, but found a way to redeem herself Friday.
In the 2A girls pole vault, Constine finished fifth with a school record height of eight feet, eight inches, a mark she had surpassed in practice but never in legitimate competition.
“Yesterday was disappointing, but today I knew I could do it, so I just came at it,” Constine said. “This is a better way to finish high school than yesterday.”
Her competition included Vail Christian senior Taylor Alexander, who broke the 2A meet record with a height of 11-09. Even that didn’t match her seed mark of 12-04.
Veilleux shines in 800
Freshman Chloe Veilleux continues to shatter her own records. In Friday’s 800-meter girls race, she set the school record with a time of 2:23.93 to finish in fourth place.
“I knew there were a few girls in front of me by just a second or two,” Veilleux said of their seed times. “I was expecting to beat them. But I didn’t really know what to expect, besides that. I was just going for it.”
Now, Veilleux hopes to break the school record in the mile Saturday. She is seeded seventh entering the race with a PR of 5:34.03. The rising star also snuck into the girls 300-meter hurdles finals, placing ninth in 49.35 seconds, also a PR.
Rossi ready for spotlight
Saturday could be a defining day in the young career of Soroco sophomore Mattie Rossi. She enters the 100-meter hurdles final with the top seed and was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles prelim.
“It makes my stomach flip, every time, just thinking about it,” Rossi said of her high marks entering Saturday’s finals. “I’m just going to go in there and do what I always do.”
Rossi had been ranked No. 1 in Class 2A in the 100-meter hurdles most of the season. The only athlete ranked ahead of her entering prelims, Wray’s Alyssa Valko, finished last in the prelim race and won’t compete in the final. Valko is the top seed in the 300-meter hurdles, however.
Also Saturday, junior Cassie Constine will be a podium contender in the girls triple jump. Unlike previous years, when she has finished in the top 10, Constine won’t have to run before the triple jump finals and hopes her fresh legs will work to her advantage.
“I just want to get higher than eighth, because that’s where I was last year,” Constine said. “I just want to go out with a bang.”
Her PR is 33-4, set last season.
Hayden freshman Allison Ingols, the only Tiger to qualify for state, will also compete in Saturday’s 2A triple jump finals.
Soroco senior Briana Peterson (shot put) and the Rams 4×400-meter relay team did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.
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