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Rams running toward big state results

Soroco's Mattie Rossi jumped to a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles last year at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood. This year, she has a shot to win that event at state, and her team has a chance to earn one of its best finishes in years.

— Soroco High School track and field coach David Bruner doesn't trust what's on paper.

What's on paper — or on the web because, come on, what is this, 2002? — says the Soroco girls track team is in line for a sixth-place team finish in three weeks at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood.

That's the conclusion of the virtual meet tabulator at co.milesplit.com, the site that records, and in turn, ranks, high school track and field performances from around the state.

The Rams are expected to score 41.5 points on the strength of six individual medal-worthy performances and one individual state championship.

Bruner? He's less than convinced.

"We can score more points than that," he said.

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If so, Soroco could be on the verge of one of its best team performances in any sport in years. The best recent team track finish was sixth from the boys in 2011.

This spring's girls team could surpass that, and even challenge for a top-3 finish at state.

"If everything goes ideal like we need it to, if everyone's healthy, we have a chance to do that," Bruner said.

The team isn't deep, built around a core of only six girls, but it's proven plenty fast so far this season.

The squad has three relay teams poised to qualify for state. The 400-meter relay currently has the seventh-best time in the state. The 800 relay, only run once so far, has the 10th best time, and the 800 sprint medley relay has the fourth-best time.

DaKota Bruner, Cassie Constine, Mattie Rossi, Charlee Veilleux, Chloe Veilleux and Kourtney Bruner combine to fill out those three squads.

"We can get a medal in all three of them at state, so long as we're healthy," David Bruner said.

The team could medal in or even win several individual events, as well. Chloe Veilleux won the Class 2A state cross country championship last fall as a sophomore and will tackle the 1,600 and 800 runs.

She currently has the state's fourth-best time in the 1,600 and the second best in the 800.

She'll also factor into the 300 hurdles, where she has the state's sixth-best time. There, however, she's behind teammate Mattie Rossi, ranked top in the state.

Rossi is also ranked third in the 100 hurdles and Veilleux 24th.

More points are possible, too. Constine sits eighth in the triple jump, and Kourtney Bruner is on the state bubble in the 200 dash.

Predicting a track meet from season-long times and distances is strictly guess work. The computer may count one athlete as scoring in five, six or 10 events when she will be limited to four in Lakewood. Then, there's strategy involved, and, David Bruner is well aware, at least one more thing.

Will it all add up to 40.5 points, to sixth place? Maybe, he said, maybe less, and, if all goes well, maybe more.

"You have to have a little luck when you go down there, too," he said.

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