Sailors track posts strong performance

Small squad shows well at Fruita meet

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— They had a small team, but Steamboat Springs High School track coach Andy Reust said his Sailors made their presence known Friday at a track meet in Fruita.

Steamboat, with a team weakened by athletes on spring break, took just nine competitors but brought home 12 high-placing finishes.

“It was a good meet,” Reust said.

Jeff Sperry won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.83 seconds, then joined medal-worthy teams in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relays.

The 3,200 relay, with Sperry, Jack Burger, Gus Allen and Colton Lewer, was fourth. The 1,600 relay, with Matt Jones, Evan Hornstein, Lewer and Sperry, finished sixth.

Allen and Burger also placed in the 3,200-meter run. Allen was third at 10:10.37, and Burger finished fourth at 10:10.57.

Morgan Bessette led the way for the girls, placing in all four of her events. She was eighth in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, fifth in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

“The last two weeks, she’s increased her triple jump by 2 feet,” Reust said. “She’s coming around right now in the triple jump, so hopefully we can keep on improving like we have.”

Kailee Duryea and Emily Rabbitt, meanwhile, placed in hurdles events. Duryea was seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, and Rabbitt was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.

The team returns to action this weekend at Rifle. Reust said he’s expecting a larger contingent for that event, though still smaller than what the team will take to meets down the season’s stretch.

“I feel good about where we are, but you never know how these kids will come back from the break,” Reust said. “I have faith in them that they will do something over spring break and won’t lose everything they have.”

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