With less than a month remaining before the state meet, the Soroco quartet of Melissa Roy, Nichole Wilson, Karli Babcock and Kyla Schmidt is nearing postseason form.
The four picked up first-place finishes in their three sprint relays at the Vail Christian Invitational on Saturday.
In the first attempt at the 800-meter medley this season, Roy, Wilson, Babcock and Schmidt finished in 1 minute, 56.48 seconds. The time was only 0.48 seconds off the state prequalifying time.
"I thought we'd be close to that," coach Gary Heide said.
Roy and Wilson ran the 100-meter legs. Babcock ran the 200-meter leg, and Schmidt anchored with a 400-meter leg.
The same four won the 400- and 800-meter relays Saturday, as well. The girls turned in a 52.47 in the 400-meter relay and a 1:49.68 in the 800-meter relay.
"Their times are all real good," Heide said.
In fact, Saturday was a great day for Soroco relays in general. In addition to the three top showings from the girls, the boys won the 800- and 1,600-meter relays.
Tony Iacovetto, who usually runs in both relays, was not at Saturday's meet, but Nick Rangel and Zach Schaffner filled in well.
The team of Matt Iacovetto, Steve Meade, Rangel and Andy deGanahl won the 800-meter relay in 1:35.25.
Matt Iacovetto, Schaffner, Meade and deGanahl won the 1,600-meter relays in 3:46.27.
DeGanahl also won the 200 in 22.96 and the 400 in 49.64.
The runner-up finisher in the 400 didn't cross the finish line until after the 53-second mark.
"I was surprised Andy was able to pull that time off," Heide said.
The coach hopes deGanahl gets more competition in the 400 this weekend when the Rams head to the Clint Wells Invitational hosted by Moffat County on Saturday.
The field should include many of the top Class 2A, 3A, 4A and even 5A teams along the Western Slope. Soroco, like many teams, is eyeing Saturday as an opportunity to cut times, assuming the weather cooperates.
"This time of year I'd like to see those who have already pre-qualified, weather permitting, improve their times and really get out and compete," Heide said. "I know Rifle and Moffat have good 4-by-4 boys teams, and I believe Palisade is going to be there, and (the girls) beat us at Glenwood Springs in the 4-by-2. Even though they have qualified, we have to get battle-tested."
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