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Stanford eyeing lofty goals for season

— Jenni Stanford is hoping to reach new heights as a member of the Steamboat Springs High School track team this year, and she got off to a good start in Brighton last weekend at the Mercury Classic.

“We did OK,” head track coach Andy Reust said of the meet. “We only took 25 athletes, but there were a few kids that really came through for us.”

Stanford jumped 4-foot, 10-inches in the high jump event to earn her first first-place finish of the season. Reust said it was a solid start for an athlete with lofty goals this spring.



“Beating the high school record is one of her goals this season,” Reust said. “She also wants to make it to the state meet, of course.”

Stanford’s gold medal showing was just one of the top results for the girls team in Brighton. Teammate Jessica Flores also stood out with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.



She set a mark of 17.3 seconds in her first race of the year.

Other top finishes included Lennae Jenkins in fourth place in the 400-meter dash. She posted a time of 1:05.8 in the race.

She also ran the second leg of the 1,600-meter relay team, which finished sixth. Flores, Jennifer Hooper and Katie Carter were also on the team.

On the boys’ side, the 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter relay teams led the way with fourth-place showings.

Jeremy Hays, Ian Ramsay, Casey Roach and Daniel Ward finished the race in a time of 9:07.

Hays teamed up with Zach Forcum, Ian Ramsay, and Patrick McMahon in the 1,600-relay.

Top individual finishes included Ramsay in eighth in the 1,600-meter run and McMahon in fifth in the 400-meter dash.

Reust said the results were not bad for a team that just got on the track late last week.

Prior to that, the team was working out inside and along roads in Routt County.

He expects a much bigger team this weekend when the Sailors head to Eagle Valley for the second meet of the season. The meet is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. at Eagle Valley High School.


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