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Soroco, Hayden to compete

Melinda Mawdsley

Assuming the weather cooperates, the Clint Wells Invitational on Saturday in Craig will be the most competitive track meet so far this season for Soroco and Hayden.

Twenty-three teams are planning to attend. But unlike the regional meet, each class size will compete against the other.

Runners such as Andy deGanahl and Kory Babcock of Soroco and Hayden’s 400-meter relay team — all state pre-qualifiers — will have the chance to test themselves against runners from larger schools such as Steamboat Springs, Montrose, Moffat County, Eagle Valley, Grand Junction Central and Fruita-Monument.

“In some events, this meet will be stronger than regionals and somewhat close to the state competition,” Soroco coach Gary Heide said. “We hope to rise to the occasion.”

Saturday’s meet, which is scheduled to begin about 8 a.m., is also a state pre-qualifying meet, and no one is more eager to qualify than the female members of Soroco’s sprint relays. Assuming the Sailors return at full force after spring break, the Rams will have at least one team to challenge them.

Saturday’s meet is the closest one for Steamboat Springs and Hayden this season and one of the shorter drives Soroco will make.

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“This meet should be pretty intense,” Tigers coach Kevin Kleckler said.

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