Rams finish eighth

Changing conditions affect times

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The Soroco girls placed 10th and the boys came in eighth of 22 teams at the Demon Invitational, held April 19 in Glenwood Springs.

Pleasant morning conditions changed to rain and a strong headwind on the track's homestretch by the afternoon. Times were directly affected, as preliminary results proved faster than the finals in most of the events.

Despite the adverse weather, several Rams posted great results against competition from the Class 2A, 3A and 4A athletes attending the invitational.

Andy deGanahl won the 200-meter race with a time of 23.50 seconds and finished second in the 400 with a 52.53. Michael Birdsley of Rifle won with a 51.74.

Jessie deGanahl finished second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.92.

Kory Babcock placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 8 3/4 inches. He jumped 19-2 1/4 to come in seventh in the long jump.

Babcock teamed up with Trevor Ellis, C.J. Remick and Andy deGanahl for a second-place finish in the 800-meter relay.

The girls 800-meter relay team of Hallie Shiner, Nicole Wilson, Karli Babcock and Jessie deGanahl finished third with a 1:57.70.

The girls 400-meter relay team of Melissa Roy, Wilson, Babcock and deGanahl finished fifth in 55.26.

Palisade was the top girls team overall with 137 points. Rifle won the boys meet with 107 points.

Sprint coach Gary Heide said he was pleased and even surprised by some of the overall finishes from Soroco, considering much larger 4A schools were also involved in the meet.

"It seems that we just gain more confidence," Heide said. "This week, they did progress. The week before we were a little down in our times. With us having prom this week, we all know the concentration is down, but after that it's league and regionals, and we have to start honing in on technique."

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