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Soroco track again strong as teams head to last-chance meets

Austin Colbert

Soroco High School Rams

— Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner really likes where his team sits. This week, the Rams will travel to West Grand for its last-chance meet, though most of their athletes don’t have anything to worry about in regard to state qualification.

"Individually, I feel good about where everybody is," Bruner said. "We are in great shape. That's kind of a nice spot to be in, I guess. We can go in, have some fun, and do some different things."

Soroco is coming off the Western Slope meet in Grand Junction during the weekend, where the usual names continued to shine. Sophomore Ben Kelley, coming off an illness, swept through the boys’ distance runs. He took first in the 800-meter (1 minute, 59.95 seconds), 1,600-meter (4:32.20) and 3,200-meter (10:30.28) races.

Freshman Chloe Veilleux continued her hot streak, winning the girls 1,600-meter race with a school record time of 5:34.68. It is the seventh school record the Rams have broken in 2016.

Veilleux also took second in the girls 300-meter hurdles, a race won by teammate Mattie Rossi, a sophomore, in 47.94 seconds. Rossi also won the 100-meter hurdles race in 16.77 seconds.

As a group, the Soroco girls finished third.

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"All our relays are still in the top 10 for the girls. So, I'm feeling good about that," Bruner said. "I was really pleased with the kids. Great effort. Keep tuning up."

Hayden High School will also compete in West Grand on Thursday for its last-chance meet. The Tigers remain on the 2A state bubble with a handful of athletes.

Among Hayden's notable finishers at the WSL meet in Grand Junction was a third-place finish from Makenna Knez in the girls 3,200-meter race (13:08.94), a new personal best. She also finished fifth in the girls mile (5:57.53), another PR.

Steamboat Springs High School has even more work to do if it wants to send any athletes to state. In the 4A portion of the weekend WSL meet in Grand Junction, the Sailors held their own. Senior Alex Tumminello finished sixth in the girls mile, crushing her previous best time in 5:28.47, while senior Allison Casey also set a PR in the girls 400-meter race (1:00.24), where she finished third.

The girls 3,200-meter relay team took second, and remains on the state bubble.

"It will take a good meet of having some PRs next week to get there," Sailors coach Lisa Renee Tumminello said about the Sailors getting to state. "It's so fun to think about a lot of these kids, who are thinking about being in the mix and thinking forward to next year. That is exciting."

Often hindered by the depth of the 4A schools they compete against, the Sailors are looking forward to next season where realignment will put them, along with a handful of other SSHS teams, into 3A. Had Steamboat been in 3A this season, they would have numerous athletes qualified for state.

The Sailors do have one more meet to sneak into the state meet. They'll compete at the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction on Thursday and Friday. Teams should know by Sunday who has qualified for the state meet in Lakewood, which begins May 19.

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