Instead of practice Wednesday, Soroco coach Gary Heide opted to take the track and field team to a mini-meet in Grand Valley in hopes that the veterans would get a good workout and the newcomers would find happiness in their results.
Both goals were accomplished.
Andy deGanahl won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and found somebody ready to challenge him in a 400 race -- teammate Kory Babcock. The pair ran shoulder to shoulder, with Babcock finishing in 51.9 seconds, his best time of the season, just behind deGanahl.
"It was a good race for Kory," Heide said. Babcock also picked up second in the 200 and third in the 100.
Soroco's 800-meter relay team of Trevor Ellis, Tony Iacovetto, Babcock and deGanahl took first in 1:35.3, as the quartet eyes the possibility of qualifying for state today in West Grand's invitational.
The Rams mixed things up in the 1,600-meter relay, but Carl Remick, Steve Meade, Iacovetto and Ellis still found a way to win. The boys' 400-meter relay of Ellis, Meade, Iacovetto and Matt Cartas came in second.
Kieran Corrigan took second in the 800 meters in 2:22 and also captured second in the 1,600 meters and sixth in the 3,200 meters.
Remick won the 300 hurdles in 44.7 and finished second in the 110 hurdles, despite a fall. Meade took third in the 110 hurdles, as well.
Cartas tied for first in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches. Meade placed fourth, and Johnny DeCosta was fifth.
Nick Rangel finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 36-11 and was sixth in the discus.
Lucas Sullivan placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 16-1.
Senior C.J. Remick was going to try the throwing events in Grand Valley but twisted his ankle in warm-ups and had to withdraw. Heide said Remick may not be able to compete in West Grand today.
Snow and low temperatures are predicted for the weekend, so it may be difficult for Soroco to qualify all the events it had hoped to.
The boys and girls are looking to send a large contingent to state this year, and the Rams just added another event to the list after Kyla Schmidt's Wednesday performance in the long jump.
Schmidt took first with a jump of 15-6, which is 1 inch off the state-qualifying distance. It was the first time she jumped in high school.
"Kyla came up to me and told me she was pretty good in junior high, and then she went 15-6," Heide said. "I guess she wasn't bragging when she said she was pretty good."
Schmidt teamed up with Melissa Roy, Nichole Wilson and Leah Hendrickson to take first in the sprint medley. The quartet also got first in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:58.07.
Roy took second in the 100 in 13.4. Colleen Treanor placed second in the 1,600 meters with a 7:05 and took fifth in the 3,200 meters.
Nicci Martin placed second in the 400, and Jenny Block was third. Dakota Wisecup finished fifth in the 200.
Soroco's 400-meter relay team of Mindy McElroy, Block, Toni Lombardi and Hendrickson took fourth in 1:02. Martin, Roy, Lombardi and Hendrickson ran a 4:57 and placed fourth in the 1,600-meter relay, as well.
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