Rams rewrite record books

Five school records fall; Soroco leaves mark in Junction

Go ahead and take a red pen to the Soroco track and field record books because somewhere between Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon the Rams broke five school records by turning the Stocker Stadium surface into their own personal speedway.

The quartet of Melissa Roy, Nichole Wilson, Karli Babcock and Kyla Schmidt accounted for four of the broken records after deciding Saturday that they were tired of running unacceptable times by their standards.

The four turned in a time of 1 minute, 56.02 seconds in the 800-meter medley to place second, qualifying for state by finishing in the top three and by time.

The Class 2A pre-qualifying standard this season is 1:56.82. The quartet followed that up with a 1:49.28 in the 800-meter relay to win easily and position themselves as one of the state's top teams in the event. The pre-qualifying time in the 800-meter relay is a 1:52.05. For good measure, they ran a 52.28 in the 400-meter relay to win that event, as well. But they previously had qualified in the event. "Every single one of us ran our best," Babcock said. Between those final relays, Schmidt went over to the long jump pit, landed two state-qualifying jumps and broke the school record with a third-place leap of 16 feet, 1 inch.

The previous record was 15-11.

"I was mad," Schmidt said. "They were going to scratch me because I was running relays."

Roy also will represent Soroco in an individual event after she placed third in the 100 meters in 13.44.

Babcock was fifth in the 200 in 28.71, while Wilson was seventh in 29.09. At this point, the clock is the only thing Soroco's 3,200-meter boys' relay team is running against. With Trevor Ellis and Carl Remick consistently dropping times, and Kory Babcock and Andy deGanahl positioned to possibly finish first and second in the 400 next weekend, everyone else is racing for second -- a distant second.

A fact made clearer by the 3:29.79 the four turned in Saturday. The time also was a school record, breaking the 3:30 and change set at state last season.

"I'm amazed we are coming off this meet with these times," Soroco coach Gary Heide said. "Quite frankly at state we want to be in the top six in some relays, have some in the top three and some be state champs." Speaking of state champions, deGanahl appeared to be in state finals form after winning the 200 and 400 on Saturday. The defending state champion in both events looked strong in winning the 200 and had to be strong to win the 400.

In one of the top races of the day, regardless of class, deGanahl held on to win the 400 in 49.62, but the fight for second and third went down to a decision Babcock made in the final 20 meters while chasing Telluride's Dillon Bosch.

"I wanted to prove that we could stick by what we said," Babcock said. "We can go 1-2 at state."

Bosch is one of the primary threats to that goal, and Babcock made a statement by beating him, Heide said.

"I know Kory wanted to beat Bosch," he said. "He raced to beat him." Instead of going out hard with deGanahl, Babcock went out solid and waited for Bosch to make his trademark move late. When Bosch went, Babcock went with him and beat him to the finish line. Bosch finished in 50.17. Babcock took second in 50.13, while deGanahl won in 49.62. He ran a 49.29 in preliminaries Friday and left other athletes on the infield laughing in disbelief.

Ellis also qualified for the 400 finals and came in eighth with a 54.68. The Rams' 800-meter relay team of Ellis, Babcock, Tony Iacovetto and deGanahl won easily after posting a 1:32.79.

Also placing for Soroco was the 3,200-meter relay team of Jenny Block, Leah Allie Glawe, Leah Hendrickson and Toni Lombardi in 4:44.99. Matt Cartas cleared 5-6 to place sixth in the high jump. Kory Babcock jumped 40-4 1/2 to take fourth in the triple jump.

Nick Rangel placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 40-5. Remick was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.61. The 400-meter relay team of Ellis, Rangel, Cartas and Iacovetto was seventh in 46.52. On Friday, Kieran Corrigan also qualified for state after running a 4:48.73 in the 1,600, which was his personal best by nearly 20 seconds. The Class 2A/3A state track meet opens Friday at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

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

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