Notebook: How Routt County teams finished the state track meet
LAKEWOOD — Steamboat Springs High School junior Maggi Congdon got used to the podium at state track this weekend.
As Steamboat’s final competitor, Congdon was seeded 10th in the 1,600-meter run. She finished in seventh at 5 minutes, 7.92 seconds on Saturday. Her time was within one second of her personal best at altitude from last year, a 5:06.00.
“It wasn’t quite what I wanted, but I was still happy to be out on the podium,” Congdon said. “I was definitely looking for a faster time, but that’s still a season’s best at altitude.”
As a member of the 4×800-meter relay team, Congdon began the state meet standing at fourth on the podium. She grabbed her highest placing in the 800-meters, where she took second.
“Maggi is the most amazing sportswoman who can walk away and find the positives in any race,” Steamboat head track coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. “I think her competitive juices will be flowing with what comes next this summer. She will take away the privilege and positives of being where she was.”
Steamboat concluded its state appearance seeing its highest placements in Congdon’s races. The sprint medley, 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relays did not qualify past the preliminary rounds but saw potential in their youth. The Sailors finished 18th overall as a team.
“Every season I’ve coached in Steamboat, I always say, ‘If only we had one more month,'” Tumminello said. “We look at the athletes who have been racing and training in warmer weather, and they’ve peaked. I think our athletes still have more in the tank, especially sprinters.”
Hayden High School’s final runner on Saturday was freshman Jillian Bennett. She ran the 400-meter dash final in 1:01.46 to take eighth. Sophomore Gracie Day finished 10th in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 3.5 inches.
Senior Makenna Knez placed seventh in the 1,600, adding to her sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meters to take home two of a possible three podium finishes. It was her first trip to state track.
“It was kind of overwhelming at first, but a good kind,” Knez said. “I was like, ‘If I’m going to come to the big stage, I’m going to do well here.’ I’ve gone to state four times in cross country, but in track, it was like, ‘Wow, I’ve done it.'”
The Tigers sent 24 athletes to state and came away with nine podium finishes, including a state champion in the Class 2A girls triple jump. The girls finished 12th as a team, while the boys finished 21st.
The Rams sent 16 athletes to the state championship and saw two state titles in senior Chloe Veilleux and one in senior Grant Redmond.
Soroco junior Kourtney Bruner made the podium for the first time as an individual on Saturday, taking eighth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.10 seconds.
“I came in [seeded] ninth and I got eighth, so that’s what I wanted to do,” Bruner said. “When I started, my personal best was yesterday at 27.09 and today was 27.10, so I was super close.”
The Soroco girls team finished ninth overall, the highest team placement in Routt County. The Rams had five overall podium finishes.
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