Track season rarely gets off to a running start in Routt County, and that’s proven true again this year as weather and spring break vacations have stifled progress.
A Saturday meet at Eagle Valley had county coaches feeling optimistic, however.
Meg O’Connell was the top performer for the Steamboat Springs High School team. She continued to prove a quick study to track and field, winning the 3,200-meter run in 13 minutes, 2 seconds. She also placed fifth in the 1,600-meter run, in 5 minutes, 55.37 seconds.
The team also collected a whooping 17 personal bests at the meet.
Other top-15 finishes came from Gabrielle Anderson, 12 in the 200 and 15th in the 100. Temsup Techarukpong was 12th in the 800 and 14th in the long jump, Melissa Requist was 15th in the triple jump and Alexandra Tumminello was 15th in the 1,600. The 1,600-meter relay team with Techarukpong, Anderson, Carissa Anderson and Codi Coughlan placed seventh and the same set of girls finished 11th in the 3,200-meter relay.
Finn O’Connell was 11th and Ben Lingle was 14th in the 3,200. Joshua Heald was 13th in the discus.
Hayden also had big performances at the meet, led by Jorge Valdez, who upped his personal best in the high jump by three inches, to 6-feet, 4 inches. It was good enough to win in Eagle Valley.
Carlos Valdez placed sixth in the shot. Jack Redmond finished fourth in the long jump, topping his previous best by 3 feet to reach 19 feet, 8 inches.
Savannah Williams was fourth in the 3,200, and Jewel Vreeman was seventh in the long jump. Vreeman, Emma Johnson, Laura Johnson and Kara Cozzens came together to place fifth in the 400 relay.
For Soroco, Jossi Rossi helped lead the way. She was third in the 800, seventh in the 3,200 and competed on both the 400- and 800-meter relay teams. She was joined on those squads by Hayley Johnson, Jessica Rossi and Leah Walroski.
Johnson also placed eighth in the 100-meter dash.
Nic Paxton helped lead on the boys side. He was fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump. A 800-meter relay team with Paxton, Micah Gibbons, Carl Rossi and Taylor Lipsie placed seventh.
Gibbons, meanwhile, was eighth in the pole vault, seventh in the discus and seventh in the 400.
“He had a really good day,” coach David Bruner said. “For a sophomore, he’s doing really well.”
The Rams hope to further line up their relay teams this weekend with a pair of competitions, first at Coal Ridge, then at Glenwood Springs.