Routt County track teams prepare for final regular season meets
Steamboat Springs — As it’s become tradition, this is generally the time the Soroco High School track and field team shines.
The Rams have become a staple at the state meet and have one last chance to qualify today and Friday at the regional meet in Grand Junction. The top three individuals and teams that haven’t already prequalified for the state meet advance.
“We’ve been tapering off for the last week or week and a half,” Soroco assistant coach Kim Bruner said. “The key is pretty much staying healthy and being able to drop our times and hand-offs.”
Alex Estes already has qualified in the long and triple jumps, two events in which he should have a chance to place high during the state meet.
Matt Watwood has prequalified in the discus.
Soroco also should have opportunities in the girls sprint medley, 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. The boys 1,600 and 3,200-meter relay teams also should have a good shot.
Michael Rossi will have an opportunity in the 800-meter run, and Micaela Meyer should have a chance in the 300-meter hurdles.
“We’re going to take it one event at a time,” Bruner said.
Hayden squad readies for regional track meet
Like most schools on the Western Slope, Hayden High School hasn’t gotten much good out of the weather.
The Tigers were set to get one more solid track practice in Tuesday before leaving for the regional tournament Wednesday. But thanks to rain and snow, the team was again forced inside, and with the regional track meet starting today and continuing Friday in Grand Junction, coach Barbara Manzanares said there is some cause for concern.
“We’re as ready as we’re going to be,” Manzanares said. “We haven’t been able to get outside. I hate to keep blaming it on the weather because everybody is in the same boat. But a lot of the kids are ready mentally. Physically, they’re ready to give it the final push.”
The Tigers have prequalified Chris Zirkle in the two mile, Jake Walker in the 100-meter dash and Rene Valdez in the high jump.
Manzanares said she thinks several others have the chance to qualify at the meet, specifically Savannah Williams in the mile and 2 mile, Zirkle in the mile, Walker in the 200-meter run and Aubree Haskins in the shot put and triple jump.
“Hopefully, we’ll be adding a couple more kids,” she said. “We’ve had some good moments and some bad moments this season, but we’re in as good a shape as we can be. There are kids right there on the cusp that have a good shot of pulling it out.”
Steamboat track set for Grand Junction showcase
The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team knows the hard realities of Class 4A track.
With only the top 18 athletes or teams advancing to the state meet, Steamboat is up against it as it prepares for the last regular season track meet of the year today and Friday in Grand Junction.
Going into the event, only Jaime Winter in the pole vault and Gus Allen in the 3,200-meter run are in the top 18.
Allen is 18th and Winter is 12th, but she might not compete at state because of an injury.
“You just want to go out and have fun and do the best you can,” Steamboat coach Andy Reust said. “They’re going to be fresh.”
Steamboat has outside chances in several areas to move runners into the top 18. Jack Burger is 25th in the 3,200, four seconds out of the top 18. Kailee Duryea is two seconds out of the top 18 in the 300 hurdles, and the boys 3,200 relay team of Jeff Sperry, Jack Burger, Colton Lewer and Dylan Pivarnik is eight seconds out of the top 18.
“They’ll all be fresh for the most part,” Reust said. “Especially the way the weather was the last couple days at home. We didn’t get a lot done, but it was fine.”
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