Steamboat boys relay team, jumper nudged to top 18

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— For several members of the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team, it’s all part of a waiting game now.

Competing in Grand Junction on Thursday at the Class 4A Showcase, Steamboat was able to nudge one girl and a boys relay team into the top 18 of their respective events.

Unlike Class 2A or 3A, in which the top three finishers at regionals qualify for state, in Class 4A and 5A the top 18 individuals and teams in events qualify for state.

Morgan Bessette set a personal best in the triple jump, jumping 34-6 and leaving her in 17th place. The mark was nearly 2 feet better than her previous best.

The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Jeff Sperry, Jack Burger, Colton Lewer and Dylan Pivarnik cut nearly 13 seconds off their time, finishing in 8:26.54. That time is good enough for 16th place in the state right now.

Matt Jones took fourth in the pole vault with a personal best of 10-9 on Wednesday.

Kim Heald made today’s finals in the 100 and 400 meters. Matthia Duryea made the finals in the 400, while Emily Rabitt made the finals in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

Kailee Duryea made the finals in the 300 hurdles.

“At this point for the 4-by-8 and Morgan it’s a waiting game to see what everybody around the state does,” Steamboat coach Andy Reust said.

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