More records fall for Soroco track
April 23, 2016
Steamboat Springs — It's a bad time to be a Soroco High School track and field school record. This season, the Rams have shown a penchant for breaking those records, including the destruction of two more Friday at the Coal Ridge Invitational.
"We have broken five records this year, already," Soroco track coach David Bruner said. "I don't think we are done breaking records yet, either."
Sophomore Ben Kelley added another to his mantle piece, breaking the school record in the boys' 800-meter race. His time of 1 minute, 59.8 seconds easily won Friday's race.
Kelley now holds the Soroco track record for the 800, mile and two-mile races — a race he also won Friday in 10:35.30. He did not run the mile at Coal Ridge.
Also Friday, senior Briana Peterson broke the school's 26-year-old record in the girls' shot put. Her toss of 34 feet, 7.5 inches took second at the meet and now places her in the top 15 of Class 2A.
Sophomore Mattie Rossi broke the school's 100-meter hurdles record two meets ago.
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"We had a great day," Bruner said of Friday's meet. "Overall, I'll bet we had 90 percent PRs by all of our kids, which is awesome. You just don't see that at every track meet. Real pleased with their effort."
The Soroco girls especially stood out, taking second overall as a team. Bruner uses the Coal Ridge meet to focus heavily on the relay races, a longtime strength for the Rams —a strength that was obvious Friday.
The Ram girls' 800-meter sprint medley team of Rossi and juniors DaKota Bruner, Morgan George and Cassie Constine won its race with a time of 1:57.26. The same group took second in the girls' 400-meter relay race (53.02 seconds) and the foursome of Rossi, Cassie Constine, senior Kali Constine and freshman Chloe Veilleux took third in the girls' 1600-meter relay race (4:24.34).
The Soroco girls easily rank in the top 10, if not top five, of Class 2A in each of their relays.
"We are getting better. We are starting to run through our handoffs, which you need to do, and not stop," David Bruner said of the relay teams. "We still got some work to do, but that's good. It means times will get better when we get good at them."
Other notable finishes Friday includes Kali Constine winning the girls pole vault (7 feet, 4 inches), Chloe Veilleux winning the girls 800-meter race (2:30.46), Rossi taking second in the 300-meter hurdles (48.03), Kali Constine taking third in the high jump (4-8.5), Veilleux third in the long jump (14-9.5) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.32), and George fourth in the girls 100-meter dash (13.76).
The Rams are off until Thursday, when four athletes — Kali Constine, Cassie Constine, Harrison Ashley and Cody Reynen — travel to Kremmling for the High Country Pole Vault championships. Those four will then join the rest of their teammates at a meet hosted by Moffat County High School on Friday.
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