Delta track teams eager for state

By Wayne Crick


With some divisions showing some late movement in top 18 contestants for this year's state track meet in Lakewood, the actual list of participants may change as the week progresses.

Delta women's track team has battle all season long with some pleasant results.

Last week's team was split with a portion participating in the Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction and the rest heading to Cedaredge for the Bruin Invitational.

Most of the top runners were in Cedaredge over the weekend.

Delta's best showing at the Tiger meet was an eighth place finish by the sprint medley relay team.

One highlight for the boys meet was Friday afternoon's 4x800 relay team's season-best 8:19.97 which leaves the team three seconds shy of the school record. Every member, except Jacob Wear, hit a personal best mark. Wear's teammates included Mark Rogers, Tre Johnson and Logan Freed.

AB Ontiveros covered 100 meters in 11.53 to place third and Wear was second in the 400m dash (51.78).

Beau Byers' 15.85 in the 110 high hurdles preliminaries helped him stay in the top 18 performers in the state in Class 3A. He was fourth in the race in Grand Junction with a time of 16.34.

Delta's other three relay teams fared well at the Tiger Invitational. The 400m relay was fourth (44.66), the 800m relay second (1:33.10) and the 1600m relay placed fourth (3:31.42).

In Cedaredge the Panther boys finished fifth with 43 points and the girls were third with 106 points.

Lily Lockhart won both the shot put and discus events and set a new Bruin Invitational standard with her throw of 41-6. Delta's Bryanna Music (2011) and Paonia's Morgan Hartigan (2013) shared the old record of 39-07.75.

Reagan Clay had a state qualifying day with her personal best throw of 34-4.5 to finish third in shot put for the Panthers.

Lockhart's throw of 129-8 claimed the title in discus and capped a season where she won both shot put and discus events every time out.

Emily Nortnik had her best high jump effort of the season on a leap of 4-11.5 to win the event and qualify for the Class 3A state meet. Sara Geddes was sixth with a jump of 4-5.

In the 100m dash, newcomer Missa Webb placed third (13.53) and Katalina Rodriguez was seventh.

Beki Atchley had a good day in Cedaredge with a second place in the 200m (27.74) and running a leg of the second place sprint medley relay team with Emily Baier, Kaley St. Peter and Webb.

Other second place finishes went to Anha Richards in the 1600m run (6:29.95), St. Peter in the 300 hurdles (50.77) and Baier in triple jump (34-5).

St. Peter finished third in the long jump (16-3.5) and was fourth (17.52) in the 100 hurdles with Remi Baldwin finishing fifth (17.94) Madison Gieck was eighth in long jump.

For the boys in Cedaredge, John Ames and the sprint medley relay team shared top honors with second place finishes. Ames had a time of 11:05.93 in the 3200m run while Evan Baier, Dustin Bravo, Jesse Phillips and Lionel Pizano ran a 1:51.91 in the sprint medley.

Shad Lewis placed fourth in the 3200m run (11:54.60). Delta's 400m relay team was fifth as was the 3200m relay team, which included Ames, Lewis, Andrew Toole and Syni Lujan.

Cameron Schaal achieved a goal of going to state after throwing the discus 138-3. His distance was good for fifth place in Cedaredge and gets him to Lakewood with a 14th-place ranking in Class 3A.

Luka Htoo was sixth in the 100m dash and Neil Thomas was sixth in the 3200m run.

Preston Hodgin was seventh in the 200m and Kula Moo eighth in triple jump.