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Sailors having a field day

Sailors jumpers, throwers improving

Melinda Mawdsley

While the runners continue to work their way into mid-season shape, Steamboat Springs High School’s field athletes are ready to score consistent points for the team.

The Sailors’ boys had at least one athlete place in each field event en route to a second-place team finish Saturday at the Joe Shields Invitational hosted by West Grand. Steamboat’s girls had one girl place in three of the five events Saturday.

The only event in which Steam–boat was shut out was the pole vault, an event not practiced by any Routt County track and field team.

One week after qualifying for the Class 4A State Track and Field Championships, junior Westin Cofer threw the discus 154 feet, 3 inches, which was more than 10 feet farther than his previous best. He won the event and also placed third in the shot put, throwing it 43-3 1/4.

Assistant coach Ken Brenner works with the throwers, who have had limited opportunities to practice in a real discus arena or shot-put pit.

“They throw against the wall,” Sailors coach Andy Reust said. “They’ve been in the parking lot when there aren’t any cars around.”

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In addition to Cofer, who began throwing the shot and disc last season, sophomore Lizzie Stoll continues to improve. She placed fourth in the discus, throwing it 92-4. She also was sixth in the shot put with a throw of 28-4 1/4.

“She threw her best so far this year in both,” Reust said.

Sophomore Chelsea Mosser also had her longest jump of the season, leaping 14-11 3/4 to place second in the long jump.

Sophomore Jake Stanford won the long jump, leaping 18-7 1/2. He also placed third in the triple jump, clearing 39-1 1/4. His teammate Colby Kostur was fourth in the triple jump.

Darren Burke was third, and Kostur was eighth in the high jump, wrapping up Steamboat’s scorers in the field events.

Several Steamboat athletes placed in the top three in the running events, including hurdlers Walker Hammond and Hannah Bowers, both seniors.

Mosser also placed second in the 100 and 200 meters. Fresh–man Brittany Long placed second in the 1,600.

Conditions in Kremmling were cooler and windier than at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on March 25 during the team’s first meet, so times across the board were slower.

“Right now, do I expect them to run the best they possibly can?” Reust asked. “Of course not. Every kid has a heavy workload. We started out a bit slower this year. The next two weeks, if they can make it through the next two weeks, they’ll make it.”

Reust has repeated that results and times during April mean little.

“We have one goal in mind, and that is to get ready for regionals,” he said.

Steamboat will return to Stocker Stadium for the Palisade Invitational on Saturday. The Grand Junction facility is the site of this year’s regional meet, so the Sailors try to race there as often as possible.