Rams track doubles up in weekend invites | SteamboatToday.com

Rams track doubles up in weekend invites

— The Soroco High School track and field team loaded up this weekend by entering in Friday’s Coal Ridge Invitational then doubling up in Saturday’s Glenwood Demon Invitational, and the Rams didn’t disappoint along Interstate 70.

On Friday, freshman distance runner Ben Kelley took second in the boys mile, finishing the 1,600-meter race in 4:48.97, a little off his season-best time set last week.

Kelley was also part of the Rams’ fourth-place 4-by-800 relay team of Sarvis Anarella, Chance Beaty and Micah Gibbons that finished in 9:01.66.

Soroco also took home bronze in the 4-by-400 relay in a solid time of 3:45.37. The Beaty, Gibbons, Kelley and Brandon Veilleux team was less than 15 seconds off Coal Ridge’s top time of 3:31.97.

That same foursome grabbed seventh out of 20 teams in the boys 4-by-200 relay, crossing in 1:40.40.

The Rams girls were paced by their own 4-by-400 relay squad of Cassie Constine, Kali Constine, Briana Peterson and Mattie Rossi. They finished fifth overall in 4:30.07. Kali Constine also took fifth in the girls pole vault, clearing 7 feet, 3 inches.

Cassie Constine (seventh, 13.74) and Hayley Johnson (11th, 13.87) also performed well in the girls 100. Peterson, a junior, was eighth in the girls shot put with a toss of 30 feet, 9 inches. The Rams girls 4-by-100 relay of Kali Constine, Johnson, Peterson and Mattie Rossi also had one of its season-best times of 55.39, good enough for sixth.

Soroco mixed it up a bit in Saturday’s Demon Invitational by focusing primarily on individual events.

Kelley was gold in the boys two mile, finishing in 10:45.22, 11 seconds better than second place. He was also fourth in the 400 (53:86), and Micah Gibbons had a season-best performance in the discus ring with a throw of 120-feet-3.5-inches, putting him in fourth place.

On the girls side in Glenwood, Johnson took fourth in the 100, besting her time from the day before. Mattie Rossi was close behind in fifth in the 100, and also took seventh in the 300 hurdles. Peterson placed fifth in the girls shot put (28 feet, 11 inches), and Cassie Constine was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, 11 inches.

Newcomers continue to perform for Sailors track

The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team had some new members get their first tastes of competition this season, and the newcomers came through in a big way in Saturday’s Demon Invitational.

Boys senior Austin Kerbs gave high jump a try this week, and even with the short amount of practice time, he had some big leaps. Kerbs finished with the silver medal with a 6-foot jump, the same height as the winner, but the Sailor had more attempts.

“We’re just continuing to see what events the kids are excited and interested in doing,” Steamboat coach Erik Ramstad said. “We’re trying to focus in on what they’re interested in and where they’ll excel.”

The Steamboat boys 4-by-800 relay had a few fresh faces as well and took home a bronze medal. Finn O’Connell, Grant Andrews, Erik Rudolph and Peter Myller crossed in 9:44.89.

“They did really well,” Ramstad said about the relay group. “It was fun to see them progress through that race and build through it.”

Individually, O’Connell took third in the mile in 5:15.83, while newcomer Cruz Archuleta placed seventh in the 400 (55.10) and ninth in the 200 (24.99). Myller wasn’t far behind O’Connell in the mile, placing sixth in 5:25.99.

The Sailors girls had a handful of top-10 finishes, led by Alex Tumminello’s fourth-place 800 in 2:33.03, a hair better than last week’s time. Abigail Miller was a fifth-place finisher in the girls two mile (13:25.40), while Temsup Techarukpong took sixth in the 400 (1:05.96) and 11th in the long jump.

Rauch grabs gold in boys high jump

Hayden senior Jack Redmond continues to collect track medals, but this week he wasn’t alone on the podium at Coal Ridge on Friday.

Redmond was second in the long jump with another over-20-foot-jump of 20 feet. 4.5 inches, and took fifth in the triple jump (39 feet, 2 inches).

Thomas Rauch, however, grabbed the Tigers’ lone gold medal for either the boys or girls side. The senior had his season-best jump of 6 feet. 0.5 inches in the high jump, winning by more than 2 inches.

Hayden’s Jewel Vreeman took 15th in the girls 100, finishing in 14.17.

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

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