Soroco’s Chance Beatty and Hayden’s Christopher Carrouth race for the finish line at the end of the 1,600-meter run. Chance won that sprint, winning the eighth-grade boys race. Christopher was second overall but easily hung on to take first among sixth-graders Wednesday at a middle school track meet in Hayden.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Soroco’s Chance Beatty and Hayden’s Christopher Carrouth race for the finish line at the end of the 1,600-meter run. Chance won that sprint, winning the eighth-grade boys race. Christopher was second overall but easily hung on to take first among sixth-graders Wednesday at a middle school track meet in Hayden.

Hayden plays host to 4-team middle school track meet

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— Swallowing is key because there isn’t time to chew, Soroco eighth-grader Warren Hayes explained.

Warren had recorded a great afternoon competing Wednesday at the middle school track meet in Hayden. He’d shown power, speed and endurance, winning the discus, placing second in the javelin and third in the 800-meter run.

To his dismay, however, a rival from North Park swallowed the last bit of a banana — the baton in the meet-ending banana relay — a moment before Warren.

“He swallowed his last bit, then I did,” he said, his disappointment covered by the wide grin the banana race seemed to evoke from everyone in attendance.

Banana victories or not, there was plenty for Routt County athletes to be happy about Wednesday as fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders cut through a warm spring day competing in dozens of events.

Few managed quite the day Soroco’s Briana Peterson did. The eighth-grader was first in three of her events, stomping to victories in the 400-meter run, the long jump and the triple jump. She was second in the 200-meter run.

“I like competing,” Briana said. “The 400 is hard, but you just have to grit your teeth and go.”

She was a part of a powerful performance by Soroco’s eighth-grade girls. That group — Briana, Kali Constine, Lucy Carlson and Kaitlyn Archer — placed first despite competing with just four athletes.

Kali won the 1,600-meter run, Kaitlyn won the 800-meter run and Lucy won the high jump, helping the team to 47 points, just ahead of Hayden, second with 39.

West Grand won the eighth-grade boys race, scoring 58 points. Soroco was second with 51. North Park edged out the Hayden seventh-grade boys, 52 points to 51. West Grand’s seventh-grade girls won with 70 points. Hayden had 49 for second place.

The Hayden sixth-grade girls, meanwhile, were first with 55 points, ahead of second-place West Grand, 45, and third-place Soroco, 39. West Grand won the sixth-grade boys class with 73.5 points.

There were plenty of local champions.

Hayden eighth-grader Jewel Vreeman won the 100- and 200-meter runs while teammate Emma Johnson won the shotput.

For the Rams, Storm Veilleux won the eighth-grade boys long jump, Chance Beatty won the 1,600-meter run and Alexis Perez won the 800 and 400 to go along with Warren’s win in the discus.

Among seventh-grade boys, Hayden’s Christian Carson scored well. He won the javelin and the discus.

“Today was amazing. I’m proud of myself,” Christian said.

Hayden’s Michael Ferrier won the 800- and 400-meter runs, and teammate Tyler Hockaday was first in the hurdles. Sarvis Anarrella won the triple jump and 1,600-meter run for Soroco in the same division.

Grace Wilkie won the 800- and 400-meter runs for Hayden’s seventh-grade girls, showing especially well in the 800, which she won by nearly 15 seconds.

That’s been a work in progress, she said.

“You don’t want to run outside of people on curves because you will run eight more yards for the entire lap, then you need to sprint the last 200 meters,” she said, outlining her strategy. “I’m only two seconds from beating the school record in the 800. I’ll get there.”

Hayden’s Abby Cadenhead won the seventh-grade 1,600-meter run, and teammate Jessika Hockett won the javelin. Soroco’s Dakota Bruner won the long jump and the 100-meter dash.

Hayden sixth-grader Christopher Carrouth won the 1,600 and the 800 in his age division and, competing against the seventh- and eighth-graders, he nearly won both races. He was edged at the line by Soroco’s Chance Beatty in the 1,600-meter run.

Soroco’s Charlee Veilleux won the 800, 1,600 and hurdles. The Soroco sixth-grade girl was joined in winning an event by teammate Mattie Rossi, who won the high jump and the 400. Hayden’s Brittany Volleberg won the sixth-grade triple jump.

Team results

Eighth-grade boys

  1. West Grand, 58
  2. Soroco, 51
  3. North Park, 17
  4. Hayden, 19

Eighth-grade girls

  1. Soroco, 47
  2. Hayden, 39
  3. North Park, 29
  4. West Grand, 27

Seventh-grade boys

  1. North Park, 52
  2. Hayden, 51
  3. West Grand, 17
  4. Soroco, 13

Seventh-grade girls

  1. West Grand, 70
  2. Hayden, 49
  3. North Park, 22
  4. Soroco, 18

Sixth-grade boys

  1. Hayden, 55
  2. West Grand, 45
  3. Soroco, 39
  4. North Park, 14

Sixth-grade girls

  1. Hayden, 55
  2. West Grand, 45
  3. Soroco, 39
  4. North Park, 14

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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