Soroco teams finish first, second at Grand Valley

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The Hayden girls won their second consecutive track meet Wednesday, finishing more than 10 points ahead of the Soroco girls. On the boys side, Hayden finished in fourth. Hayden and Soroco both compete on Saturday at Eagle Valley. The meet starts at 8:30 a.m.

Meet results

Soroco girls results

First-place finishes

4x200-meter relay, 800 sprint medley, 4x400-meter relay

800-meter run - Sarajane Rossi; 300-meter hurdles - Traci Schlegel

Second-place finishes

4x100-meter relay; 4x800-meter relay; 400-meter run - Toni Lombardi; triple jump - Emily Hallenbeck; 800-meter run - Amber Larsen

Third-place finishes

3,200-meter run - Journee Germain; 400-meter run - Kelsey Samuelson; 200-meter dash - Emily Hallenbeck; 100-meter hurdles - Amanda Wilson.

Fourth-place finishes

Shot put - Amanda Wilson; 1,600-meter run - Amber Larsen; 400-meter run - Beth Strait

Fifth place finishes

Long jump - Emily Hallenbeck; 1,600-meter run - Journee Germain; discus - Jaime Glawe; 1,600-meter run - Beth Strait

Sixth place finishes

Discus - Jaime Glawe; 1,600-meter run - Beth Strait

Soroco boys results

First-place finishes

4x400-meter relay; 800-meter run - David Roberts

Second-place finishes

4x800-meter relay; discus - Matt Watwood; high jump - Steven Meade; 800-meter run - Peter Daley; 400-meter run - Johnny DeCosta; 1,600-meter run - Peter Daley

Third-place finishes

Triple jump - Kane Johnson; 3,200-meter run - Kane Johnson

Fourth-place finishes

200-meter dash - Kane Johnson; 1,600-meter run - Michael Schmidt; shot put - Matt Watwood; 800-meter run - Michael Schmidt

Fifth-place finishes

400-meter run - Cody Miles; 200-meter dash - Steven Meade; shot put - Dennis Morgan; discus - Dennis Morgan; long jump - Cody Miles

— Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner's strategy is starting to pay off.

Heading into the Grand Valley meet Wednesday, Bruner had scheduled track meets with bigger schools in bigger classifications to get the best competition.

On Wednesday, the Rams showed what they can do when they compete against a Class 2A team.

The Soroco boys finished first, and the girls finished second, with both teams garnering the most points they've earned all year.

"It was a great day and a lot of fun," Bruner said, despite having to endure 30 to 45 mph winds all day. "At this point of the year, with it being midseason, I'm real pleased."

Bruner had been spending a good portion of practices working on relays. On Wednesday, the girls team finished first in three of its five relays, placing second in the other two, and the boys team placed in two of its relays.

"Our relays are right," Bruner said. "I'm pleased with them right now. Three firsts out of the five relays isn't bad. I want to win four of them though. That's what we're shooting for."

Wednesday's results confirm to Bruner that the team continues to improve. He said that before the meet in Grand Valley, he was concerned he may be pushing his athletes too hard. Wednesday squashed that idea.

"It's got be a great self-confidence booster in the middle of the year," he said. "Our kids are really responding and working hard. They deserve to go out and get a result like this."

The Rams continue work with a meet Saturday at Eagle Valley. Bruner said he expects a mix of Class 4A, 3A and 2A schools there.

Regardless of the competition, he said he's confident the Rams will continue to improve.

"We need to get them to peak at the right time," he said. "I don't think we've peaked right now, but it's good to see we've improved each and every week."

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