Bruins, Eagles excel on oval

By Wayne Crick

Bruins, Eagles excel on oval | Track, CHS, PHS

Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge triple jumper Kenzie Henderson has great height on her final phase of the triple jump and managed to record her best effort of the day with a jump of 34-10. Henderson failed to surpass Ashley Van Vleet's 35-06.75 and finishe

With the exception of Gunnison High School's boys' team, the 16-team field was basically no match for Class 2A Paonia and Cedaredge on the track.

Paonia's girls won their division with 158 points with Cedaredge placing second with 109 points. The boys' division was won by Gunnison (154) with Cedaredge (134.5) second and Paonia (71) third.

Paonia Girls

The Eagles continued their dominance over all comers in track competiton with a solid team victory at last weekend's WSCU-GHS Combined Invitational.

Paonia literally ran away from the competition with 158 points, including seven first-place finishes, four seconds and a trio of thirds.

Individually, the Eagles picked up top points from Sophia Anderson in the 100m, 200m and triple jump. Anderson ran a 13.37 to win the 100m and had a 27.22 for top honors in the 200m. She jumped 35-06.75 in triple jump to win that competition.

Currently, Anderson is ranked fifth in Class 2A qualifiers in the 100m with a time of 13.05 and has a 26.88 for fourth place in the 200m. She is third in triple jump in state standings following last weekend's winning effort.

Marisa Edmondson, who finished third in the 100m and second in the 200m races, is also a state qualifier in both events with times of 12.84 (100m-second) and 26.69 (200m-second).

Ashley Van Vleet moved ahead of sister Brianna in the 400m dash last weekend in Gunnison. The senior scooted around the track to finish just ahead of her junior sister with a time of 1:00.58. The younger Van Vleet's time was 1:01.04. Both are ranked in the top 18 for state qualifiers. Ashley is currently first, replacing Brianna, who moves to second. Even more impressive was the fact that both qualifying times were achieved in some fierce head winds coming down the home stretch. Teammate Randi Rapke finished fifth in the race in Gunnison.

Paonia's other three first place finishes belonged to the 800m sprint medley (1:55.29), 800m relay (1:47.25) and the 1600m relay (4:17.07).

The Eagles are state-qualified in all three relays. They are first in the 800 sprint medley (1:55.8), first in the 800m relay (1:47.21) and second in the 1600m relay (4:15.63).

Added to the list of state qualifying relays is the 400m relay (second-50.73) and the 3200m relay (fourth-10:35.80). Paonia was second in the 400m relay (52.95) at Gunnison.

Other top five finishes for Paonia included third- place finishes for Alex Eaton in 300m hurdles (52.74) and Brianna Van Vleet in long jump (16-08.5). Van Vleet is ranked second for qualifiers in long jump (17-11.5) and Eaton is a member of the second-ranked 400m relay team.

Brooke Hillman and Poppy Lightfoot finished second and fifth in the 800m run, with Hillman's time sending her from 14th to sixth in state standings in the 800m.

McKenna Palmer was fourth in triple jump in Gunnison and holds at number eight in state rankings with a jump of 32-7.5. Her 34-0.75 in Gunnison did not count toward state standings because of strong winds.

Fifth-place points went to Shira Woods (200m), Emily Pieper (long jump) and Chey Christian (shot put).

All three athletes are state qualified. Pieper is fourth in long jump (16-6.25) and both Woods and Pieper are members of the second-ranked 400m relay team. Christian is a state contender with her 17th place in shot put (32-6.5).

The Eagles' Chelsea Meilner is currently eighth in 2A standings for the 1600m run (5:45.82) and ninth in 3200m rankings with a 12:46.10 earned at the Glenwood Springs Invitational on April 16.

Paonia Boys

Paonia's Eagles scored 71 points in Gunnison with Jeramiah Hillman contributing 10 points with a win (11.75) in the 100m dash. Cameron Van Vleet placed second with his time of 11.98. Both athletes are qualified for state with Hillman's 11.62 at number nine and Van Vleet's 11.71 good for 13th place.

Hillman and Van Vleet placed second (23.47) and fourth in the 200m dash respectively and are qualified for state, with Hillman's 23.47 good for seventh and Van Vleet showing a 23.97 and a 14th-place on the list.

Other second places were earned by Van Vleet in triple jump (39-07.75) and Warren Minerich in shot put (42-09). Blake Benson was fourth and Minerich seventh in discus for the Eagles.

Taylor Walters was third (18-09.5) in long jump at Gunnison and is qualified seventh for that event at state with a jump of 20-2.5.

Caden Meilner was fifth in the 1600 with his time of 5:06.66 but has a 4:53.17 and is qualified at number 16 as the season winds down.

Triston Mautz has a fifth-place finish in long jump and finished sixth in high jump at the Gunnison meet.

Cedaredge Boys

The Bruins won all four relay events last Saturday. The 400m relay team won with a time of 46.05 followed by a win in the 800m (1:34.48), 1600m (3:40.78) and the 3200 (8:56.59). Again, all four are qualified for state. The 400m relay is third (45.16), 800m is fourth (1:34.48), 1600m is third (3:37.77) and the 3200m is sixth (8:51.10).

Bryce Klaseen showed his speed and stamina with wins in the 200m (23.26) and 400m (51.36) dashes. Klaseen also runs on relay teams and is qualified for state in those as well. He is also qualified in the 100m (fifth-11.52), 200m (third-23.10) and 400m (third-51.19).

Brendon Klaseen is a relay team member and is qualified for the 800m run with a 2:04.38 and a sixth-place seed.

Ty Grant has been busy with relays and places high in both the 100 and 200m dashes. Grant was third in both the 100m (12.07) and 200m (23.83). Grant is 10th in state standings in both the 100m (11.62) and 200m (23.65).

Isaac Swoffer missed last week's track meet as he was competing in a Combine out of state. Swoffer was already pre-qualified for state competition in relays and the 100m (fourth-11.52) and 200m (fifth-23.39).

Athletes who are qualified but not yet mentioned include Drew Markley, who finished third in the 300 hurdles in Gunnison with a time of 44.24. That same time helped Markley stay qualified for state at number 13.

Patrick Walker uncorked a throw of 125-4 in discus at Coal Ridge last weekend and found himself in the number 14 spot in Class 2A state rankings.

High jumper JP Morgan and Xander Purcell have made the list of qualifiers with fifth-place spots in high jump and shot put respectively. Morgan's qualifying throw was 5-09 at the Cedaredge Invitational and he takes the number 15 spot in rankings. Purcell heaved the shot 41-0 at Battle Mountains' Huskey Invitational and occupies the 15th spot in the rankings.

All Delta County schools are scheduled to participate in the Montrose Invitational this Friday beginning at 10 a.m.