Roaring Fork sends four to state meet
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Last weekend at the Class 3A regionals, Tyler Thompson broke the Roaring Fork High School record with a monstrous 21 foot, 1.75 inch long jump. The mark not only won him the regional title, but is also the longest leap in 3A in the state this season.
With the longest jump under his name, Thompson is now the No. 1 seed listed in the heat sheets for the 3A State Track and Field Meet Friday and Saturday in Pueblo.
Thompson will also be competing in the high jump and triple jump at state. The junior set another Ram record at regionals with his 44-10-3/4 bound, one that gave him his second regional title and the top seed in the event.
“He has bested our school records at every meet this season,” Roaring Fork coach Hadley Hentschel said of Thompson, who took fourth in the triple jump at least year’s state track meet.
While Thompson will be aiming to set his new school records even higher, his chances of medaling are very good if he can match the marks he hit at regionals.
Thompson will have some company at the state meet from three Rams teammates, all juniors, who will also be making the trip to Pueblo’s Dutch Clark Stadium after earning qualifying spots. Jon Araujo will make a return trip to state in the shot put and discus, Nate Soucie in the 400 meters, and Bryan Salinas in the 300 hurdles.
“It’s (Salinas’) first year doing track, and he didn’t really know what he wanted to do.
So we had him run a few hurdles and saw his talent,” Hentschel said. “By the second or third meet we saw that he had State potential.”
Soucie, meanwhile, ran well to start the season but had a setback suffering an injury to his quad early on.
“His first real pressure was the week before regionals,” Hentschel said. “We weren’t sure if he would be able to make it, but he had a good race Saturday.
“As long as they relax, and for Tyler and Jon, just rely on past experience, I think they have a great chance of placing high and perhaps even winning in their events,” Hentschel said of the foursome’s prospects at state this weekend.
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