Routt County track teams ready for state |

Routt County track teams ready for state

Soroco, Hayden, Steamboat look to bring home titles from Lakewood

Luke Graham

Soroco's Lauryn Bruggink hands the baton off to Ceanna Rossi in the 1,600-meter relay at a meet May 8. The team of Josie Rossi, Ceanna Rossi, Carmen Matthews and Bruggink will attempt to bring home a state championship from the state track meet that runs today through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.
Joel Reichenberger

— Coming off a second-place finish for the boys at the regional track and field meet last weekend, there is expected optimism among Soroco High School team members.

But maybe it's more than optimism when the possibility of four state championships are realistic goals.

The state track and field meet begins today and continues through Saturday at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood.

Seniors Alex Estes, long and triple jumps, and Matt Watwood, shot put and discus, should have very good opportunities to finish in the top three.

The Rams also qualified Pie Lombardi in the pole vault, Estes in the 400-meter dash and Cody Miles in the long and triple jumps.

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The boys 3,200-meter relay team of Ben and David Strait, AJ Anderson and Michael Rossi also qualified.

On the girls side, the sprint medley team of Micaela Meyer, Carmen Matthews, Lauryn Bruggink and Josie Rossi qualified, as did the 800-meter relay team of Meyer, Josie and Ceanna Rossi and Bruggink. The 1,600-meter relay team of Josie and Ceanna Rossi, Bruggink and Matthews also qualified.

"We hope to go down there and perform the best we can," Soroco coach David Bruner said. "We hope to peak. If we do that, I think we can score quite a few points."

All the girls relays are right on the brink of making the finals. The goal is to get all three relay teams to the finals and possibly win a medal, Bruner said.

With the boys, Bruner said he hopes to double last year's output of 30 points. Do that and Soroco could finish in the top five.

"The kids have really grown," he said. "They've stuck together and matured."

Hayden looking for top finishes at state meet

The Hayden High School track and field team will take quality over quantity.

Although the Tigers have only five athletes competing in the state tournament, all have a good chance to get a medal.

Hayden will have Jake Walker,100- and 200-meter dashes; Chris Zirkle, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs; Aubree Haskins, triple jump; Rene Valdez, high jump; and Savannah Williams, 3,200-meter run, going to the state meet at Jeffco Stadium in Lakewood. The meet starts today and runs through Saturday.

Walker is seeded second in the 100 and fourth in the 200, and Zirkle is fourth in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200. Haskins is seeded 11th in the triple jump, and Williams is 12th in the 3,200.

Valdez is seeded first in the high jump.

"Unless something drastically goes wrong, I see him walking away with first place," Hayden coach Barbara Manzanares said. "He's got the highest jump, but anything can happen."

Steamboat Sailors send 2 athletes to state meet

The Steamboat Springs High School track and field team will send Gus Allen and Morgan Bessette to the state track and field meet.

Allen will compete in the boys 3,200-meter run.

He's ranked 16th in Class 4A.

His best time of the year was 10 minutes, 10.57 seconds. David Perry, of Niwot, is the top-seeded runner with a time of 9:20.87.

Allen will compete at 10:05 a.m. Friday.

Bessette will compete in the girls triple jump, qualifying with a jump of 34 feet, 6 inches at the Showcase meet in Grand Junction last weekend.

She nearly was edged out of the meet by Ginger Klopping, of Skyline, but the two jumpers tied.

Bessette will compete in the first heat at 8:30 a.m. today.