Steamboat Springs High School shows well in track

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— The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team laid out another strong early-season performance Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational track meet in Grand Junction.

The Sailors placed 12 times at the meet, an effort highlighted by Jeff Sperry’s second-place finish in the boys 800-meter run and a trio of boys who placed in the 3,200.

“It’s still early in the season, and we’re still trying to put things together,” coach Andy Reust said. “Overall, they did quite well.”

That 800 for Sperry was just one part of a successful day. His time of 2 minutes, 5.79 seconds was his best of the season and inched him closer to his goal of a sub-2-minute time.

He also ran on the boys sixth-place 3,200-relay team, joining Dylan Pivarnik, Jack Burger and Gus Allen; and the boys 1,600-relay squad, along with Pivarnik, Lucas Stover and Scott Powers.

“He did very well,” Reust said about Sperry’s 800. “His times keep coming down.”

On the girls side, Kim Heald led the way. On her own, she was eighth in the 100, but she joined with Nikki Fry, Matthia Duryea and Krista Halsnes in the 400 relay to finish fourth; and with Fry, Duryea and Clarie Tegl for a seventh-place finish in the 800 sprint medley relay.

“This was the first time all the girls (in the 400 relay) have run together. We missed a couple handoffs, stretched a couple of them out, but that’s fine. We can work on that,” Reust said. “But they took fourth overall, so that was really good.”

Morgan Bessette was fourth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. Tegl, Halsnes, Duryea and Kailee Duryea, meanwhile, combined for a fourth-place finish in the girls 1,600 relay.

The squad returns to action next Saturday with a meet at West Grand High School in Kremmling.

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