The Steamboat Springs High School track team got a standout performance from Meg O’Connell on Saturday at the Mickey Dunn Invitational meet in Grand Junction.
O’Connell, a junior racing with the team for the first time in her career, was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 12 minutes, 59.54 seconds, and ninth in the 1,600 meters, in 6:01.19.
“I was extremely pleased with her first efforts ever in the 1,600 and 3,200. Meg has been consistently working hard since last summer when she started to prepare for cross-country,” Steamboat coach Greg Long said. “She kept up extra morning plyometric workouts through the fall and winter to complement her running and skiing and now it is paying off. With less than 10 track workouts under her belt it will be fun to see how she progresses this season.”
Long also pointed to Ben Lingle’s performance in his first 3,200, where he finished 19th in 12:27.36. Koby Vargas and Finn O’Connell raced in the 1,600, with Vargas placing 37th in 5:35.38 and O’Connell finishing 41st in 5:41.71.
Temsup Techarukpong, Carissa Anderson, Kelsey Spognardi and Gabrielle Anderson also combined for a top-10 finish, placing ninth in the 400-meter relay.
On the girls side, Carissa Anderson was 32nd in the 400; Bailey Pugh was 24th and Spognardi was 26th in the 300-meter hurdles; Alexandra Tumminello was 26th in the 800; Spognardi was 33rd in the long jump; and Gabrielle Anderson was 17th and Techarukpong was 24th in the 200. Techarukpong, Carissa Anderson, Gabrielle Anderson and Bailey Pugh were 13th in the 1,600 relay.
For the boys, Joshua Heald was 18th in the discus, ahead of teammates Bruce Darcy, 41st, and Dyan Wallace, 44th. Heald also placed 34th in the shot put, where Darcy was 35th. Peter Myller was 38th in the 400; Charles Tisch was 30th and Erik Rudolf was 41st in the 800; Vargas was 46th in the long jump; and Dylan Wallace was 46th in the 200. Charles Delfmann, Vargas, Tisch and Wallace were 15th in the 1,600 relay.
The squad travels to Broomfield for its next meet.