Runners gear up for invitational

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— Last weekend, Steamboat Springs distance runner Ian Ramsay streaked to a second-place finish in the 800-meter run.

He finished the race in a time of 2 minutes, 16.42 seconds. He was quick to admit that it wasn't his best time of the year, but the junior runner said it may have been his best meet.

"It was a pretty good time. It was really windy and the weather wasn't that nice, so that slowed things down a bit," Ramsay said.

Still the second-place medal combined with a sixth in the 400-meter run left Ramsay feeling pretty good as he continues to build for the all-important regional meet, which is less than a month away.

Ramsay and the other members of the Steamboat Springs track team will head to Grand Junction this Saturday hoping for some warmer weather and an even faster track.

The Palisade Invitational will be the final meet before Steamboat Springs High School goes on spring break next week. The team will have two meets during the week-long layoff, but the team's attendance is normally lower for those events.

"I like running in the stadium," Ramsay said of Stocker. "It's just a fun place to compete."

Sailors head coach Andy Reust knows it will be important for his team to make strides this week, before spring break interrupts an already short season for the team.

"Our athletes did really well in Meeker, now we just have to keep building," Reust said.

Ramsay said he will stay in town during spring break and will continue to run with the team at meets.

"I just want to focus on some of the later meets and hopefully qualify for state," Ramsay said.

Steamboat is coming off a strong showing in Meeker. In that meet, the boys were led by jumper Kyle Svendsen and Ramsay.

Svendsen soared to first place with a distance of 40 feet, 10.5 inches in the triple jump. He was also fifth in the long jump with an effort of 18-11.

Steamboat also picked up points in the 800-meter behind Ramsay's second. He was sixth in the 400 with a time of 55.64.

Other top finishes on the boys team included Tony Haight's third-place showing and Derek Haverley's sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Haight finished with a time of 11.77 and Haverley recorded a time of 12.01. Haverley was also seventh in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.73

The boys also recorded several top finishes in relay events. The boys placed fourth in the 3,200-meter relay with Jeremy Hays, Zach Forcum, Wes Adams and Ramsay leading the way.

Steamboat's 800-meter relay team was second as Haverley, Svendsen, Ryan Patrick McMahon and Ryan Wattles teamed up.

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