Delta High School track coach Matt Kevan remains highly excited about this past track season. His Panthers did not win a track title but showed steady growth throughout the season.
According to Kevan, "I would say the biggest highlight of the season would be the growth of the team. We have become more competitive and we are experiencing success. As a result, we are seeing more team pride and athletes are responding by putting in the extra work at practices. Obviously, qualifying 21 athletes to state is something to be proud of."
Delta's only new school record was achieved by junior Jacob Wear in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.93.
A disappointment for the Panthers at this year's state track meet was addressed by Kevan. "As far as the state meet goes, it was disappointing. The biggest challenge for us was to keep the athletes focused and ready to compete after the two-day postponement. We came to the state meet on Saturday morning with all 21 of our athletes. On Sunday morning we arrived with only five athletes. We had to scratch the boys 4x100, 4x400, 110m hurdles, girls 100m, discus and triple jump. Although it was a difficult decision, all of our seniors felt graduation was important to them. We supported them."
There were some highlights for the Panther girls. "The highlight of state meet was the girls medley (Missa Webb, Emily Baier, Kaley St. Peter and Beki Atchley) and 4x200 (Remi Baldwin, Emily Baier, Kaley St. Peter and Beki Atchley) were able to place ninth in both events.
"Beau Byers placed ninth in the 300m hurdles. Wear took eighth in the 800m and Lily Lockhart got second in the shot put. Most importantly, many of our young athletes got to experience the state meet and will be motivated for next year," quoted Kevan.
Improvements were seen in athletes from the beginning to the end of the season. "So many of our athletes improved this year. Many of our young JV athletes also showed great growth and improvements. We look forward to watching them next year," said Kevan.
As for next year, "We are excited what next year will bring for our track team. Our most competitive athletes on the team are all still young and will only get better next year. The excitement of the success we had this year is already carrying over to next season with anticipation from athletes and coaches," says Kevan.
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.