Tigers, Sailors get on track

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— Now, it's all about competing.

After practicing for the past three weeks with limited facility options because of snow, the Steamboat Springs track and field team finally got its chance to compete on a full track with all of the amenities.

The Sailors boys finished sixth and the girls team finished 11th at the Delta meet. Steamboat even brought home two first place finishers.

Lizzie Stoll (102-4) - who took home her first win - and Westin Cofer (136-8) both were the class of the discus competition, while the Sailors had a very successful day in jumping events.

Lauren Marias took fourth place in the long and triple jumps while Heidi Lord finished seventh in the triple jump. Brittany Long finished seventh in the 1,600-meter dash.

On the boys side, Colby Kostur finished with personal bests in the long and triple jump. His 19-6 jump in the long jump was good enough for second place. He also took fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 39 1/2. Michael Stewart also set a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 19-2 1/2 to finish fourth. Darren Burke set a personal best in the high jump, jumping 5-10, good enough for fourth place. Burke also finished sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles.

The 4x100 relay team of Joe Dover, Stewart, Garrett Brew and Tyler Hutson finished fifth.

Considering the team hasn't always been able to practice outside, Sailors coach Andy Reust said he was extremely happy with two wins, several personnel bests and the best finish he's ever had from a boys team.

"All in all, I'm very pleased," Reust said. "Now, it's just important to get races in. Refinement will come later, but we just need to compete."

Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said you couldn't tell it was only the second time his team's been able to work on an all-weather track.

The Tigers girls tied for eighth and the boys finished 10th at the Delta meet.

Kleckler said the boys' finish is especially encouraging considering the Tigers had only eight athletes competing.

"Look out," he said, "we're going to be good."

Hayden had several athletes finish in the top 10 including: Billy Zehner (fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, sixth in the triple jump) Russell Waugh (second in the shot put, seventh in the discus), Coy Letlow (sixth in the 100 and 200-meter dashes) Zathan Bark (sixth in the 400-meter dash), Jessica Martin (eighth in the long jump), Maddison Kopsa (fifth in the triple jump), Holli Salazar (second in the shot put), Emily Whiteman (fourth in the shot put, sixth in the discus) and Laura Zirkle (fourth in the 3,200-meter race).

Steamboat next competes in the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction on Saturday, while Hayden travels to Hotchkiss on Saturday.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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