Routt County’s high school track teams fall into stride |

Routt County’s high school track teams fall into stride

— Alexandra Tumminello led the way for the Routt County high school track teams as squads from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools competed in a pair of events throughout the weekend.

Tumminello was the best of the bunch, winning the girls 800-meter run at the Demon Invitational hosted by Glenwood Springs High School on Saturday.

She logged her season's best time with a time of 2 minutes, 32.88 seconds.

She wasn't the only Sailor to score points for the team. Steamboat also racked up points in the girls 1,600 run, where Bailey Pugh and Seana Harker finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Lena Barker was third for Steamboat in the 400, and the Sailors scored points with a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay and an eighth-place showing in the 800-meter relay.

Other top-20 finishes on the girls side came from Temsup Techarukpong, 10th in the 400 and 15th in both the 200 and the long jump; Alexis Balgenorth, 17th in the long jump; Aubrey Rhode, 18th in the 400, Isabel Feldmann, 19th in the 300 hurdles; and Pugh, 20th in the 300 hurdles.

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On the boys side, Koby Vargas was the top-performing athlete, finishing sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:16.13. Steamboat also showed well in a pair of relays, placing seventh in the 1,600 relay and ninth in the 800 relay.

Other top-20 finishes came from Ben Lingle, 12th in the 3,200; Zach Sperry, who was 12th in the 1,600 and 18th in the 200; Peter Myller, 16th in the 1,600; and Bruce Darcy, who was 18th in shot put and 20th in discus.

Rams ramping up

Soroco had two days of track action during the weekend, competing in Saturday's Glenwood Springs meet a day after a trip to a meet at Coal Ridge High School.

Andrew Herzog recorded the top individual result for the Soroco boys team, placing third at Glenwood Springs in the 400 with a time of 54.34. Micah Gibbons was 14th in the race.

Herzog placed ninth in the 200 there while Cody Reynen was ninth in the high jump and 19th in the 300 hurdles. Brandon Veilleux was 12th in the high jump and Gibbons 13th in the discus.

Herzog also was ninth the day before in the 200 at Coal Ridge. Chance Beaty was 17th in that race.

On the girls side, Kali Constine was third in the high jump at Glenwood Springs and fourth at Coal Ridge, topping out at 4 feet, 10 inches both times. Constine also placed 8th in the 800 at Glenwood Springs. Hayley Johnson was sixth at Glenwood Springs in the 100 and 11th in the 200.

DaKota Bruner was 12th and Leah Walorski 14th in the Glenwood Springs long jump. Walorski was even better in the triple jump, placing sixth.

Soroco scored big with a trio of relay teams at Coal Ridge. The Rams were eighth in the 800 relay and the 3,200 relay. They also placed ninth in the 400 relay. Johnson and Constine, meanwhile, placed No. 16 and No. 17, respectively, in the 400 at Coal Ridge.

"I'm pretty pleased with where we're at right now," Soroco coach David Bruner said.

The girls relay teams are coming into form, though the boys have yet to fully debut their relay efforts as the right combination of athletes have yet to attend the same event.

"Our progress is coming, and if we can keep it up with the relays and the individual performances, hopefully we can send quite a few kids down to the state track meet again," he said. "We're only a month away, and it will go fast."

Delaney, Temple pace Tigers

Hayden, competing only Friday at Coal Ridge, was led by Liam Delaney's seventh-place finish in the triple jump. Thomas Rauch was eighth in the high jump and then 12th in the 110 hurdles.

For the girls, Jordan Temple was seventh in the 110 hurdles while Jewel Vreeman was eighth in the long jump. The Tigers girls team also fielded a strong 400 relay team, finishing 11th.

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