Saturday's Joe Shield In--vi--tational in West Grand was a chance for the full Soroco track and field team to showcase its stuff.
"It was the first time we had everyone there, so we were busy watching the new people run and watching the veterans run," coach Gary Heide said. "I know I got comments from other coaches about how many girls we had out. They are being noticed because of their numbers."
And their results. Soroco's sprint relays are some of the state's strongest, but the Rams runners may have come up against their biggest obstacle to winning two state titles: Sargent High School.
The Soroco quartet of Melissa Roy, Nichole Wilson, Kyla Schmidt and Karli Bab--cock won the 400-meter relay in 53.20 seconds, defeating runner-up Sargent. But Sargent won the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:51.69. The Rams were second in 1:51.97. Each time was fast enough to pre-qualify for the state meet.
"It was a pretty fast race," Heide said. "We got nipped, but I think we have room for improvement. We recognize the fact that Sargent is in our class."
Babcock, Schmidt, Wilson and Roy also teamed to take third in the 1,600-meter relay, an event they've never run before and "didn't want to" run but did so for conditioning, Heide said.
Schmidt also won the 400 meters, coming from behind to finish in 1:02.78. Babcock was fourth in 1:06.31. Roy placed fourth in the 100 meters, and Wilson was seventh in the 200.
"It was good to see those four girls place in individual events," Heide said.
But they weren't the only four to place for the Soroco girls. The team took fifth behind the efforts of a number of other runners, as well.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Bailey Carrell, Glenda Long, Colleen Treanor and Nicole Martin took fourth, and the sprint medley team of Jenny Block, Toni Lombardi, Mindy McElroy and Vanessa Eaton was sixth.
Lombardi also placed eighth in the 300-meter hurdles. Martin and Jamie Kendall finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 800. Medals were awarded for the top three spots, and ribbons were handed out from fourth through eighth.
The 1,600-meter relay "B" team of Lombardi, Kendall, Long and Eaton also placed, finishing sixth to score additional points for the team.
The Soroco boys placed seventh in West Grand, scoring points in track and field events.
Andy deGanahl won the 200 and the 400 for the third-straight meet in 23.37 and 51.47. His 200-meter time was fast enough to pre-qualify for state. He has already pre-qualified in the 400.
The 800-meter relay team of Matt Iacovetto, Steve Meade, Tony Iacovetto and deGanahl won in 1:35.11, just missing out on pre-qualifying for the state meet. Hayden finished second.
Matt Iacovetto has been running hurt, so Heide is going to give the senior the upcoming week off. The next meet, to be held Saturday in Gypsum, isn't a state pre-qualifying meet.
The quartet also placed third in the 1,600-meter relay in 3:40.90.
Soroco's 400-meter relay team of Matt Iacovetto, Meade, Tony Iacovetto and Johnny DeCosta was eighth. Hayden won the race.
The 3,200-meter relay team of Kieran Corrigan, DeCosta, David Roberts and Zach Shaffner also placed eighth.
"It's fun," Heide said of having full relay teams. "In the past, we've never had a consistent (3,200-meter relay) team."
Tony Iacovetto and Steve Meade also placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the open 400.
Nick Rangel scored points in the field events, taking third in the shot with a throw of 41 feet, 4 inches and eighth in the discus with a throw of 114-10.