Steamboat, Soroco, Hayden track athletes shine in Craig
1st — boys high jump: Grant Redmond, 6-4.5
1st — girls 100 hurdles: Mattie Rossi, 15.50
2nd — girls 300 hurdles: Charlee Veilleux, 47.58
2nd — girls 200 dash: Kourtney Bruner 27.30
3rd — girls 800 relay: Mattie Rossi, Chloe Veilleux, Bailee Boles, Kourtney Bruner, 1:51.59
3rd — boys shot put: Schuyler Carlson, 45-4
3rd — boys long jump Kendall Hood, 19-8
3rd — girls 400 relay: Mattie Rossi, Chloe Veilleux, Bailee Boles, Kourtney Bruner, 54.34
5th — girls 100 hurdles: Charlee Veilleux, 17.45
5th — girls 100 dash: Kourtney Bruner, 13.38
5th — boys 800 relay: Ben Kelley, Jesse Koler, Grant Redmond, Nic Estes, 1:39.20
6th — boys 3200 run: Alex Colby, 11:55.39
8th — boys 3,200 relay: Brad Veilleux, Skyler Langston, Tyler Wixom, Alex Colby, 9:56.62
1st — boys 800 run: Chris Carrouth, 2:04.69
2nd — boys 3200 run: Wyatt Mortenson, 11:07.79
2nd — girls 400 run: Hannah Wilkie, 1:01.04
4th — girls 1,600 relay: Leah Carrouth, Rosalie Mortenson, Gracie Day, Hannah Wilkie, 4:29.12
4th — boys 3,200 relay: Keaton Knez, Wyatt Mortenson, Theodore Corrello and Chris Carrouth, 9:06.05
4th — girls 800 sprint medley relay: Rosalie Mortenson, Mia Mikos, Gracie Day, Hannah Wilkie, 1:57.23
5th — girls triple jump: Gracie Day, 30-10.5
6th — boys triple jump: Aiden MacGillavrey, 37-01
6th — girls 1,600 run: Leah Carrouth, 5:52.80
7th — boys 100 dash: Alan Aguirre, 11.95
7th — girls discus Kimberly Verastica, 100-04
8th — girls long jump: Gracie Day, 14-10.25
1st — girls 800: Winter Boese, 2:23.90
2nd — girls long jump: Marcada Baker, 15-7
2nd — girls 1,600 relay: Winter Boese, Isabelle Boniface, Siera Harrison, Marcada Baker, 4:22.17
3rd — girls 800 sprint medley relay: Nichole Mueller, Aliyah Reimer, Marcada Baker, Winter Boese, 1:56.60
4th — girls 800 run: Isabelle Boniface, 2:32.93
4th — boys 200 dash: Kline Clemente 23.63
7th — boys 3,200 relay: Quinn Wellman, James Bogan, Jeremiah Kelley, Josh Bush
7th — boys long jump: Jameson Tracy, 18-0
7th — boys 800 relay: Jameson Tracy Josh Hamilton, Christopher Morris, Eric Casey, 1:40.68
8th — girls 200 dash: Aliyah Reimer, 28.52
8th — 100 dash: Nichole Mueller 13.60
CRAIG — Steamboat Springs High School senior Kline Clemente walked toward his track and field coach, Lisa Renee Tumminello, his face and chest soaked with sweat and water and arms in the air, a half-empty fat jug of water tangling from one.
“That,” he said emphatically, “was a 200!”
In at 23.63 seconds, he hadn’t had the fastest time Friday at the Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School. He placed fourth, but he logged a personal best, shaving 0.55 seconds off his time.
The result pushed him from 70th in Class 3A in the state to 34th and at least within eyesight of the state track and field championships, where the top 18 athletes in each event and each classification will compete next month.
It’s not quite the homestretch for local track athletes.
The Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Soroco high school teams will head to their league and regional meets next week, then log one more week of action after that, before the state championships come around the corner May 17 to 19 in Lakewood at JeffCo Stadium.
Still, it’s the time of year to be logging personal bests, and on a warm spring Friday afternoon in Craig all three schools saw an abundance of that.
Each of the three schools had at least one athlete win an event.
For Hayden, that was junior Chris Carrouth, who had a strong day across his events. His best was the 800-meter run, which he won in a time of 2 minutes, 4.69 seconds. He also ran with the Tigers’ fourth-place 3,200 relay team, partnering up with Keaton Knez, Wyatt Mortenson and Theodore Corrello.
“I’m just really proud of the kids,” first-year coach Renee Jensen said. “We have a really young team, and watching them grow from the start of the season until now has been amazing. They’re getting PRs at every meet.”
Hayden altogether had 12 entries place in the event, and it had two other top-three finishes. Wyatt Mortenson was second in what was his first attempt at the 3,200 this season, finishing in 11 minutes, 7.79 seconds. Hannah Wilkie was second in the 400 in 1:01.04.
Steamboat junior Winter Boese won the girls 800. She ran the first lap at the front of the race with a pair of competitors before making a move midway through the second lap to pull away and cruise across the line, well ahead of the pack.
She also scored for Steamboat as a part of the 1,600 and sprint medley relay teams. She ran with Isabelle Boniface, Siera Harrison and Marcada Baker in the 1,600, which placed second, and Baker, Nichole Mueller and Aliyah Reimer in the sprint medley, placed third.
Steamboat managed to earn points with 11 entries despite competing with just a fraction of the squad as the school’s spring break has many athletes out of town and away from competitions.
Bakar also had a top-three finish, placing second in the long jump.
“We did great for having less than a third of our squad here, and even most of those who were here have been on vacation for the last five days,” Tumminello said. “Our goal was just to get their legs back underneath them, to get back out there racing and that, I feel really good about.”
Soroco got a win in the high jump from reigning state champion Grant Redmond, who cleared 6 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Redmond also ran on the Rams’ fifth-place 800 relay team with Ben Kelley, Jesse Koler and Nic Estes.
It got another from Mattie Rossi in the 100 hurdles.
The team had 12 athletes or teams place, including seven in the top three. Charlee Veilleux was second in the 300 hurdles, Kourtney Bruner second in the 200, Schuyler Carlson third in the shot put and Kendall Hood third in the long jump.
The relay lineup of Rossi, Chloe Veilleux, Bailee Boles and Bruner placed third in both the 800 relay and the 400 relay.
“It was a good day. We had a lot of PRs, about 80 percent,” coach David Bruner said. “We’re actually ahead of where we’ve been the last three or four years. We have one more pretty good workout Monday, then we’ll starting tuning them up for the next two weeks.”
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