Steamboat track puts together top marks at Western Slope League Championships
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School track team traveled to the Western Slope League Championships May 2 to 4 in Grand Junction, competing against teams from both the Western Slope and Southwest leagues, which are comprised of both Class 4A and 5A schools.
Junior Maggi Congdon led the girls team by placing first in the 400-meter dash. She is currently ranked ninth in the state in that event. She also raced to a third-place finish in the 800 meters, where she’s ranked No. 7 in the state. Senior Winter Boese finished in seventh place.
Boese and senior Isabelle Boniface posted top-10 finishes in the distance events. Boese was ninth in the 1,600 meters, and Boniface was ninth in the 3,200 meters.
The girls relay teams all finished in the top five. The Sailors 800-meter sprint medley relay team of seniors Nicole Mueller and Kari Saunders and sophomores Aliyah Reimer and Marcada Baker placed second at the meet. The team is currently ranked 12th in the state.
Both the 4×400-meter relay team of Baker, junior Siera Harrison, Boese and Congdon and the 4×200-meter relay of freshman Elisa Colby, Baker, freshman Kelsey Hamilton and Reimer grabbed third-place finishes.
The 4×800-meter relay team of Boniface, freshman Adalia George, senior Annika Malacinski and Harrison finished in fourth place, and the 4×100-meter relay team of Mueller, Saunders, Malacinski and Baker came in fifth.
The girls shot put event featured several top finishes. Mueller and junior Shilo Lottes came away with two of the three podium spots, taking second and third respectively. George followed in eighth.
Lottes returned for a seventh-place finish in the discus throw, and junior Sarah Axtell placed eighth.
Junior Ingrid Wedel was fifth in the high jump, and junior Annika Belshaw and Lottes finished in sixth and seventh places respectively in pole vault.
The Sailors boys team also recorded top-five finishes in all of its relays.
The boys 4×200-meter relay team of junior Tanner Raper and sophomores James Lahrman, Chris Morris and Josh Hamilton finished in third place.
The remaining relay teams, including the 4×100 meter, 4×400 meter and 4×800 meter, came in fifth. The 4×100-meter relay team consists of Raper, senior Tyden Baker, Lahrman and Morris, and the 4×400-meter team includes sophomore Thomas Lewer, senior Aubrey Morrison, freshman Bowden Tumminello and freshman Connor Prost. Tumminello, junior Spencer Mader and sophomores Jaydon Fryer and Jeremiah Kelley make up the 4×800 team.
Senior Eric Casey finished fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles, and Lahrman claimed fourth in the 400-meter dash with Morrison and Prost in fifth and sixth places.
Lewer capped off the individual boys running events with a fifth-place finish in the 800 meters.
Junior Jack Tracy posted two top finishes in the throwing events, including third in discus and seventh in shot put. Junior Caleb Cuevas finished sixth in shot put.
Casey also competed in triple jump, taking seventh.
The Sailors will send a number of athletes to the St. Vrain Invitational on Saturday, May 11, at Everly-Montgomery Field in Longmont. St. Vrain is an invite-only meet that features some of the best track athletes in the state of Colorado. The invitational will feature athletes from 70 different teams.
Steamboat will continue to finalize its qualifications for the state track meet, which will take place May 16 to 18 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
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