Soroco’s Constine, Hayden’s Redmond show out in Rifle track meet |

Soroco’s Constine, Hayden’s Redmond show out in Rifle track meet

— The high school track and field season kicked off Friday in Rifle, and some Routt County athletes took home podium finishes at the annual Rifle Invitational.

Picking up where they left off last season, Hayden’s Jack Redmond and Soroco’s Kali Constine had stellar showings in their respective field events. Redmond took seventh in the long jump (18-feet-8.5-inches) and was the runner up in the triple jump, soaring 41-feet-0.75-inches, just three inches from first place.

Constine — last year’s bronze medal winner in the 2A state championship high jump — cleared 4-feet-10-inches in Rifle, good enough for a silver medal. Constine’s state championship jump last spring was 5-feet-1-inch.

Soroco also had other scattered top-10 finishes. Hayley Johnson was seventh in the girls 200-meter dash (28.86). Greta Thurston, a freshman, took 10th in the girls 400-meter dash for the Rams, Charlee Veilleux was eighth in the long jump, Constine grabbed third in the pole vault, and the girls’ 800-meter sprint medley unit was second, just three seconds behind Moffat County. Cassie Constine also placed sixth in the girls triple jump for Soroco.

On the Rams boys side, freshman Ben Kelley was 10th in the mile and sixth in the 800, the Soroco boys 4-by-400 relay was seventh, and Micah Gibbons finished fifth in the discus and fourth in the pole vault, just one slot ahead of teammate Andrew Schupner in the vault.

The Steamboat Springs girls, fresh off a great cross country season in the fall, broke in a young and largely new-to-the-sport squad in Rifle. Abigail Miller was ninth in the mile, the Sailors’ 400-by-400 relay was fifth, and Alex Tuminello was fourth in the 800, less than a second from a bronze medal.

“It went really well for a first meet,” Sailors coach Erik Ramstad said. “It was cool to help some of them see how track meets work. Everyone handled it really well.”

Some Hayden Tigers who recorded high marks included junior Jewel Vreeman, who finished fourth in the girls long jump, and Thomas Rauch, who placed 15th in the boys high jump. Rauch was also just behind Redmond in the boys long jump, taking eighth.

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