Soroco track dominates at West Grand
Steamboat Springs — The goal for Thursday’s Joe Shields Invitational at West Grand was to “work on some handoffs and just have some fun,” according to Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner.
The meet was a last-chance qualifier for next week’s state meet in Lakewood, and considering the majority of Soroco’s athletes are well within Class 2A qualifying times, the Rams could afford to take it easy.
But that didn’t mean Soroco couldn’t still dominate.
“I know it’s been probably eight or nine years since we’ve got first at a track meet,” Bruner said. “It was a great team effort. I had 14 girls there, and they were all part of getting first place. Had some kids that really stepped up and were willing to do some events to get points. That’s what that team deal is about.”
The Soroco girls scored 202 points to easily win the meet over West Grand (138 points) and Gunnison (84 points). The Rams took first in 14 events, 13 coming from the girls. Bruner estimates around 80 percent of the athletes recorded personal records.
The Soroco boys took sixth with 44 points.
“The kids performed really well. I’m real pleased,” Bruner said. “That’s what you want. Hopefully, we’ll peak next week. That’s the plan.”
Among Thursday’s winners were Chloe Veilleux in the mile and long jump, Lucy Carlson in the 400-meter dash, Mattie Rossi in the 300-meter hurdles, DaKota Bruner in the 200-meter dash, Kali Constine in the high jump and pole vault, Cassie Constine in the triple jump and Briana Peterson in the shot put. The girls’ 400, 800, 1,600 and sprint medley relay teams all took first.
Sophomore Ben Kelley was the lone boys’ winner, taking first in the 400-meter dash.
Teams should know Sunday afternoon who has qualified for the state meet, which begins Thursday. Bruner is hopeful the Rams will be able to compete in 13 events at state.
“Now, it’s just a waiting game,” Bruner said. “I feel pretty good about everything. I don’t think there is too much that we have that is on the bubble.”
Hayden takes fourth in Kremmling
The Hayden High School track and field team also competed at the Joe Shields Invitational Thursday, the boys and girls both taking fourth, overall.
The Tigers did not record any event winners but had numerous runner-up finishers. Second-place finishers for the girls included Makenna Knez in the 1,600-meter race, Geneva Kunshier in the 200-meter dash and Allison Ingols in the triple jump. The sprint medley and 1,600-meter relay teams also finished in second.
Runners-up for the boys included Tyler Hockaday in the long jump, Christian Carson in the discus and the 3,200-meter relay team.
Numerous others recorded top-five finishes.
Hayden must also now await Sunday’s announcement; a handful of athletes are sitting near the state qualifying cut-off.
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