Soroco does well at postponed track meet against Eagle Valley
April 9, 2009
Steamboat Springs — The Soroco High School track team didn’t disappoint when finally given the chance to compete.
The Rams belatedly opened their season Tuesday. Their first scheduled meet, March 28 at West Grand, and Saturday’s trip to Eagle Valley were canceled in the face of spring snowstorms.
The Eagle Valley meet finally went on Tuesday, however, and the Rams piled up plenty of strong finishes – despite competing for the first time this season on a real track.
Junior Alex Estes won the long jump and placed third in the high jump to lead the way.
“We had a good day. This was the first time on the track for a lot of kids,” Soroco coach David Bruner said. “I was really pleased with a lot of the performances.”
Traci Schlegel was third in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 200 dash.
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Sarajane Rossi also grabbed a third-place finish in the 800.
Both girls then contributed to successful relay teams.
Rossi and Schlegel ran on the fourth-place 1,600-meter relay team with freshmen Lauryn Bruggink and Lindsay Miles.
Rossi, Bruggink and Schlegel also teamed up with Ceanna Rossi to finish fourth in the 800 relay.
Michael Rossi, Ben Strait, David Strait and Jonathan Bell were fourth in the boys 3,200 relay. Cody Miles joined the Strait brothers and Bell for a fifth-place finish in the 1,600 relay.
Miles was also sixth in the long jump and Katrina Maes was sixth in the shotput.
“They went out hard and did a lot of good things,” Bruner said.
The squad will return to action Saturday for a meet at Glenwood Springs, where athletes from Steamboat Springs and Hayden high schools will compete, as well.
Hayden, also snowed out the past two weekends, was unable to make the mid-week trip to Eagle Valley for the rescheduled meet but hopes to squeeze in a performance Friday at Coal Ridge before competing at Glenwood.
“The kids are getting the feeling that all we do is practice,” Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said. “That’s why we’re trying to get to Coal Ridge on Friday. The kids are trying to stay excited, stay focused and stay ready to run and compete.”
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