Soroco’s Chloe Veilleux hopes to overcome 800 performance with titles in Saturday’s events
LAKEWOOD — Soroco High School senior Chloe Veilleux entered the state meet on a quest to take home four state titles.
But after winning Thursday’s 3,200-meter run, Veilleux fell short in the 800-meter run, taking fifth overall.
“I’m sure she was disappointed,” Soroco head track coach David Bruner said. “She’s a competitor.”
The 800 is the fastest distance race, and while there’s room for margin of error, there isn’t as much time to make up for it as there is in a mile or 2-mile race. It’s a distance runner’s sprint.
“I think we went out kind of slow, and my thought was just to stay with the leaders and kick at the end,” Veilleux said. “And I gave it all I had, and for some reason, it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to. I guess that happens sometimes.”
Veilleux is a member of the 4×400-meter relay that qualified as the fifth seed in Saturday’s final. She’ll also compete in the 1,600-meter run. She took second in both events last year. As the third seed in the 800, it was one of most questionable events for Veilleux’s state-title collection.
Veilleux joins junior Kourtney Bruner as the upperclassmen backbone of the 4×400 relay team, which has freshmen Marissa Martindale and Kayedence Bruner on it.
David Bruner said the freshmen struggled with nerves on the first day of competition, but feels more confident in them after Friday’s performance.
1. Hannah Wilkie, Rangely, 2:19.71
2. Monika Williams, Denver Christian, 2:20.45
3. Katie Fankhouser, Lyons, 2:21.23
5. Chloe Veilleux, Soroco, 2:21.70
“I talked to them last night a little bit,” Bruner said. “All the girls team, about how they already ran one day, so they shouldn’t have the same nerves today.”
The 4×100-meter relay team of Kayedence, Martindale and freshmen Irene Hoff and Kaci Tang finished with a personal best time of 53.9 seconds, though didn’t qualify for Saturday’s final.
The hope is that Martindale and Kayedence can aid in Soroco’s final state medal of the meet. It will also be Veilleux’s final stand as a Soroco athlete.
“[The 800] definitely motivates me to go get the ‘W’ in the 16,” Veilleux said. “And hopefully the 4×4 can perform really well, too.
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