Routt County athletes head to state track |

Routt County athletes head to state track

Soroco High School sophomore Grant Redmond slides over the bar during the Class 2A state track meet high jump competition in 2018. He went on to win the event. Redmond returns this year to compete in the high jump.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Routt County will send 54 athletes to the CHSAA state track and field championships in Lakewood this weekend.

The event starts at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 16, and runs through Saturday, May 18. The top 18 in each event of each classification qualified for the state competition. The schedule can be found here.


Hayden High School boasts the highest number of athletes in Routt County qualifying for state, including 14 girls and 10 boys out of the 38 athletes on the track roster.

“They put their time in — they just got a gift, and we’re just trying to perfect and make it better,” Tigers head coach Mike Crum said. “I think we have as good a shot as anybody to place high and maybe even bring home a team championship.”

All seven of the seniors on the Hayden track team will compete at state, including Chris Carrouth, who is seeded No. 1 in the 800-meter race in Class 2A. Carrouth qualified for state in five events but can only compete in four. He opted out of the 1,600-meter race, even though he qualified to compete.

The Tigers will also send a squad of three girls to compete in the triple jump.

Hayden High School’s Makenna Knez competes in the girls 400-meter dash in Craig. Knez will compete in the 3,200-, 1,600- and 800-meter races at state.
Austin Colbert
Hayden qualifiers

Kimberley Verastica, sophomore, discus 
Allison Ingols, senior, triple jump, 4×100-meter relay team
Alison Rajzer, freshman, triple jump, 4×100 relay, sprint medley relay team, 100-meter dash 
Gracie Daysophomore, triple jump, long jump, 4×400-meter relay team, sprint medley 
Rae Scott, junior, 4×100-meter relay, 300-meter hurdles, 4×800-meter relay team, 4×400-meter relay 
Faith Day, senior, sprint medley relay, high jump 
Makenna Knez, senior, 3,200-meter race, 1,600-meter race, 800-meter race
Jillian Bennett, freshman,  400-meter race, 4×800-meter relay, sprint medley relay, 4×400-meter relay 
Leah Carrouth, sophomore, 800-meter, 1,600-meter, 4×800-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay  
Rosalie Mortenson, sophomore, 4×800-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay
Kobe Hampton, freshman, 4×100-meter relay
Lauren Kirby, sophomore, alternate for sprint medley relay and 4×800-meter relay
Mia Mikos, sophomore, alternate for 4×100-meter relay 
Sadie Dunckley, freshman, alternate for 4×100-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay

Chris Carrouth, senior 4×800-meter relay, 400-meter dash, 4×400-meter relay, 800-meter 
Hunter Hatcher, senior, discus 
Theo Corrello, senior, 4×800-meter relay 
Justin Fry, senior, 4×400-meter relay
Wyatt Mortenson, sophomore, 3,200, 1,600, 4×800-meter relay 
Keaton Knez, sophomore, 4×800-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay
Josh McCourt, sophomore, 4×400-meter relay
Dustin McLaughlin, sophomore, alternate for 4×400-meter relay
Micah Crum, freshman 4×400-meter relay, alternate for 4×800-meter relay 
Kale Johnson, freshman, alternate for 4×800-meter relay


The Rams will send a team of 15 girls competing in 14 events alongside Grant Redmond, a two-time state champion in the boys high jump.

“We’ve been pretty strong overall as a girls track program for the last 10 years,” Soroco head coach David Bruner said. “Success breeds success. Our goal is to finish in the top seven at the state track meet out of 67 teams, which is pretty high.”

The Rams girls finished third overall at the state track meet last year and return senior Chloe Veilleux, who has collected all the hardware at state track except gold. Last year, Veilleux finished second in the 1,600 meters and third in the 800 meters, while also being a part of the 4×400-meter relay that claimed second. She’s seeded No. 1 in the 3,200 and 1,600 and third in the 800.

Redmond’s leap of 6 feet, 7 inches broke his own school record of 6 feet, 6.5 inches from last year. He’s currently ranked third overall in the state out of all classifications.

“He’s had one great jump at 6 feet, 9 inches,” Bruner said. “I thought he was going to clear it, but he clipped it with his feet.”

Soroco qualifiers

Hannah Hayes, senior, discus
Grace Beaty, senior, 4×200-meter relay
Kourtney Bruner, junior, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, triple jump, 4×400-meter relay
Skyler Clark, sophomore, sprint medley relay, 4×800-meter relay
Betsy Veilleux, freshmen, 4×800-meter relay
Sophia Benjamin, freshman 100-meter hurdles, sprint medley relay
Kayedence Bruner, freshman, high jump, triple jump, 4×100-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay 
Irene Hoff, freshman, 4×100-meter relay, 4×200-meter relay, sprint medley relay
Marissa Martindale, freshman, 4×100-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay, sprint medley relay
Eden Mayer, freshman, 4×800-meter relay
Izzy Sanchez, freshman, 4×200-meter relay
Erika Sjoblom, freshman, 4×200-meter relay
Alena Switzky, freshman, 4×800-meter relay
Kaci Tang, freshman, 4×100-meter relay, sprint medley relay

Grant Redmond, 
senior, high jump

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat sends 14 athletes to the Class 4A state competition, including Maggi Congdon and Eric Casey, both returning state champions.

Congdon won state in the 800 and 1,600 in Class 3A last year, while also aiding in the school record-breaking girls 4×800-meter relay performance that resulted in a third-place finish. Casey also returns as a reigning state champion in Class 3A pole vault.

Maggi Congdon, left, and Isabelle Boniface celebrate after helping their team to place third in the 3,200-meter relay at the state track meet last year. The two will be on this year’s 3,200 relay at the state track meet.
Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat Springs Qualifiers

Winter Boese
, senior, 4×800-meter relay
Isabelle Boniface
, senior, 4×800-meter relay
Nicole Mueller, senior, sprint medley relay
Kari Saunders, senior, sprint medley relay
Maggi Congdon
, junior, 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 4×800-meter relay
Siera Harrison, junior, 4×400-meter relay
Eliza Riordan, sophomore, 4×400-meter relay
Marcada Baker, sophomore, sprint medley relay, 4×200-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay, 4×800-meter relay
Aliyah Reimer, sophomore, sprint medley relay, 4×200-meter relay
Elise Colby, freshman, 4×200-meter relay
Kelsey Hamilton, freshman, 4×200-meter relay, 4×400-meter relay
Ingrid Wedel, junior, alternate for relays
Mackenzie Cuevas, freshman, alternate for relays

Eric Casey, senior, pole vault

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email or follow her on Twitter @lvann_sports.

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