Runners ready for today's meet

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— A dozen Steamboat Springs track athletes will make the four-and-a-half-hour drive to Hotchkiss this weekend for the second meet of the season.

"We got into the meet kind of late," Sailors head coach Andy Reust said. "So they limited us to a maximum of 15 athletes."

The Sailors squad may be small, unlike the meet. Hotchkiss will host 23 regional teams (both varsity and junior varsity) with events beginning at 9 a.m. today.

Among the field are familiar foes from Moffat County, Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Delta. Other regional competitors who will be on hand include Aspen, Basalt, Crested Butte, Eagle Valley, Grand Junction Central, Hotchkiss, Rangely, Roaring Fork, Telluride and West Grand.

It is the first time the Western Slope high school has ever hosted a regulation meet and it will take place on a brand-new, all-weather track, which was completed last fall.

Reust said his athletes are excited to make the trip and will be riding a wave of momentum they gained last weekend in Delta. At that meet the Steamboat boys team placed third. The squad was led by Kyle Svendsen who placed first in the triple jump with an effort of 41 feet, 5 inches. Ryan Johnson was fifth in the event with a jump of 35-11.5. Other top boys finishes came from Ian Ramsay who was fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 5 seconds. Ryan Wattles cruised to a third in the 220-yard dash with a time of 25.21 and Johnson who cleared 5-6 to place third in the high jump. Steamboat's boys were second in the 880-yard relay event with a time of 1:40.43. Montrose won with a time of 1:39.31.

Steamboat also won the 440-yard relay with a time of 48.09.

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