The playoff picture: Steamboat and Routt County track tennis teams gear up for state

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Steamboat Springs High School girls’ tennis player Amanda Dietrich aims for the ball during the No. 1 doubles match in a home tournament Saturday, April 9 at the Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Center.
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Last weekend, the Steamboat Springs High School girls’ tennis team competed in 3A’s Region 8 Championships, and while all exceeded expectations, No. 1 doubles players Liesel Wilkinson and Amanda Dietrich were the only Sailors to win a trip to high school activities at the Colorado State Tennis Association Championships.

Wilkinson and Dietrich are in their first year playing together and have quickly developed great chemistry. They are formidable at net, and can find a rhythm and ride it for many sets.

This helped the duo qualify for the regional championship finals. There they faced Gracie Allen and Jesse Allen of Vail Mountain. The Gore Rangers won 6-4, 7-5, but it still sent the Mariners to the state.



“They played really well. They were in it all the time,” coach Bill Conway said. “It was really interesting to watch because neither of them played their best at the same time. One would play great, then the other would step it up. It was up and down that way. If they could have put everything together at the same time, they would have won the region.

Additionally, Sloane Speer took third place, making her an alternate to compete at State in third place singles. Kelsey Norland also just missed out on first place in singles, taking fourth place.



Even with just five of the seven lines filled, the Sailors were only one point behind fourth place out of eight teams.

“The whole team went above and beyond every coach’s expectations in how they did,” Conway said. “Even the teams that didn’t qualify, it was good to see how far they got.”

Dietrich and Wilkinson will square off from state on Thursday, May 12 at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

Steamboat Springs High School female tennis player Liesel Wilkinson was excellent at net in a home tournament Saturday, April 9 at the Steamboat Tennis and Pickleball Center. She and her No. 1 doubles partner Amanda Dietrich were 3-0 this weekend.
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Athletics – Hayden

Meanwhile, Routt County track teams competed at Rifle in the Multi-League Championships, where Hayden High School senior Jillian Bennett won the 400 meters and the regional title with a time of 1:02.49 .

Seeking to triple in the state triple jump, senior Alison Rajzer lost her first competition of the year. She finished second with a distance of 33 feet 10 inches, the same distance as victorious Mary Scoggins of Rangely.

Her teammates Isabella Simones took third place with a 32-5 jump. Additionally, Rajzer finished sixth in the 100 meter final.

Rookie Dakota Munden was fourth in the discus with a throw of 92-foot-6 and Jenna Kleckler and Simones were sixth and seventh in the long jump.

Hayden’s Brayden Dale sprints the 100 meters at the Clint Wells Invitational at Craig in 2021.
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Brayden Dale led the Tiger boys with a second-place finish in the 100 meters clocking 11.79 seconds. He also finished fourth in the 200 meters.

“It was windy, windy, windy – tough conditions. Track times were impacted a bit by that,” said trainer Joe Knez. “But overall it was a great meeting for us.”

Junior Jake Lindley, who is new to the track team this year, also had two top-10 finishes, finishing fifth in the discus final with a 105-foot lift. His teammate Wesley Gioia finished sixth. Lindley finished eighth in the shot put.

“He’s a great athlete. He’s strong and he’s very coachable,” Knez said. “We had new throwing coaches this year, real throwing coaches, and that really helped our throwing program. Jake, he’s big, fast and strong, so he got into it right away.

Senior Kale Johnson was seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:14.66, and Logan Silva was sixth in the 3,200m.

Hayden’s daughters finished second in the 4x200m relay and the 800m sprint medley. Both relay teams will compete at the state, as will Bennett in the 200 and 400m. Rajzer and Simones will also participate in the triple jump.

“I feel like we’re where we need to be heading to the state next week with these stints,” Knez said.

Soroco

The Soroco High School women’s team finished third in the 2A standings thanks to strong performances from relays and powerhouses Marissa Martindale and Kayedence Bruner.

The Rams combination of Eden Mayer, Isabel Medina, Hailey Minnick and Larhae Whaley took second place in the 4×800.

Bruner won the high jump and broke a school record she set the previous weekend with a height of 5 feet 2 inches. She also finished third in the 100 meter hurdles.

Soroco senior Kayedence Bruner competes in the 100-meter hurdles during a track and field meet at Steamboat Springs High School on Saturday, April 30.
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Martindale was third in the 400m and second in the long jump, while teammate Irene Hoff was third in the long jump.

Minnick had a career day, finishing sixth in the 400 and second in the 800.

“Hailey was kind of a surprise,” coach David Bruner said. “I knew she could run a decent 800. She had foot issues, so she hasn’t been able to run on the track for a few years.”

Whaley finished second in the pole vault and qualified for the state in the event. Senior Sophia Benjamin also qualified for the state in the pole vault, as well as the triple jump.

Mayer was sixth in the 1600m and third in the 3200m, while Trinity Delto was sixth. Mayer also finished seventh in the shot put finals.

Every Soroco women’s relay has qualified for the state. Martindale and Kayedence are among many, so the coach and athletes will have to do some careful thinking before the state. Likely, Kayedence and Martindale will compete in two individual events each, while assisting in two relays.

“We always try to do what’s best for our kids, in terms of relays and what works for them individually with the best chance of medals in the state,” David said.

Alan Mayer had the best result among the Rams men at regionals, finishing sixth in the pole vault.

Steamboat springs

Steamboat was led by Kelsey Hamilton and Connor Prost, who took individual victories in the girls’ 200m and boys’ 400m.

Additionally, the boys’ 4×400 relay captured the conference title, helping the Sailor boys earn second place in the 4A team standings. The girls’ medley sprint of Margaux Shea, Evan Quinn, Kelsey Hamilton and Elise Colby was the fastest of any 4A team.

Colby was second in the 100m hurdles, while Autumn Oslowski was sixth in the 1600m and 3200m. Aspen Bennett-Manke was fifth in the pole vault and Tayla Kemry was eighth in the discus. Additionally, Märta Joseffson finished eighth in the 100 meters.

Steamboat Springs runner Nik Keyek runs the 300-meter hurdles during a track and field meet at Steamboat Springs High School on Saturday, April 30.
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In addition to winning the 400m, Prost finished third in the 100m and 200m races. Nik Keyek was second in the 110 and 300 meters hurdles, while Bowden Tumminello was second in the 800.

Casey Wolf was third in the 400m and teammate Olin Webster was fifth.

Brandon Kolb was a force in the jumps, finishing third in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump, while teammate Tommy Hagney was third in the high jump. Layton Morrison dominated the throwing events, finishing third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Michael Lake was fourth in the pole vault while teammate Jace Rabesa was sixth.

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