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Routt County state track and field contenders come into focus

Soroco’s Kourtney Bruner charges around the corner during the 200-meter dash last month at Moffat County High School.
Joel Reichenberger

Hayden Girls 

400 — 11. Hannah Wilkie, 1:01.04

800 — 1. Hannah Wilkie, 2:18.27

1,600 — 11. Makenna Knez, 5:43.28

1,600 — 14. Leah Carrouth, 5:52.80

800 sprint medley relay — 14. Hayden, 1:56.67

1,600-meter relay — 17. Hayden, 4.24.65

High jump —17. Faith Day, 4-10

Discus — 17. Kimberly Verastica, 104-4

Boys 

100 — 17. Alan Aguirre, 11.63

800 — 11. Chris Carrouth, 2:03.20

1,600 — 11. Chris Carrouth, 4:46.38

3,200 — 18. Wyatt Mortenson, 10:42.92

High jump — 12. Dawson Herfurth, 5-10f

Soroco 

Girls

100 — 14. Kourtney Bruner, 13.31

200 — 12. Kourtney Bruner, 27.15

400 — 10. Chloe Veilleux

12. Mattie Rossi, 1:01.08

800 — 2. Chloe Veilleux, 2:20.13

1,600 — 2. Chloe Veilleux, 5:24.58

3,200 — 7. Chloe Veilleux, 12:43.54

100 hurdles — 1. Mattie Rossi, 15.15

9. Charlee Veilleux, 16.78

300 hurdles — 3. Charlee Veilleux, 47.58

4. Mattie Rossi, 48.32

400-meter relay — 18. Soroco, 53.14

800-meter relay — 14. Soroco, 1:51.59

800 spring medley relay — 3. Soroco, 1:54.47

1,600-meter relay — 5. Soroco, 4:15.76

Long jump — 13. Mattie Rossi, 15-9.75

Triple jump — 13. Kourtney Bruner, 32-10.5

Pole vault — 16. Charlee Veilleux, 7-8

Boys 

400 — 2. Ben Kelley, 51.16

800 — 1. Ben Kelley, 1:54.43

1,600 — 1. Ben Kelley, 4:17.23

3,200 — 2. Ben Kelley, 10:01.04

High jump — 1. Grant Redmond, 6-6.5

Long jump — 18. Kendall Hood, 19-8

Pole vault — 18. Harrison Ashley, 10-8

Discus — 15. Schuyler Carlson, 128-10

Shot put — 5. Schuyler Carlson, 45-4

Steamboat

Girls

400 — 5. Maggi Congdon, 58.47

800 — 1. Maggi Congdon, 2:15.16

14. Winter Boese, 2:21.69

1,600-meter relay — 9. Steamboat, 4:13.80

3,200-meter relay — 10. Steamboat, 10:08.97

Boys 400-meter relay — 12. Steamboat, 44.80

800-meter relay — 7. Steamboat, 1:32.25

1,600-meter relay — 23. Steamboat, 3:36.25

Pole vault — 1. Eric Casey, 13-2

Discus — 10. Jack Tracy, 142-6

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A huge contingent of local high school track and field athletes are poised to be included in this week’s state championships, which begin Thursday in Lakewood and run through Saturday.

After the conclusion of the regular season Saturday, the Hayden, Soroco and Steamboat Springs high school track teams have a total of 22 athletes in position to make the state field with several more likely to get a chance once the field is settled early this week.

The top 18 athletes in each event and in each division earn a spot on the starting line at JeffCo Stadium in Lakewood, a chance to compete for a state championship. As athletes are limited to four events each, relays included, and some made the top 18 in more than that and will have to withdraw from some, several spots will open up, giving several more athletes just outside that top 18 a chance still to compete.

Hayden and Soroco each have nine athletes currently in line for spots. Especially in Soroco, those athletes will all have full schedules.

The Rams nine athletes are lined up to compete in 20 individual events, plus they’re qualified in four more relays.

Mattie Rossi, Kourtney Bruner, Chloe Veilleux and Charlee Veilleux are each qualified in three individual events, and there are four girls Soroco relay teams qualified to compete, as well — the 400-, 800-, 1,600- and sprint medley relays.

Rossi has the top time in the 100 hurdles, Chloe Veilleux the second-best time in both the 800 and 1,600 and Charlee Veilleux the No. 3 time in the 300 hurdles.

On the boys side, Ben Kelley is qualified individually in four events. He has the top times in the 800 and 1,600 and the No. 2 times in the 400 and 3,200. He’ll head to state trying to defend the three state championships he won there last year, though he said earlier this season he’s unlikely to attempt to go for four titles because of the event schedule.

Grant Redmond is the No. 1 seed in the high jump, and he’ll also be competing to defend a state championship.

Other Rams in line to compete are Kendall Hood, Harrison Ashley and Schuyler Carlson.

For Hayden, Hannah Wilkie, a sophomore, has the top time in the 800, an event she won last season. She’s all set to run the 400. Chris Carrouth is qualified in two events, as well. Makenna Knez, Leah Carrouth, Faith Day and Kimberly Verastica are all also in the top 18 of events for the girls while Alan Aguirre, Wyatt Mortenson and Dawson Herfurth are there for the boys.

The girls 800 sprint medley and 1,600 relay teams also qualified.

Steamboat is led by its distance runners on the girls side. Maggi Congdon has the top time in the 800 and also qualified to run the 400.

Eric Casey, then, has the best height in the state in pole vault.

Winter Boese and Jack Tracy also have top-18 performances for Steamboat.

Steamboat’s girls 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams are both qualified while the Sailors’ sprinting boys have the 400 and 800 relay teams qualified.

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


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