Steamboat Springs It took a few school-record-breaking performances Friday and Saturday at the Western Slope League track meet in Grand Junction, but the Soroco High School track team emerged with nearly a dozen state-qualified athletes.
The Rams will send 11 athletes in seven events.
“That’s almost half our track team, so we’re pretty excited about that,” coach David Bruner said Sunday.
The state meet begins Thursday, and the Rams have the bulk of this year’s Routt County participants.
Hayden High School is sending two athletes. Steamboat didn’t have any make the top-18 rankings in an event this year and will be without an athlete at state for the third consecutive year.
Soroco, as usual, is sending a heap of relay teams, as well as several individuals.
Two boys and two girls each will compete for themselves. Jessica Rossi has one of the best shots at a medal and will enter the meet ranked sixth in the pole vault. She climbed that high this weekend thanks to a school-record-tying 8-foot, 2-inch vault that placed her first at the league meet.
Kali Constine also recorded a personal best in the event, jumping to 6-8 to place fourth. That proved just enough to get her into state, tied for 18th place.
Constine also will compete in the high jump, where she should have a great shot at a medal, coming in as the fifth-ranked jumper with yet another school-record-tying mark of 5-0.
On the boys side, Bjorn Carlson finally broke a school record he’s been chasing all year by clearing 5-11 in high jump. That’s good enough to send him to state and leave him tied at 14th entering the meet.
“We’ve broken a school record at the high school every year I’ve been here,” Bruner said. “I was glad we were able to keep that streak going and do it again this year.”
Ryan Jeep also qualified in high jump in his first year on the track team, tied for 16th place at 5-10.
As for the relay teams, the Rams have three in this year but just missed two more who finished in 19th place.
Hayley Johnson, Jessica Rossi and Leah Walorski will run in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relays. DaKota Bruner will join the team for the 400 and Cassi Constine for the 1,600.
Chance Beaty, Micah Gibbons and Andrew Herzog will run with Carlson in the 1,600 relay.
“I would have liked to have gotten a couple more relays in there, but that’s just how it goes some years,” David Bruner said. “We missed out in the (girls 800 relay) by 0.10. That’s really close.
“We’re still taking three relays, and that’s exciting for us.”
The Tigers, meanwhile, are sending two athletes. Hayden junior Thomas Rauch qualified in the high jump, where has has a strong chance to medal with a season-best result of 6-1. Jack Redmond, meanwhile, is within striking distance as well in his one event, the long jump. His season-best leap is 20-1, which ranks him 11th going into the competition.
Schools get good results at league meet
All three schools had plenty of strong results at the league meet.
Steamboat was at its best in the relays. The girls 1,600 relay, with Lena Barker, Temsup Techarukpong, Riley Toye and Alexandra Tumminello, was sixth. The girls sprint medley, with Techarukpong, Toye, Sedona Lewis and Sawyer Gander placed sixth, as well. Gander and Lewis then ran with Kelsey Spognardi and Alexis Balgenorth to place seventh in the girls 800 relay.
The boys were eighth in the 400 relay, with Joshua Corbin, Dylan Wallace, Samuel Scully and Charlie Schmidt, and in the 1,600 relay, which Charlie Tisch, Matthew Hansen, Zach Sperry and Ethan Labriola ran.
Koby Vargas placed fifth and Erik Rudolph sixth in the pole vault for the Sailors, leading the way with top-10 individual performances.
The Hayden team had several top-10 performers, as well. Jordan Temple was third in the 100 hurdles, and Jewel Vreeman was third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Laura Johnson placed eighth in the 1,600 and Abby Cadenhead was ninth.
Rauch won the boys high jump. Redmond placed fifth in the long jump, and Rauch was ninth. Liam Delaney, meanwhile, was fourth in the 400.
The Tigers had a good result from the boys 800 relay team, too. Koa Cash, Rauch, Delaney and Redmond combined to finish fifth.
Soroco was second in the boys 3,200 relay, third in the girls 3,200, fourth in the girls 800, 400 and 1,600 and boys 1,600 relays and sixth in the boys 400 relay.
Kali Constine was third in the high jump, Hayley Johnson seventh in the 200, DaKota Bruner eighth in the long jump and Cassie Constine eighth in the triple jump and Alexendrea Bryant ninth in discus.
Carlson was second in high jump, Jeep sixth and Cody Reynen eighth. Jeep was fourth in the shot put, Andrew Schupner seventh in the pole vault and Carlson 10th in the long jump.