Steamboat Springs Now Steamboat Springs High School track and field athlete Jeff Sperry just plays the waiting game.
The senior ran a personal best Friday in the 800-meter dash, eclipsing the two-minute mark for the first time in his career.
Sperry’s time of 1:58.57 left him first in the race and more importantly puts him right in the mix for a top 18 slot in the event and a spot at the state meet next weekend.
“It’s probably good enough to get him in,” Steamboat coach Andy Reust said. “We’re hoping. I’m thinking it is.”
Steamboat’s other chance to make it into the top 18 was in the 3,200-meter run with senior Jack Burger.
Burger didn’t better his previous time and won’t make state in the event.
Steamboat should have a good chance today to qualify its 3,200-meter relay team. The team isn’t in the top 18 but the team of Sperry, Burger, Colton Lewer and Asher Rohde will be in a field that should feature one of the best relays at the meet.
The field features three teams already in the top 18, and four more battling for one of the final spots.
Reust said the team is shooting to run an 8:20, a number he thinks should get the team to state.
The 3,2000-meter relay team runs at 9:30 a.m. today.
The final top 18 in each event will be revealed Sunday.
Hayden grabs top spots
The Hayden High School track and field team battled hotter than usual temperatures to register several top finishes at the Class 2A regional meet in Grand Junction.
The meet serves as the last opportunity for athletes to get into the top 18 of their respective events that get them to state.
Senior Chris Zirkle finished first in the 3,200-meter run. Zirkle is in the top three of the event for state.
Hayden Blake set a personal best in the 110 hurdles, qualifying third for the today’s finals in 16.76 seconds.
Blake is in the top 18 in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Brandon Ray set a personal best in the high jump, clearing 6 feet. Ray is in the top 18 for state. Dakota Zehner was fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-10. He also is in the top 18.
Liam Delaney was 10th in 3,200, Dan Engle was 21st in the 200 and 20th in the 200. Becca Hoza was 18th in the 200
Aubree Haskins was seventh in the triple jump and 11th in the discus.
Scott Armbruster was 11th in the long jump and 17th in the 100.
The meet continues at 8 a.m. today.
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