Hayden track team produces qualifying marks at final meet before state
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Hayden High School track team traveled to the Cardinal Invite for its last shot at posting state-qualifying marks.
The boys team recorded a fifth place team performance while the girls claimed sixth overall out of 13 teams.
“Most of our guys had solidified spots prior to Saturday,” Tigers head coach Mike Crum said. “We had some of our younger guys pushing hard to get there, but in the end, we fell short. Our jumps and sprints were an area where it was evident we were young. Looking at the top 18 lists, many of those qualifiers are juniors and seniors, and it’s tough competition for freshmen and sophomores.”
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Kimberley Verastica qualified for state with a 100-foot throw in the discus. Allison Ingols also achieved a state-qualifying triple jump mark of 32 feet, 9 1/2 inches, joining Alison Rajzer and Gracie Day in the event at state.
The girls 4×100-meter relay team of Rae Scott, Day, Rajzer and Ingols pushed its way into the top 18 in the state.
All senior girls are sitting comfortably in state contention. Faith Day will run the sprint medley relay and high jump. Ingols will appear in the 4×100 relay and triple jump. Makenna Knez qualified in the 800-, 1,600- meters and the 3,200-meters.
The boys 4×400-meter relay team of Micah Crum, Justin Fry, Keaton Knez and Chris Carrouth ran in a highly competitive race at the Cardinal Invite. The Tigers finished third in a field where every school in the top three finished within tenths of a second of each other. The Tigers finished with a time of 3 minutes, 40.80 seconds, less than a second away from the school record.
All of the senior boys have qualified for state so far. Carrouth qualified in the 4×800-meter relay, 1,600, 400-meter dash, 4×400 relay and is No. 1 going into the 800. He will drop his qualifying spot in the 1,600 because he only gets to participate in four events by rule.
Hunter Hatcher qualified in the discus earlier this season and has held his spot. Theo Corrello qualified for state with the 4×800 relay team, and Justin Fry will travel to state with the 4×400 relay.
“Our senior women and men have really held us together this year as a team,” Crum said. “They came into the season with big goals and a desire to win, and now, they’ve got one more goal in mind, and that is to be on the podium at state.”
All state qualifiers were athletes ranked in the top 18 in Class 2A by the time these results were submitted. Complete, official lists of state-qualifiers will be available in Thursday’s Steamboat Pilot & Today and at SteamboatPilot.com.
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