More Routt County track athletes headed to state

Teams earn more qualifications at regionals

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— The Soroco High School track and field team wrapped up another successful regional meet Friday in Grand Junc­tion, led by a second place overall finish from the boys team.

“They’ve been working at this for a while,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “That was something they wanted to do. They wanted to hang another banner in the gym.”

Also Friday, three Soroco girls relay teams finished in the top three and qualified for the state meet. The sprint medley team of Micaela Meyer, Carmen Matthews, Lauryn Bruggink and Josie Rossi finished third; as did the 800-meter relay team of Meyer, Josie and Ceanna Rossi and Bruggink; and the 1,600-meter relay team of Josie and Ceanna Rossi, Bruggink and Matthews.

On the boys side, Alex Estes qualified by finishing third in the 400, first in the long jump and second in the triple jump. Cody Miles was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Matt Watwood won the shot put, and the boys 3,200-meter relay team of Ben and David Strait, AJ Anderson and Michael Rossi finished second.

“We just wanted to do as good as we could,” Miles said. “We wanted to place as high as we could. I was surprised, there were a couple teams ahead of us, and we weren’t sure where we’d fall. But we have most of our team going to state.”

In individual events, Soroco will send Pie Lombardi (pole vault), Estes (long and triple jumps, 400), Miles (long and triple jumps) and Matt Watwood (discus and shot put) to state. The boys 3,200-meter relay team and the girls sprint medley, 800 and 1,600 relay teams also will be headed to the state meet beginning Thursday at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.

Hayden Tigers get 2 more qualified for state meet

The Hayden High School track and field team qualified two more athletes for the state meet Friday during the final day of the regional meet in Grand Junction.

Tigers freshman Savannah Williams finished third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 35.81 seconds, good enough to get her to state.

“That was a huge leap for her,” Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said. “She had some pretty good runners to run with. But she paced herself well and ran well.”

Aubree Haskins jumped 15 feet, 6 inches in the long jump, good enough for second place and a spot at state.

Hayden senior Jake Walker won finals in the 100- and 200-meter runs, finishing in 11.3 and 23.07 seconds, respectively.

Chris Zirkle, already prequalified in the 3,200, finished second Friday in 10:12.44. Hayden Blake finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.35 seconds and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 44.94 seconds.

The boys 400-meter relay team of Blake, Treyben Letlow, Rene Valdez and Brentt Gable finished fifth.

Hayden will have Walker (100 and 200 meters), Zirkle (1,600 and 3,200 meters), Haskins (triple and long jumps), Valdez (high jump) and Williams (3,200 metes) going to Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s state meet at Jeffco Stadium in Denver.

“I’m happy with it,” Man­zanares said. “All of our coaches are happy. They did an awesome job. We’re excited for next week. It was a great regional and a great way for the kids to end the season.”

Steamboat must wait for state times to be tabulated

Several members of the Steamboat Springs High School track and field team will have to wade through the next couple of days to find out whether they will be part of the state track meet.

In Class 4A, the top 18 individuals or teams are invited to the state track meet. Currently, Morgan Bessette ranks 15th in the triple jump, Gus Allen is 18th in the 3,200-meter run, and the boys 3,200-meter relay team of Jeff Sperry, Jack Burger, Colton Lewer and Dylan Pivarnik ranks 16th.

Once all times from across the state are tabulated late today or early Sunday, the Sailors should have a better idea of who earned berths to the state meet.

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