Steamboat Springs senior Eric Casey breaks school record in pole vault, Jack Tracy wins discus
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School senior Eric Casey highlighted the weekend in Glenwood Springs by breaking the school record in pole vault, reaching a height of 14 feet, 1 inch to win the event.
Casey, a reigning state champion in the event, hopes to continue as a decathlete in college and currently ranks as No. 4 pole vaulter in the state. He was one of many outstanding performances on Saturday, April 13.
Taking first place in their events was junior Jack Tracy, who took first in discus, and the girls’ 4×200-meter relay team, which also had a gold-medal finish.
The girls relay teams seem to be in strong contention for state qualification so far this season. Familiar faces spread across the lineup for all the sprint-distance relays and are finding their fit in their roles. The girls’ team of freshman Elise Colby, sophomore Aliyah Reimer, sophomore Marcada Baker and freshman Kelsey Hamilton currently stands at No. 12 in the state for Class 4A. The girls’ 4×400-meter relay team of sophomore Eliza Riordan, junior Siera Harrison, senior Winter Boese and Baker also came out with a victory and currently ranks as No. 11 in the state. The 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Mueller, Saunders, Reimer and Baker also placed third and stands at No. 10 in state.
The girls’ 4×100-meter relay of senior Nicole Mueller, Reimer and seniors Annika Malacinski and Kari Saunders finished fourth at the meet and currently stands at No. 15 in state.
Individually, Colby and Hamilton stood out in the 200-meter dash with fourth and eighth place finishes respectively. Riordan placed fifth in the 400 meters.
Both Boese and senior Isabelle Boniface finished within the top five runners of the 1,600 meters. Boese cook home the bronze while Boniface placed fifth. Sophomore Sidney Barbier finished seventh overall in the 3,200 meteres to cap off the distance races. Shilo Lottes, the girls’ shot put thrower, placed eighth.
Casey and Tracy’s performances in field events set the tone for the rest of the day where the boys continued success in individual events.
Tracy’s performance in the discus puts him at No. 15 in state, but he’s working on catching his shot put up to speed.
He’d take seventh in the shot put behind teammate junior Caleb Cuevas in sixth while Casey placed seventh in the long jump in addition to his pole vault victory.
Individual runners continued to show promise. Junior Tanner Raper placed sixth in the 100 meter dash. Freshman Bowden Tumminello finished sixth in the 800 meters while senior Aubrey Morrison finished eighth in the 400 meters. The 3,200-meters produced two top showings for the Sailors with sophomore Jaydon Fryer in fifth and sophomore Sumner Cotton in seventh.
The top relay for the boys was the 4×800-meter relay team of junior Josh Bush, sophomore Justin Heid, junior James Bogan and freshman Damion Rhodes. Raper teamed up with sophomore James Lahrman, sophomore Chris Morris and freshman Connor Prost to take sixth in the 4×200-meter relay. Also taking sixth was the team of sophomore Thomas Lewer, Tumminello, Prost and Lahrman.
The Steamboat track team will host its home track meet at noon on Wednesday, April 17.
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