Sailors distance runner pre-qualifies at Grand Junction meet


— The suspense is over for another Steamboat runner.

Steamboat Springs distance runner Matt Hill, who pre-qualified in the 1,600-meter run at Frank Woodburn Invitational track meet Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, knows he will be running in this May's Colorado State High School Track and Field Championships.

Hill won the event with a personal best time of 4 minutes, 29 seconds, highlighting the meet for the Steamboat Springs High School track team.

The Sailors sent 28 girls and boys to the invitational meet, which was hosted by Palisade High School.

Teammate Westin Cofer, who pre-qualified a week earlier in Meeker, also won the discus with a toss of 145 feet, 10 inches.

"There were 27 teams at the meet. It was tough," Sailors coach Andy Reust said. "The results were good."

Steamboat junior Darren Burke also had a solid showing, placing second in the high jump with a personal best effort of 6 feet. Hill posted a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:26. It also was a personal best.

Other top finishes included Lee Wren, who finished eighth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 2:10, and Colby Kostur, who was eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 38-5.

The smaller Steamboat Springs girls team didn't fare as well, but Reust isn't concerned as the Sailors head into another big meet in Glenwood Springs this week.

"Several of our girls just missed the finals," Reust said.

The coach said many of his top girls saw limited practice last week because of injuries. He expects to have all of them back at full speed in practice this week and thinks that will show in the Glenwood meet Saturday.

Reust said the meet will be a good opportunity for many of his runners.

Steamboat also plans to send a contingent of runners to the North Park Invitational in Moffat County on Thursday.

Reust said several members of Steamboat's team would miss Saturday's meet because of ACTs. Those athletes will stay sharp by attending the Moffat County meet.

"It works out pretty well," Reust said. "This way we keep everybody on the track."


dogd 10 years ago

John Russell: Where does the proofreading come in? The kid who ran the "3200" in 2:10 and got eighth must have been up against a pretty good field, since the world record for that event is somewhere over 8 minutes. Maybe he ran the 800? You finally run a story (weekday only) about the track team ... you must just have been exhausted from continuous complete coverage of lacrosse and baseball.


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