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Soroco girls place first at track meet

Melinda Mawdsley

With a meet scheduled for Saturday, Soroco High School track coach Gary Heide treated Wednesday’s Grand Valley Invitational differently than most competitions.

“Being that it was our third meet in seven days, and Saturday will be our fourth meet in 10 days, we pretty much wanted to go out and compete, but you have to use it as a practice,” Heide said. “I tried to lighten up maybe just a little, but overall, we tried to take advantage of the beautiful weather to get out and run.”

Legs are tired throughout Colorado. The early months of the track season are spent conditioning and strengthening, so times aren’t an accurate reflection of the performance level athletes hope to achieve in the weeks ahead.

“One of my objectives with this meet was to give athletes working really hard this year a chance to place and get ribbons,” Heide said. “When you only have eight teams, some kids who don’t always place at the larger meets place in this one.”

Heide mixed up his relays, giving veterans a chance to run with track newcomers. The Rams won the girls title and placed second in the boys team standings. Both teams will receive a plaque from Grand Valley High School in Parachute.

Soroco and Hayden ran against regional and Western Slope League opponents Grand Valley, Plateau Valley, DeBeque and Paonia.

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Paonia was a surprise participant, and Hayden didn’t have Wednesday’s meet on its original schedule.

Soroco’s Kyla Schmidt won the long jump and the 400 meters, Sarajane Rossi won the 800, and Genessa Heide won the high jump. The Rams also picked up 10 points from their 1,600-meter relay team of Jamie Glawe, Gina Werremeyer, Amber Lawton and Beth Strait with a time of 5 minutes, 30.64 seconds.

Soroco’s Nick Rangel won the discus with a throw of 148 feet, 11 inches, breaking his previous school record. Kieran Corrigan was first in the 400, and teammate Kyle Hendrickson was second.

The Rams picked up two first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Martin Germain, David Roberts, Steve Meade and Hendrickson won the meet’s final race in 4:20.43. Soroco’s 3,200-relay team of Johnny DeCosta, Peter Daley, Hendrickson and Corrigan ran an 8:44.19, which is two seconds slower than the school record.

Hayden’s Keenan Bruchez picked up two first-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and the long jump. Bruchez remains one of the only hurdlers in Class 2A able to break the 16-second mark in the 110-meter hurdles.

Kylee Sweetser won the triple jump, and her older brother Tyson won the shot put, an event he has dominated this season.

Hayden’s 400-meter relay team also finished first.

The Rams and Tigers will compete in Saturday’s Vail Christian Invitational at Battle Mountain High School.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

April 19 — Grand Valley Invitational

Girls — placed fourth as a team

100 meters — 6. Holli Salazar, 14.22.

100 hurdles — 5. Caitlin Mahanna, 18.82; 6. Kirsten Miller, 18.91.

300 hurdles — 5. Mahanna, 55.96.

1,600 — 4. Laura Zirkle, 6:16.01

3,200 — 3. Zirkle, 13:53.51.

400-meter relay — 4. Kylee Sweetser, Jessica Martin, Melissa Geis, Salazar, 56.74.

800 relay — 4. Krystal Williams, Miller, Kyla Beard, Lupe Macias, 2:10.89.

800 medley — 3. Sweetser, Martin, Geis, Salazar,2:03.54.

Long jump — 3. Martin, 13-9.

Triple jump — 1. Sweetser, 31-0 3/4; 5. Mahanna, 27-8.

Discus — 3. Emily Whiteman, 87-3; 4. Sweetser, 82-6.

Shot put — 3. Whiteman, 30-4; 5. Jade Stees, 27-6.

Boys — placed fourth as a team

100 — 3. Tyson Letlow, 11.61.

110 hurdles — 1. Keenan Bruchez, 15.83.

200 — 3. Coy Letlow, 25.10.

300 hurdles — 6. Chris DeBowes, 52.05.

400 — 6. Sam Kopsa, 57.87.

400-meter relay — 1. Bruchez, Tyson Sweetser, T. Letlow, C. Letlow, 46.52.

Long jump — 1. Bruchez, 19-0 1/4; 6. C. Letlow, 16-11 1/2.

Triple jump — 4. Billy Zehner, 32-6.

Discus — 3. Sweetser, 128-9; 4. Bruchez, 124-10.

Shot put — 1. Sweetser, 45-4; 3. Russell Waugh, 38-3; 5. Garrett Murchison, 36-10.

April 19 – Grand Valley Invitational

Girls — placed first as a team

100 meters — 3. Genessa Heide, 13.31; 4. Kyla Schmidt, 13.32.

100 hurdles — 3. Darcy Wisecup, 18.25; 4. Amanda Wilson, 18.56.

200 — 2. Heide, 27.49.

300 hurdles — 3. Traci Schlegel, 54.95; 4. Toni Lombardi, 55.45.

400 — 1. Schmidt, 1:02.87.

800 — 1. Sarajane Rossi, 2:37.77; 3. Emily Hallenbeck, 2:56.03.

1,600 — 5. Beth Strait, 6:16.53.

400-meter relay — 2. Toni Lombardi, Heide, Wisecup, Schmidt, 53.20.

800 relay — 3. Tatum Lombardi, Mikal Achtner, Gina Werremeyer, Jenny Block, 2:05.97.

800 medley — 5. Journee Germain, Allie Glawe, Schlegel, Tatum Lombardi, 2:06.88.

1,600 relay — 1. Jamie Glawe, Werremeyer, Amber Lawton, Strait, 5:30.64. High jump — 1. Heide, 4-4.

Long jump — 1. Schmidt, 15-0; 4. Achtner, 13-0 1/2.

Triple jump — 2. Hallenbeck, 30-0; 4. Toni Lombardi, 27-8; 6. J. Glawe, 27-4 1/4.

Boys — placed second as a team

100 — 6. Nick Rangel, 12.01.

200 — 2. Steve Meade, 25.00.

400 — 1. Kieran Corrigan, 53.86; 2. Kyle Hendrickson, 54.52.

800 — 3. Jesus Garcia, 2:17.60; 6. Rory Olsen, 2:24.44.

1,600 — 6. Peter Daley, 5:30.73.

400-meter relay — 3. Hendrickson, Meade, Johnny DeCosta, Rangel, 47.97.

800 relay — 2. Kane Johnson, Olsen, Garcia, David Roberts, 1:45.86.

1,600 relay — 1. Martin Germain, Roberts, Meade, Hendrickson, 4:20.43.

3,200 relay — 1. DeCosta, Daley, Hendrickson, Corrigan, 8:44.19.

High jump — 6. Meade, 5-0.

Triple jump — 3. Johnson, 32-11.

Discus — 1. Rangel, 148-11*

Shot put — 2. Rangel, 42-11.

*school record