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Sailors, Rams, Tigers eye state track meet

Soroco athletes break pair of school records

Steamboat Springs High School Sailors

— With the state championship meet looming less than two weeks away, high school track and field athletes from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools put down some of their best results of the season last weekend at one of their final meets of the season, the Western Slope League Meet in Grand Junction.

"We still feel the momentum going forward," Steamboat coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said.

Athletes and relay teams need to post one of the best 18 times or distances in classification to make the field for the state championship meet, scheduled for May 18 through 20 in Lakewood.

For Steamboat, the distance-running girls again led the way at the Western Slope League Meet. Winter Boese won in the 1,600 with a time of 5:26.66. Maggi Congdon was second at 5:32.52. They then traded places in the 800, Congdon winning the race in 2:22.25 and Boese coming in second at 2:23.11. Both are set to make the state field in both events.

Isabelle Boniface was third in the 3,200 with a time of 12:31.18, then fifth in the 1,600. She's currently set at 21st in the state in the 3,200, just on the wrong side of the bubble, but shaving two seconds off her time would get her in now, and five could help her withstand the final weekend of improved times, coming up this weekend.

"We're being very strategic about what she'll run this week," Tumminello said. "She's fully capable of being in that state competition."

The girls 3,200 relay team — fifth in the state — placed third at the league meet, and the 400, 800 and sprint medley teams were all sixth. The 1,600 relay team was seventh.

Erica Moos was seventh in the 100 dash, and Annika Malacinski took 10th.

Shilo Lottes, meanwhile, flew to a seventh-place finish in the pole vault.

On the boys side, Eric Casey rocketed to second in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 3 inches. He's ranked eight in the state. Dawson Linquist was fifth in high jump, and he's sitting at 13th in the state.

Eric Casey was third in the triple jump.

Kline Clemente had a strong meet in the sprints, placing fifth in the 200 and seventh in the 100. Cruz Archuleta was fifth in the 400 and Canon Reece 10th.

Ben Anderson was eighth in high jump, and Ethan Labriola was 11th in long jump.

The 3,200 relay team was fifth, while the 400 and 1,600 teams were both sixth.

"This is fun," Tumminello said. "We're having Steamboat sprinters make it back to finals, and that's bolstering that part of our team. We have really strong distance runners and great results from our jumpers and throwers. We are feeling a lot of positive momentum right now."

Rams shatter school records

Soroco had plenty of success of its own at the Western Slope League meet, and it, too, is running with an eye on getting as many athletes qualified into the top-18 as possible.

Chloe Veilleux ran away with the Class 1A/2A 1,600 meter race, winning in 5:27.08. She also qualified for finals in both the 100 and the 300 hurdles, but didn't race in the finals in either.

Mattie Rossi won both of those hurdles events, and she has the state's best time in both, as well. Charlee Veilleux was third in the 300 hurdles.

Rossi's time in the 300 hurdles wasn't just any old win, either. It was a school record, 15.93 in the prelims, her first time under 16.00.

"That was pretty neat," coach David Bruner said. "She finally broke 16, and that's a pretty big barrier to break."

Grand Remond also broke the record in the boys high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.

"He's still learning, too," Bruner said. "He has more in him."

Cassie Constine was third in the triple jump and Kourtney Bruner seventh.

Charlee Veilleux was fifth in the pole vault, Kourtney Bruner seventh in the 200 and Hannah Hayes eighth in discus.

The girls 800 relay team placed third, and the 400 team was fourth.

Ben Kelley joined Redmond in putting up a stellar day on the boys side. He won the 1,600, then won the 400, as well, logging a top-5 time in the state in what was his first time running the race this season.

Cody Reynen and Brandon Veilleux placed seventh and 10th in high jump. Veilleux, then, was fourth in the 200 and Reynen fifth in the pole vault.

The boys 400 relay team was third, and the 800 relay team took fifth.

"We're in a real good position," David Bruner said. "About 90 percent of the team had their personal bests down there, so that was great."

Tigers in position for state

Hayden was led by Hannah Wilkie, who continued to better her time in the 800, which is already the best in the state. She won that event in 2:19.44.

"She's awesome," coach Pat Moore said. "She's a phenomenal runner, and she'll probably come into state ranked first, and I think she'll do pretty well there."

Makenna Knez had two outstanding performances in distances races, too. She was first in the 3,200, then third in the 1,600.

Allison Ingols was fourth in the long jump and Darian Murphy 10th. Faith Day was sixth in the 200, with Murphy taking 10th. Geneva Kunshier was seventh in the 100 and Alex Camilletti ninth in the triple jump.

Chris Carrouth had a very strong day for the boys. He was third in the 1,600, fourth in the 800 and ninth in the 400.

"He's sitting pretty for state in the 800, so we'll probably focus on the 1,600 this week," Moore said.

Alan Aguirre was fourth in the 100 and Patrick Hunter ninth. Mason Brewer was sixth in the long jump and Daylon Frentress ninth. Hunter was sixth in the triple jump with Brewer seventh. Christian Carson had a solid day throwing, placing seventh in discus and 10th in shot put, despite injuring his hand during the week.

The boys 1,600 relay was sixth, the 400 relay seventh and the 800 ninth.

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