Craig A cold, stiff wind blew across the all-weather track at Moffat County High School Saturday just prior to the start of the 1,600-meter run.
But it didn't blow hard enough to stop Steamboat Springs distance runner Ian Ramsay from racing to first place in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 50.5 seconds. Despite the wind, the time was just one second off his personal best this season.
"This is the first time I've won a 1,600 this season," Ramsay said after the meet.
Ramsay led the field for most of the race and by the time the he reached the final 400 meters he had only one real challenge Moffat County runner Jarrod Burns.
"I heard him coming up on me, so I pushed really hard in the final stretch," Ramsay said.
The push paid off as he crossed the finish line just a few steps in front of Burns to collect a first-place finish for his team.
The finish was just one of the highlights for the local team at the final regular-season meet of the year.
The Sailors opened the day with the girls' 800-meter medley relay team taking second-place with a time of 1:56:85.
The event was won by West Grand at 1:56:24 and Rifle was third at 1:57.47.
Hurdler Jessica Flores, who runs the opening leg of that relay, said it was an important finish for her team headed into next week's regional meet in Grand Junction.
"The only team that beat us will not be in our regional," Flores said. "So we were pretty psyched."
Flores was joined on the team by Mackenzie Little, who ran the second leg, Lennae Jenkins, who ran the third leg, and Rachel Starr, who concluded the relay.
Flores also had a solid day in the 100-meter hurdles, where she placed third with a time of 16.93.
"I felt pretty good and now I have a pretty good idea of where I stand in the league," Flores said after her race." The only girl I'm worried about is the one from Montrose who wasn't here today."
Sailors assistant coach Lonn Clementson said Flores is probably the best hurdler on the team right now boys or girls. He also think that if she focuses on her own running she will have a shot at making it to state this year.
Saturday's hurdle event was won by Rifle's Danielle Reedy with Glenwood's Megan McGrath coming in second.
Flores said she is hoping to cut some more time off before next weekend's regional in Grand Junction and is also hoping to qualify for state in three events including the hurdles and two relay events.
"I love the hurdles," Flores said. "But I also like the relay events. It's a lot more exciting to win as a team."
Steamboat runners also placed well in the boy's 100-meter dash which was won by Hayden's Joel Wixson with a time of 11:26.
Steamboat's Derek Haverley came in sixth in that race with a time of 11:92 and Tony Haight was eighth at 12.10.
Steamboat 's Luke Nykamp was also sixth in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 9.5 inches.
For complete results on the Moffat County meet please see next week's Steamboat Today newspaper.