Steamboat Springs Just a week ago, Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner was a little uneasy about the progress of his team.
But after Friday’s performance at Coal Ridge, Bruner thinks the Rams actually are ahead of where they were last year.
“I couldn’t say that a week ago,” Bruner said. “I honestly didn’t think we were. The hardest thing for them to understand is we need to break their legs down and get them to a certain point. But if we keep going like we are, there will be a lot of good things.”
The Soroco girls finished ninth out of 15 teams and the boys finished fifth Friday at the Coal Ridge meet. The only Class 2A girls team to finish ahead of Soroco was Paonia. The Soroco boys were the top 2A team at the meet.
Leading the way for the Rams were a pair of stalwarts. Alex Estes finished first in the long and triple jumps, and Matt Watwood — competing for the first time all season — finished first in the discus and third in the shot put.
Nic Paxton was sixth in the long jump, and Cody Miles was fifth in the triple jump and shot put.
AJ Anderson finished sixth in the 3,200-meter run.
The boys 1,600-meter relay team of Ben and David Strait, Miles and Estes finished fifth. The 3,200-meter relay team of Jaden Baker, Ben Strait, Michael Rossi and Miles also finished fifth.
On the girls side, Josie Rossi paced the Rams by finishing fourth in the 1,600 meters, fourth in the high jump, fifth in the 800 meters and sixth in the 3,200 meters.
Cienna Rossi was fifth in the 400 meters and sixth in the pole vault. Micaela Myer was seventh in the 400 meters and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.
The girls 800-meter relay team of Myer, Jaelyn Whaley, Carmen Matthews and Cienna Rossi finished eighth. That same group finished fourth in the 1,600-meter relay.
Bruner said the team will continue to work hard early in the week and break down legs. He said the goal is to peak near the end of the season.
“I was pleased with the weather and the effort of the kids,” he said. “I feel a lot better after this meet.”