Steamboat Springs With lingering winter weather and limited time on the track, Soroco High School track teams should be struggling with relays.
That's not the case. Although coach David Bruner admits there's work to be done - mainly in the starts and handoffs - it was hard to find a lot of faults during Wednesday's track meet in Battle Mountain.
The Rams had four relay teams finish in the top three, including a first-place finish by the girls 800-meter relay team.
The team of Glenda Long, Tatum Lombardi, Traci Schlegel and Sarajane Rossi ran its best time of the year to come away with the win.
"I'm pleased with the times," Bruner said. "They've been coming down. We're still training, but the times went down."
The girls 400-meter relay team of Long, Amanda Wilson, Katie Gret and Ceanna Rossi finished third, while the 1,600-meter relay team of Long, Gret, Sarajane Rossi and Schlegel finished second.
The boys 1,600-meter relay team of Sean Price, Ben and David Strait and Michael Schmidt finished third.
Individually, Lombardi finished third in the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter run. Sarajane Rossi won the 400- and 800-meter runs, while Long finished second in the 100-meter dash, and Wilson finished second in the 100-meter hurdles.
Freshman Michael Rossi also had an impressive fifth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
"We have a lot of little things to improve on," Bruner said. "From handoffs to our conditioning. It takes a little bit of time, but I'm pleased so far."
Steamboat Springs was led by the all-around performance of Dylan Pivarnik, who finished sixth in the boys long jump, fifth in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 400-meter run.
The Sailors also got strong days from distance runners Charlie Stoddard, who finished second in the 1,600-meter run; John Cutter, second in the 3,200-meter run; and Gus Allen, seventh in the 1,600.
Stoddard finished just behind Battle Mountain's Tony Crisofulli - one of the top 1,600-meter runners in the state.
"That's a tribute to (distance coach) Greg Long," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "He's put a lot of time in with the distance runners. They started two months before the season."
Sophomore Carl Steele finished seventh in the discus.
On the girls side, Brittany Long paced the Sailors with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run and a fourth in the 1,600-meter run.
"I think as long as those kids keep working hard and we stay healthy, which is a big one for us, we'll get better, keep training and working hard in practice and go from there," DeWolfe said. "If we do that, the meets take care of themselves."
Steamboat and Soroco next compete at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Springs.