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Soroco track on the attack

Girls team nabs second, boys earn fourth at Eagle Valley invite

Steven Meade, left, and Cody Miles compete in the 400-meter run Saturday in Gypsum. The Soroco boys finished fourth while the girls finished second.
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— Whether it’s an Oklahoma secret or not, Soroco track and field coach David Bruner has found something with his team.

The former coach in New Mexico and Oklahoma has been focusing on the relay teams, and Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational, the Rams didn’t disappoint.

The girls team finished second overall while the boys finished fourth.

“We just keep working hard and hopefully by regional, we will peak,” Bruner said. “It’s just the kids are working really hard and it’s starting to pay off.”

The girls team finished in the top 5 of all the relays including winning the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. On the boys side, both the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams finished in first.

“I think we’ve been doing a lot of good workouts that help our foundation,” said Traci Schlegel, who competed on three of the relays. “It got us where we’re at right now. We’re getting ready for regional and kind of hoping to hit at our best next week.”

The girls second place finish is especially impressive, Bruner said, considering the Rams were competing against mostly teams in larger classifications.

Coming into the day, Bruner said he was worried whether his team would be focused, considering Soroco’s prom was on Saturday night.

Saturday, he said, showed the level of focus it will take to be successful at regionals and state.

“I wasn’t sure about today,” he said. “But they came out and did a great job. I’m real pleased.”

With a meet in Battle Mountain on Tuesday, Bruner said he’s happy with where the Rams are.

“We’ve really been working hard on the relays and I think we’re starting to see the results,” Bruner said. “I think relay wise we stand a pretty good shot at regionals.”

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