Steamboat to send trio of boys to state

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It was slated to be Tyler O'Leary and the girls, but Steamboat Springs senior Tyler Johnson and sophomore Walker Hammond responded to the regional challenge and placed high enough in their respective events to qualify for next weekend's state meet.

After faring well in Friday's preliminaries, Johnson and Hammond appeared to be state-bound heading into today's finals.

Johnson picked up two second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters Saturday to automatically qualify. He narrowly missed out on finishing third in the high jump to qualify for that event, as well. He wound up fourth after clearing 6 feet.

"Everything was a PR (personal record) this weekend," Johnson said. "Except the high jump, which I'm mad about."

Johnson finished second in 11.31 seconds to just edge out Moffat County's Cody Palmer in the 100. Johnson ran a 23.24 in the 200.

Hammond, to the surprise of some considering he hasn't run the 300-meter hurdles much this season, placed second in the event in 41.71.

One day after taking second in the 1,600 meters to qualify for state, O'Leary came back with a top finish in the 3,200 in 10:12.23. It wasn't his fastest time of the year, but Saturday was warm for the distance runners. O'Leary previously had qualified in the 3,200.

Also placing for Steamboat on Saturday was senior Travis Hodo in the shot put with a throw of 41-9 1/2.

Senior Austin Ross ran a 10:33.06 to take eighth in the 3,200.

The 1,600-meter relay team of Matt Hill, Russ Ruppert, Hammond and Johnson placed fifth in 3:36.89.

Senior Matt Legrice turned in a 2:07.34 to place seventh in the 800, while Sam Tarrant ran a 2:11.38 to take eighth.

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