The annual all-division league meets for 1A/2A WSL, 3A WSL, 4A WSL and 5A track teams took place at Stocker Stadium on Friday and Saturday of last week. Both boys' and girls' teams participated in the two-day event.
Cedaredge High School won the boys' 1A/2A title with 186 points. Paonia finished second with 96 points, Rangely was third (63 points), Hotchkiss fourth (60 points) and Meeker (55 points) completed the top five team-list.
On the girls' side, Paonia cruised to the team title with 225 points followed by Cedaredge and its 143 points. Soroco finished third with 99 points, Hotchkiss had 63 points for fourth place and West Grand had 51 points to place fifth.
Cedaredge and Paonia combined for 11 of the track meet's 18 first-place finishes in the boys' division. The three Delta County teams, mentioned above, combined for 24 places in second through fourth finishes.
The same three schools combined for 15 of the 18 first-place awards in the girls' division and added another 15 second-place finishes and 12 third-place points.
In all, it was a very good day for Class 2A schools in Delta County.
Delta, a 4A WSL team, scored 81 points to place fifth in girls' competition and the boys had 50 points for a seventh-place finish.
2A Delta County Girls
An awesome score of 225 points was the work of many fine-tuned athletes wearing Paonia red and black. In their 11 first-place finishes, the Eagles had eight individual champions.
Athletes leading the way with double wins for the Eagles were Marisa Edmondson (100 and 200 meters) and Ashley Van Vleet (400m and high jump).
Edmondson raced to a 13.10 time in the 100 meters and ran a 26.58 to win the 200 meters. Cedaredge's Amber Jenkins added six points to the Bruins' score with a third-place finish.
Joining Edmondson in the top five places in the 200 meters were Cedaredge's Kendall McHugh (second, 26.93) and Shayna Dale (third, 28.35).
Ashley Van Vleet, who entered last week's competition as the top 400 meters runner in 2A, was edged by Wiggins' Faythe Harris and her 1:00.30. Van Vleet's time of 1:00.58 may not be the mark 400 meter runners should look at though. Van Vleet traversed the oval last weekend with a time of 59.65 and could become the top mark in the near future.
Brianna Van Vleet also bettered her time from 1:00.74 to 1:00.44, keeping her easily in the top three places for the 400 meters.
Randi Rapke was Paonia's third runner to score points in the 400 meters with her time of 1:04.2. Hotchkiss' Sophia Schelle broke up a sweep of the top four places with her third-place finish in 1:03.62.
Ashley Van Vleet had a big day with a win in high jump. Her previous mark of 5-3 was shared with two other athletes and was ranked number one. Her 5-4 will become a new challenge for hopeful state qualifiers.
Cedaredge's Kenzie Henderson, second place, and Hotchkiss' Margaret Parsons, seventh place, tried to keep pace with Van Vleet's effort but had to settle for jumps of 5-01 and 4-06, respectively.
Paonia's remaining four first-place winners included Brianna Van Vleet's 18-03.75 in long jump, putting her atop Class 2A state rankings for the event. Van Vleet trailed in the long jump at last week's competition but uncorked her winning leap in the final round. Cedaredge's Kenzie Henderson placed second with a jump of 18-02.75. Emily Pieper (third, 17-0) and Kassidy Rapke (sixth, 15-01.25) gave the Eagles three places in long jump. Joining Henderson were Bruin teammates Dale (fourth, 16-10.5) and McHugh (fifth, 15-10.25).
The Eagles had three more top eight placers in triple jump with Sophia Anderson earning first place with a jump of 36-0.5 with a chance of becoming the state's top mark for triple jump if wind was not a factor. McKenna Palmer was third (33-10) and Mc-Kenna Hartigan eighth for the Eagles. Cedaredge's Henderson, once again, made her presence felt with a strong second-place finish after jumping 35-0.75.
Paonia's Emily Clawson led a trio of Eagles in shot put with a first-place finish (36-08.5). Third place belonged to Taylor Carsten (35-06.5), and Chey Christian was seventh (31-08.25). Cedaredge had a pair of placers with Katie Hyke finishing second (35-10) and Grace Andrews eighth (31-07.5).
Paonia's final first-place finish belonged to Carsten in discus competition. Carsten's winning throw was 122-11, with Christian placing third.
Cedaredge had Hyke finishing second (101-5) and teammates Grace Andrews (fifth) and Holly Jenkins with an eighth-place finish.
Paonia's first-place relay teams included the 800 meter relay team (1:46.45), the 800 meter sprint medley relay team (1:55.69) and the 3200 meter relay team (10:38.13).
Hotchkiss' individual wins came in the 800m and 3200m runs. Katy Parsons outdistanced Paonia's Brooke Hillman for the win in the 800. Parsons ran a 2:22.19 and Hillman a 2:26.35. Delta County schools had all but two places in the race. Cedaredge had the fourth (Camie Baldozier) and fifth (Hannah Hatheway) places while the Eagles' Randi Rapke and Poppy Lightfoot were sixth and seventh respectively.
Mae Anderson claimed a win in the 3200 with a time of 12:50.15 and Chelsea Meilner, of Paonia, came in second at 13:00.84. Nora Dransfield gave Paonia a fourth-place finish and Kenna Signs of Cedaredge finished fifth. Anderson and Meilner finished second and third, respectively, in the 1600 meter race.
The Bulldog's 1600 meters relay team also placed first with a winning time of 4:12.67. Paonia finished second and Cedaredge third.
Delta's Panthers, on the strength of performances from Lily Lockhart, Emily Baier and Emily Nortnik, managed to score 81 points for fifth place.
Lockhart's 40-9.5 shot put toss raised her previous first-place toss of 40-5.5 by four inches, helping solidify her hold on the top spot in 4A rankings.
A throw of 122-7 in discus was good enough to win last week but did nothing to overtake Logan Prater's (Widefield) throw of 147-9. Lochkart is second with her throw of 139-8.
Baier was second in last week's league meet in triple jump with an effort of 34-7.5. She remains seventh in state standings with her jump of 35-8.5 at the Phil Wertman Invitational on April 22. A second-place jump of 16-0.75 in long jump has Baier listed 26th currently.
Emily Nortnik needed one inch to make the top 18 list in 4A high jump. A jump of 5-1, and a second place, at last week's league meet gave her the inch needed to reach her goal. She is 17th after last week's jump.
The Panthers had several other top-eight performances that included a fifth-place finish for Mykayla Music in the 200 meters and a seventh-place for Reagan Clay in shot put.
Delta took a second in the 400 meter relay, a fourth in the 800 meter relay and third in the 3200 meter relay.
Delta County Boys
Cedaredge's boys' track team also had a high-scoring day at the track. The Bruins collected nine first-place finishes on their way to 186 points.
Double-winners for Cedaredge included Bryce Klaseen and Shane Gates. Klaseen won the 200 and 400 meter races with times of 22.96 and 50.56.
Paonia's Jeramiah Hillman was second in the 200 (23.14) with the Bruins' Ty Grant third (23.15) and the Eagles' Cameron Van Vleet fourth (23.84).
In the 400m race, Brendon Klaseen was third (53.15), Hotchkiss' Wade Katzdorn fourth (53.46) and the Bruins' Jordan McMillan was eighth.
Gates was back to winning his favorite races, the hurdles, with victories in the 110 high hurdles (15.61) and 300 hurdles (41.09).
Other county schools in the top five in the 110s included Paonia's Austin Katzer (second, 17.15) and the Bruins' JP Morgan (third, 17.94) and Danny Mendoza (fourth, 18.07).
Joining Gates in the 300 hurdles were Hotchkiss' Colton Peebles (second, 43.73), Danny Mendoza (Cedaredge, third), Drew Markley (Cedaredge, fifth) and Hotchkiss' Elijah Patrick, sixth.
Patrick Walker was the winner in discus competition with his throw of 136-0. Bruins' teammate Xander Purcell was sixth. Paonia's Warren Minerich placed fourth and Blake Benson was fifth. Hotchkiss' Cameron Matus finished eighth.
The Bruins collected first-place finishes in all relay races. Cedaredge had a time of 45.11 in the 400m relay, a time of 1:32.17 for the 800m relay, 3:35.22 in the 1600m relay and a time of 9:11 for the 3200m relay. Paonia was second in the 800m relay while Hotchkiss placed seventh in the 400, third in the 1600 and second in the 3200m relays.
Paonia had two individual wins last week. Hillman won the 100m dash in a time of 11.54 and Van Vleet earned first place in triple jump with a leap of 42-0.
Joining Hillman for top-eight honors in the 100m was Cedaredge's Isaac Swoffer at second place, 11.55, Ty Grant at third, 11.67 and Bryce Klaseen at fourth, 11.69. Paonia's Van Vleet was sixth at 12.07 and Taylor Walters seventh with his time of 12.14.
Van Vleet's company in the top eight for triple jump included teammate Katzer in second place (41-1.25). The Bruins garnered three places beginning with Gus Sandels in fifth, Mendoza at sixth and Zak Morgan in eighth.
The Bruins were second in long jump on a Swoffer jump of 20-0.5.
Hotchkiss' Alan Hinojosa was third in the 3200, with Paonia's Caden Meilner placing fourth. The Bulldogs' Eli Patrick placed third in high jump, with Cedaredge's JP Morgan fourth and Paonia's Tristan Mautz finishing seventh.
Paonia's Warren Minerich was the highest placing Delta County athlete in shot put with his 42-7.25 taking second place. Cedaredge's Purcell was third and Cameron Matus of Hotchkiss fourth.
Delta's Panthers boys used Kory Mills' first-place throw (133-8) in discus to help them amass 50 points and a seventh-place finish last weekend. Teammate Elijah Valdez placed second with his throw of 125-9.
Mills was second in shot put with a throw of 45-0 and Valdez sixth with his toss of 39-5.75.
Jacob Wear placed third in the 800, cruising the oval two times in 2:00.29.
John Ames finished seventh in the 3200 and was 14th in the 1600m run.
All four Delta County schools are expected to have track teams participate in the last qualifying meet of the year this weekend in Cedaredge. Competition includes both boys' and girls' events. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.