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Storm postpones state track as Hayden, Soroco wait on Front Range

Steamboat track team still at home

The state track meet was postponed Thursday after a strong spring storm struck the state. The meet will now be condensed to run Saturday and Sunday.

— They'll catch up on some sleep, go to the mall and maybe see a movie or go bowling.

The Hayden and Soroco high school track teams headed to the Front Range on Wednesday, hoping to beat the weather and make it to the state track meet in Lakewood.

They won the race, making it safely, but the weather won everything else. With snow, wind and rain lashing the venue in Lakewood, the Colorado High School Activities Association first postponed Thursday's events, pushing the three-day event into Sunday. Later Thursday, it postponed Friday's scheduled action, as well, condensing the meet to run only two days, Saturday and Sunday.

That leaves a pair of Routt County high school track teams in the big city with some time to kill.

"We'll work out a little in the snow, I guess," Soroco coach David Bruner said. "We're used to working out in the snow, so it's not that big of a deal."

The Rams hit the mall Thursday. So did the Tigers, after spending the morning working out at the Colorado School of Mines indoor track facility.

"It was good. We ran about an hour and a half, and it was good to get them to stretch their legs," Tigers coach Pat Moore said.

Condensing the meet could mean a few changes. The most significant may be for Hayden, which will likely have to run its girls 1,600-meter relay team without senior Darian Murphy. Hayden is scheduled to have graduation Sunday, and with family coming into town for that event, it will take precedence, and Faith Day will take on that leg of the race.

Hayden's not the only school in that bind. CHSAA actually inserted a small "senior recognition" into Sunday’s schedule for those who will miss graduation thanks to the rescheduled meet.

Steamboat had planned to drive down Thursday morning but put that on hold when roads were closed and the first postponement was announced.

"We'll press forward with the schedule as it is," Steamboat coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said. "Certainly, our team was excited to get on a bus and depart today, but they've been great, and they were ready for the change."

The altered schedule likely won't require any other major shifts for local athletes. The biggest concern would be the distance runners, but they all have substantial time between events, if not the 24 hours they'd initially planned on.

Soroco's Ben Kelley and Chloe Veilleux will open with the 3,200-meter run at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, then will have the 800 at 9 a.m. Sunday and the 1,600 at 2:50 p.m. Sunday.

All three of Steamboat's distance girls will have two-race days. Isabelle Boniface will run the 3,200 early Saturday morning and a leg of the 3,200 relay that afternoon.

Maggi Congdon and Winter Boese, meanwhile, will run the 800 early Sunday and the 1,600 that afternoon. Hayden's Chris Carrouth will also be on the same Sunday schedule, tackling the 800 early and the 1,600 late.

The schedule shaves time by cutting all preliminary races in the running events, then cutting finals in field events.

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