Steamboat Springs Miserable weather slowed, but didn’t stop, the Hayden and Soroco high school track teams Saturday in a meet at Eagle Valley High School.
“It was really windy and pretty cold. It rained on us probably half the day,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “Still, I was pleased with our kids. They fought through all the conditions and I was pleased with their performances.”
Sophomore Nic Paxton showed he was ready to keep a strong Ram tradition in the triple jump alive. A year ago, Alex Estes proved himself one of the top triple jumpers in Colorado, finishing second at the state track meet.
Estes graduated, but Paxton again had the Rams at the top in the event. He won there Saturday with a personal best jump of 39 feet, 8-1/2 inches.
“We were pretty pleased with that from a sophomore,” Bruner said.
Paxton also was eighth in the long jump.
The Rams had a number of other medal-worthy performances.
Micaela Meyer was third in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Josie Rossi was fifth in both the 800-meter run and the 1,600. Lindsay Miles was seventh in the long jump and eighth in the pole vault, just behind Ceanna Rossi, who was sixth in the pole vault.
Pie Lombardi was seventh in the long jump, and Jacob Hange eighth in the 200 dash for a boys team that was missing several key members.
Meyer, Lauryn Bruggink, Ceanna Rossi and Jaelyn Whaley combined to finish fourth in the 400-meter relay and seventh in the 800 relay.
Bruggink and Whaley then ran with Josie Rossi and Carmen Mathews to finish fifth in the spring medley. Ceanna Rossi replaced Whaley in the group for a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 relay.
“There were a lot of schools there, so I was pleased with the effort,” Bruner said. “I’m really happy with where our kids are sitting right now. That was only our second meet and we already have a lot of kids up in the top 18 in different events.
“We still have a lot of work to do on relays, working on handoffs and fine-tuning some things.”
Zirkle tops for Tigers
Hayden was led in the meet by distance runner Chris Zirkle, who won the 3,200 run in a driving rain.
“It rained like crazy,” Hayden coach Richard Bush said. “Chris did really well. He didn’t have anyone to run against and still got a good time.”
Hayden Blake was third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 110 hurdles and led a strong Tiger continent in the triple jump. He was fifth. Brent Gabel was eighth, and Jorge Valdez ninth in the event.
Aubree Haskins placed three times, finishing fourth in both the shot put and long jump, and eighth in the triple jump. Savannah Williams battled the same conditions as Zirkle — Bush said the rain climaxed during the long, eight-lap races — and finished sixth.
Bush said the team also had plenty of good performances from athletes who didn’t place. He pointed to Kayla Dunckley in the discus, Anthony Maddox in the shot, Dakota Zehner in the 200, Scott Armbruster in the 100 and Ian Cadenhead in the 800.
“We had a great meet,” Bush said. “We had a lot of PRs for some young kids, which was cool.”