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Soroco running tough

Melinda Mawdsley

— The Soroco girls track and field team is a threat to win the Western Slope League title, but West Grand will be tough to beat.

Hosting the league meet May 6, the Mustangs have the home-track advantage. At Saturday’s Vail Christian Invitational, West Grand edged past Soroco in the final team standings.

“It will be a tight race at league,” Rams coach Gary Heide said.

The Rams didn’t show their full lineup Sat–urday.

“I’ve been talking to them about it,” Heide said. “We should set our sights on it. Anytime a small school like Soroco has a chance to win league, we’ve got to try.”

Kyla Schmidt won the 100 meter, 400 meter and long jump Saturday. Sarajane Rossi picked up first in the 800, and Genessa Heide won the 200, giving the Rams an obvious edge in the open events, though Paonia did not attend.

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The Rams also were strong in the 400-meter relay, winning the race in 52.41 seconds with Toni Lombardi, Genessa Heide, Darcy Wisecup and Schmidt. The 1,600-meter relay team also won.

“We are going to stick with that and with the girls (1,600-meter relay),” Gary Heide said. “I’m excited about that group.”

Glenda Long returned Sat–urday from a back injury, and Gary Heide is hoping to get her in condition quickly. She is an important member of the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams hoping to qualify for state.

“We are just going to take what we can get out of her,” Heide said. “We can’t work her too hard, or she will be sluggish when she can’t be.”

The Rams also picked up valuable points with Wisecup, Lombardi, Traci Schlegel and Amanda Wilson in the hurdle events. Schlegel led all hurdlers with a third-place showing in the 300-meter hurdlers, running a 54.44.

“She’s attacking it,” Heide said. “She will do well at league.”

Wilson also scored the girls’ first points of the year in the throwing events, finishing eighth in the shot put.

Soroco’s boys also finished second at the Vail Christian Invitational, though West Grand ran away with the team race, scoring 151 points to Soroco’s 68.

“Second is pretty good,” Heide said. “I’m surprised we keep scoring as many points as we do.”

Kieran Corrigan led the way, winning the 800 and the 1,600. After saying he was going to run slowly, Corrigan posted a 4:43 in the 1,600 to win.

“Kieran is running so smart these days,” Heide said.

Corrigan ran a 2:04.94 in the 800. The 1,600-meter relay team of Johnny DeCosta, Steve Meade, Kyle Hendrickson and Corrigan won in 3:40.5. They are less than a second from qualifying for the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships.

Their next chance comes at the Clint Wells Invitational on Friday at Moffat County High School. Soroco will have competition from Rifle and Moffat County.

“They are right there,” Heide said about the quartet’s time. “If it’s a halfway decent day, I’d be shocked if we didn’t qualify.”

Hayden and Steamboat Springs also will be in Moffat County on Friday, but the Sailors will have reduced numbers because of spring break.

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