Firor golden at state meet

By Tamie Meck

Firor golden at state meet  | track and field, HHS

Photo by Tamie Meck Kaiya Firor wins the 300m hurdles at the 2A State Track and Field Meet in Denver last weekend. Firor also won the 400m dash and ran on two relay teams that placed in the top five to have a hand in all 35 points scored by the Bulldogs.

The Hotchkiss girls finished seventh overall at the CHSAA 2A state track meet. Of their 35 total points, Kaiya Firor has her name on all of them. Firor scored 20 points on her own, handily winning the 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash.

Firor was ranked third in the 300m hurdles and took almost 2 seconds off of her time to win the race in 45.24 seconds. Coaches have been working with her on technique and keeping her arms in close to her body, said Firor after the win. "I had the speed, but I just couldn't get over the hurdles fast enough."

Firor won the 400m dash in a time of 57.28 seconds. The Class 2A meet record of 56.34 seconds was set in 2013 by Hotchkiss alumna Jennifer Celis.

Firor didn't run track her freshman year, opting to play soccer at Delta High School after finding a lot of success in middle school track and field. In the 100m hurdles she won all but one of five Delta County middle school meets. She also won the 200m dash in eighth grade and was the 400m champion in both seventh and eighth grades.

Firor, who won the county high jump in seventh grade, was also safely qualified for state in the event after clearing 5-0 to win the Hotchkiss Invitational in March. Because athletes are limited to four events in any one meet, she ran the two relays.

With teammates Yasmine Gaub, Fatima Rodriguez and Shay Glaser, Firor anchored the 4x100m relay to a second-place time of 50.90 seconds. With the same teammates Firor anchored the 800-meter sprint medley -- a relay that includes two, 100-meter legs, a 200m leg, and a 400m leg -- to a third-place finish.

Gaub, Glaser, Rodriguez and Elsie Vasquez qualified for state in the 4x200m relay; and Margaret Parsons, Vasquez, Glaser and Tamayo ran at state in the 4x400m relay. Morgan Miller, Parsons, Gaub and Tamayo also ran in the 4x800 relay.