Delta High Schools track teams competed against some 5A to 3A schools at last week's Phil Wertman track meet at Stocker Stadium. The boys team finished sixth in a tough 12-team field. Delta's girls had a good day as well against the big schools and scored 57 points for a seventh-place finish.
One highlight of the meet was Delta's 4x800 relay team and a stirring finish to an exciting race. The Panthers trailed most of the race with team members establishing a strong second place presence behind Moffat County.
Tre Johnson kept the Panthers close with his first leg of the race and Logan Freed picked up some distance in the second leg. Freed handed the baton to Mark Rogers who gained a bit more distance before handing the baton to anchor Jacob Wear. All Wear did was close the gap between himself and the Moffat County runner (a distance of 50-plus meters) and pass him in the middle of the grandstand down the homestretch. Delta's time was 8:34.22 while the Bulldogs finished in 8:35.36.
Wear ran the open 800m race later in the day and broke Delta High School's record with a time of 1:59.29 and placed third.
Beau Byers had a second place finish in 110m high hurdles (16.03) and finished second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.91.
AB Ontiveros added a third place finish to the day's totals in the 200m dash with his time of 23.91. David Mora added sixth-place points to Delta's score in the 200m.
The Panthers' 400m relay team finished fourth (45.42) and Byers had a fifth place jump in triple jump.
Delta's 1600m relay team competed in a strong field and finished in sixth place.
Byers' times in the hurdle events were good enough to place him eighth in the 300 hurdles and ninth in the 110s in 3A state rankings. Byers is 17th in triple jump standings.
Wear is third, after Friday's run, in the 800m run in state standings and ranks 11th in the 400m dash with a time of 51.54.
Delta's outstanding 3200m relay team is ranked 10th at the state level and the 800m relay is listed 12th. The Panthers' 400m relay team has been improving and is now ranked 15th. The 1600m relay team is 22nd.
Lily Lockhart's first place finishes in shot put and discus helped the Panthers reach 57 points and seventh place. Lockhart was disappointed with her efforts in both events but knows the real test is waiting farther down the road. She threw the shot 37-9 and sailed the discus 128-7 to win her speciality events.
Lockhart is ranked first in the shot with a season best 43-2.25. Eaton's Taryn Sieg is second with a mark of 43-2.
Sieg is ranked first in discus (142-6) with Lockhart (132-9) second by a margin of about 10 feet separating the two athlete's measured distances.
Emily Baier's presence continues to add points to Delta's team score with places in long jump and triple jump competitions. Baier placed second in triple jump (34-7.75) and sixth (14-8.25) in long jump.
Kaley St. Peter adds strength to Delta's jumpers and her 15-3.75 in long jump was good for third place last Friday. Maddison Gieck's 14-10.25 effort added fifth place points for the Panthers in long jump.
Delta's 3200m relay team placed third with its time of 11:39.52 and the 800m sprint medley relay team was fifth. The 1600m relay team was sixth and Remi Baldwin was seventh in 300m hurdles competition.
Several competitors missed placing in last week's Phil Wertman meet.
Points were earned by finishing first through seventh.
Just outside the placing numbers were Sara Geddes (HJ), Katalina Rodriguez (400m dash), and 10th places from Hana Hollenbeck (800m) and Anha Richards (1600m).
The Panthers are in Montrose this Saturday.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.