Soroco shines

Team takes seven titles at regionals

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— Saturday was a good day for the Soroco track and field team.

"Yeah, it was," Rams coach Gary Heide said as he headed toward the Soroco tent.

Soroco's girls, who finished second as a team, and the boys, who finished third, combined to win six Region 5 championships Saturday in Grand Junction.

Senior Kieran Corrigan, who won Soroco's seventh regional title in Friday's 1,600 meter, won four regional championships -- two in the open 800 and 1,600 and another two in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays.

"I'm done," he said, holding a cup of water after the 1,600-meter relay Saturday afternoon.

Not quite.

The Rams are sending more than a dozen athletes, including relay alternates, to the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

On Saturday, Soroco got a strong team effort from the girls to finish second in the team standings.

Senior Kyla Schmidt won the long jump and the 400. She also teamed up with Glenda Long, Toni Lombardi and Genessa Heide to win the 400-meter relay in a school record time of 51.75 seconds.

Schmidt, Heide, Sarajane Rossi and Darcy Wisecup placed second in the 1,600-meter relay, running a school record time of 4:19.59.

The individuals or relays that had not qualified for state before regionals had to finish in the top three to keep the season from ending.

The girls had not qualified in the 1,600-meter relay, so they had to run well to advance. Wisecup, a freshman, found out Wednesday she was filling in for sophomore Glenda Long. Her teammates were counting on her to pull through on the opening leg.

"I swear I've never been so nervous in my whole life before," Wisecup said. "We wanted to qualify, especially because Kyla is a senior, and we wanted it for Coach."

The girls are confident they can shave seconds off their regional time.

The boys 1,600-meter relay had qualified for state earlier this season, so Saturday's race was a formality, but the Rams ran like they had to win to get in, turning in a 3:36.56 to outlast Rangely.

Johnny DeCosta led off with a 54.9 split in his 400. Steve Meade pulled the Rams into a tie for the lead with a 55.1. Kyle Hendrickson ran a 53.5 split to give Soroco a bit of space, and Corrigan ran a 52.7 on the anchor leg. Rangely's anchor closed the gap on Corrigan on the backstretch, but Corrigan kicked it in on the final 150 for the win.

While his teammates were busy scoring points on the track, Soroco senior Nick Rangel finished third in the shot put, throwing it 43 feet, 10 inches to qualify for state. He already had qualified in the discus.

In addition to the 800, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay records, the school's 200-meter record also fell Saturday. Genessa Heide topped her own mark, running a 26.36 to place third. She also placed third in the 100, qualifying for state.

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