Soroco’s Peterson leads the way at big Broomfield meet |

Soroco’s Peterson leads the way at big Broomfield meet

— Steamboat Springs’ girls distance runners and Soroco’s field athletes had strong showings at Friday’s Broomfield Shootout track and field invitational — one of the strongest meets of the regular season featuring a host of likely state champions.

For Steamboat, Kathleen O’Connell led the day’s strongest Sailors finish, taking 13th out of 58 runners in the mile. O’Connell finished in 5:47.12.

Fellow distance runner Alex Tumminello was 25th in the mile, about 11 seconds behind O’Connell. The Sailors’ girls 4-by-800 relay team of Tumminello, O’Connell, Seana Harker and Temsup Techarukpong took 11th in 11:01.20.

Sophomore Alexis Balgenorth was 20th out of 52 athletes in the girls long jump with a leap of 14-feet-3-inches.

On the Soroco boys side, freshman Ben Kelley placed 23rd in the boys 400 in his first try at the event this season. He crossed in 55.23 and was 20th in the two mile in 10:33.89.

The Rams boys 4-by-100 relay made huge improvements from last weekend’s Sabercat Invitational. The team of Chance Beaty, Micah Gibbons, Kelley and Storm Veilleux placed 13th in 46.56, about 10 seconds better than a week ago. Brandon Veilleux was 20th in the boys high jump, clearing 5-feet-6-inches.

Soroco’s girls were led by freshman Cassie Constine and junior Briana Peterson in each of their field events.

Peterson was sixth in the girls shot put with a throw of 31-feet-9.25-inches. Her finish was the top place for any Routt County athlete in Broomfield this weekend.

Constine placed 10th in the triple jump with a solid 30-feet-5.5-inches leap. She was also 22nd in the long jump at 14-feet-2-inches. Charlee Veilleux placed 28th in the long jump, as well.

Kali Constine again cleared 4-feet-10-inches in the high jump, tying her for eighth place.

Freshman Mattie Rossi was 24th out of 64 runners in the girls 400, coming in at 1:05.20.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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