Siblings pre-qualify for state meet

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— Soroco siblings Jessie and Andy deGanahl pre-qualified for the 2003 state track meet with strong showings over the weekend.

Senior Jessie deGanahl ran personal bests in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 23.16 seconds in the 100 and 48.63 in the 300.

She won the 100 and took second in the 300.

Sophomore Andy deGanahl ran a 23.16 to finish first in the 200 at the 15-team Joe Shields Invitational on April 12 in West Grand.

Steamboat's Tyler Johnson finished second with a 23.2.

"It was a really good race with Andy and Tyler," Soroco sprint coach Gary Heide said. "Basically, they were shoulder to shoulder and Andy got him at the end. It was a real pretty race."

Though he didn't qualify for state in the 400 meters, deGanahl took first in the event with a 55.1.

The Class 2A meet will be May 16 and 17 in Pueblo.

The Rams 400-meter relay team took first with a 52.24. Members of the team were Hallie Shiner, Nicole Wilson, Jessie deGanahl and Karli Babcock.

The same group took second in the 800-meter relay.

The boys 800-meter relay team took second in 1:37.5. Team members were Trevor Ellis, Kory Babcock, C.J. Remick and Andy deGanahl.

"That was the first time we've run that race this year, so we were really pleased with the result," Heide said.

The same group of guys also placed second in the 1,600-meter relay.

The girls 3,200-meter relay team of Meg Hayne, Aimee Hausman, Colleen Treanor and Kaleyne Gneiser ran to a third-place finish.

Soroco also fared well in the individual events.

Hayne finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 30 feet, 5 inches.

Kory Babcock took a pair of sixth-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump, leaping 18-10 1/2 in the long jump and 37-8 in the triple jump.

Karli Babcock finished seventh in the 200 meters, and Tyson Gilliland finished eighth in the shot put.

As a team, the Soroco girls finished sixth out of 15 teams with 46 points. The boys placed ninth with 38 points.

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