Delta County schools turned in competitive efforts at last week's Montrose Invitational. Several athletes either matched, or bettered, previous personal records.
Delta County Girls
There were 21 teams at the meet and the Delta County girls turned in nine first-place finishes out of 14 events offered.
Two individual athletes had a pair of firsts. Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet lowered her time in the 300-meter hurdles to move from third to second place in Class 2A 300-meter hurdles standings. Van Vleet ran a 47.42 for the 300 hurdles, erasing her previous best of 48.87. Van Vleet matched her state-best effort of 5-3 to win the high jump competition as well.
Delta's Lily Lockhart continued her winning ways by placing first in both the shot put and discus events. Lockhart tossed the shot 38-6.5 and spun the discus 135-1 for wins.
Brianna Van Vleet won the long jump with a leap of 17-7, while teammate McKenna Palmer broke into the top five qualifying standings for triple jump with a winning distance of 34-9.5, which qualified her second in Class 2A rankings.
Hotchkiss' Katy Parsons battled weather and competition to win the 800-meter run with a time of 2:24.13. Her time moved her from fourth place to third in top 18 standings in Class 2A 800-meter competitors.
Paonia's Marisa Edmondson placed second in both 100 and 200-meter dashes. Her time, 26.53, in Montrose moved her from second to first place in the 2A state rankings in the 200-meter dash.
Other movers for the Eagles included Emily Pieper who moved from fourth to third in state long jump standards with a leap of 16-11.5 at Montrose. Kassidy Rapke moved into long jump standings with a jump of 15-0.5, which places her at the final qualifying position at number 18.
Paonia's 800-meter sprint medley relay team was a winner on Friday with its time of 1:54.44, and moved from second to first place in state standings.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs' 4x200 meter relay team established a 15th place qualifying time of 1:55.53 at last week's track meet in Montrose.
A time of 4:15.32 in the 4x400 meter relay lifted the Buldogs from fifth to second place in 2A state standings for the 1600-meter relay.
Hotchkiss' 3200-meter relay team also moved up, from third to second, with a second place finish and a time of 10:14.12.
Cedaredge had a few changes, with Kenzie Henderson running from eighth to fourth in the 200-meter standings after placing fifth in Montrose with her time of 26.68.
Kendall McHugh's long jump effort of 15-8.5 was good enough to land her in eighth place for 2A long jumpers.
Delta County Boys
There were five first-place finishes for the boys of Delta County track teams. Paonia had three of the five and Cedaredge was responsible for the other two.
Jeramiah Hillman was a double-winner for the Eagles with wins in the short dashes. Hillman's winning time for the 100 was 11.35 while he clocked a 22.97 to earn top honors for the 200-meter race.
Hillman's time in the 100 meters moved him from ninth to third in this week's 2A 100-meter standings. He climbed from fifth to second in the 200-meter race.
Cameron Van Vleet won last week's triple jump with a leap of 42-6.75 and moved from fifth to second in Class 2A's triple jump standings.
Van Vleet also had a fifth-place finish in the 100 and a sixth in the 200. He is currently 14th in both the 100-meter and 200-meter standings at the state level.
Cedaredge picked up wins from Bryce Klaseen (400m) and the Bruins' 4x400 meter relay team.
Bryce Klaseen turned in a winning time of 50.98 for the 400 meters, and in doing so solidified his third place state standing. He did lower his time from 51.19 to 50.98, making it tougher for runners in the future. Klaseen also kept a stronger hold on his third-place ranking in the 100 by dropping his time from 23.10 to 22.98. Klaseen also had a seventh-place finish in long jump in Montrose.
Cedaredge was third in 4x400 standings (3:37.77) last week, but, with a new 3:31.31 time in Montrose, the Bruins jumped to first place in 2A rankings.
Brendon Klaseen's 400-meter time of 52.52 on Friday seated him in 11th place in state 2A rankings for the race.
Shane Gates' places in the 110 high hurdles, second-15.81, and 300 hurdles, first-40.67, were safe after all results from last weekend's meets were compared for updates. Gates was second in both races in Montrose. Drew Markley ran a 43.70 in 300 hurdles competition in Montrose and is ranked 13th for that race at the 2A state level.
The Bruins' 4x200 relay team was second in Montrose with a time of 1:33, which was lower than last week's time of 1:34.97 and a fourth place rank. This week's time elevated the Bruins to a third-place standing.
Delta's Panthers received a second place from Kory Mills in shot put, 44-9.75 and he was third in discus with his toss of 128-4. The Panthers' 4x800 relay team used its time of 8:42.13 for a second-place finish.
Jacob Wear placed fourth in the 800-meter run, and the 4x100 relay team had the same finish.
John Ames was fourth in the 800 meters and Elijah Valdez placed sixth in shot put for the Panthers.
Delta's 4x200 relay team was seventh.
Delta County Joint School District #50, and its special counsel, Jon Olafson, have responded to the complaint filed by Cidney Fisk, a 2016 Delta High School graduate. Fisk has filed suit in federal court, accusing DHS teachers, guidance counselors, administrators and school district leadership of retaliation after she spoke out against religious activities during school hours on school property.