Steamboat Sailors track team starts strong

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— The boys distance runners again led the way for Steamboat Springs High School’s track and field team during a meet during the weekend in Delta.

The meet, which featured more than 30 schools, proved competitive for an early season event.

Leading the way for Steam­boat was Jeff Sperry, who finished third in the boys 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.27

Gus Allen was eighth in the 1,600 meters, finishing in 4:57.07. Allen was third in the 3,200 meters, finishing in 10:20.10.

There was some discrepancy in his 3,200 time because of timing confusion, but regardless, it was a personal best.

“Our legs are still heavy,” Steamboat coach Andy Reust said. “They’re still running very hard at this point. For these guys to post some of these times is great.”

The 400-meter relay team of Dylan Pivarnik, Carl Steele, Lucas Stover and Evan Horn­stein placed seventh.

The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Pivarnik, Jack Burger, Sperry and Hunter Thompson was fifth. All four members of the 3,200-meter relay team ran their best splits of the season.

On the girls side, Emily Rabbitt was eighth in the triple jump with a finish of 29 feet, 10.5 inches.

Kim Heald placed fifth in the girls 100 meters, clocking in at 13.45 seconds.

“That was good,” Reust said. “That was a very strong field she ran against.”

The Sailors now prepare for the Mickey Dunn Invitational in Grand Junction on Satur­day. The race is expected to draw some of the top teams from the Western Slope. Depending on conditions, Reust said he wouldn’t be surprised to see some top times from his athletes.

“It depends on the weather,” Reust said. “If the weather is nice and good, I could see some kids throw out some pretty good times.”

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