Peters, Chotvacs win titles

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Jessica Peters and Missy Chotvacs picked up individual titles for the Steamboat Springs track team Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Chotvacs broke the school record in the triple jump, leaping 34 feet, 6 1/2 inches to win the meet title. Peters won the 200 meters in 27.08 seconds.

The two teamed with Hannah Bowers and Chelsea Mosser to win the 800-meter medley relay by seven seconds, but the team was disqualified for a uniform violation, coach Andy Reust said. One member of the team was wearing an undershirt with a color that did not match her teammates' shirts. With Steamboat's disqualification, Hotchkiss won the race.

Overall, the girls placed third but did not have a full team and did not participate in every possible event.

The 800-meter relay team of Chotvacs, Bowers, Christie Fielding and Peters was second. The 400-meter relay team of Mackenzie Frank, Bowers, Fielding and Mosser was second, too.

Frank took third in the 300 hurdles in 50.42

Jennifer Hooper placed second in the 1,600 meters in 5:55 and was third in the 800 meters in 2:38. Kayla Kostur was third in the long and triple jumps, leaping 15-2 and 32-5 1/2 inches, respectively.

Chotvacs placed seventh in the 400 meters.

The Steamboat boys placed eighth as a team. The finish is an improvement from a year ago, when the boys scored points in just several events. An increase in numbers, particularly in their sprinting numbers, has enabled the Sailors to put together more relay teams and score more points.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Matt Hill, Walker Hammond, Alec Nelson and Treat Romick ran an 8:48 to finish second behind Fruita-Monument. Reust said the team is waiting for the skiers to join the team full time, which will bolster the team's middle distance and distance numbers.

Nelson was second in the open 800 in 2:05.99.

The 800-meter relay team of Pat Ayres, Michael Stewart, Hammond and Nelson was third in 1:36.33. Soroco won the event. The 400-meter relay team of Ayres, Stewart, Jake Stanford and Jay Hanley was sixth in 47.34. Hammond finished sixth in the 300 hurdles in 44.65, and Hill placed seventh in the high jump, clearing 5-8.

Hill also finished eighth in the 1,600.

Up next for Steamboat is the Eaglecrest Invitational on Saturday in Denver. Reust expects additional members to join the team for this meet, which is a pre-qualifier for state. Peters likely will high jump for the first time all season. She is the defending Class 4A state champion in the event.

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