With just one more meet remaining before league competition, the Hotchkiss boys 1600- and 3200-meter relay teams are still in the top 10 in state Class 3A rankings.
At Saturday's Montrose Invitational, the 1600m team of Dylan Hill, Palmer Keegan, Braeden Horton and Alex Smith placed third, as did the 3200m team of Tell Hawk, Vikash Hypio, Smith and Cody Bartlett.
The 3200m team also knocked five seconds off their best time, which was good news for anchor runner Cody Bartlett. They are ranked in the top 10 in state, and the new time of 8:36.4 will give them a little more security. "Maybe now we can get a break and focus on individual events," said Bartlett, who is oh so close to hitting that list of top 18 fastest times in the 800, and is currently ranked in the top 18 in the 1600.
Bartlett, a junior, returned to Hotchkiss last fall after spending several years at Windsor. Competition is tough at 4A Windsor, which often competes against 5A schools, said Bartlett, a four-sport athlete for Hotchkiss. It was next to impossible to place. But at Hotchkiss, Bartlett is placing at every meet.
"It's a little more my speed," said Bartlett, who shaved more than a quarter of a second off of his time Saturday to place third overall in the 800.
The boys team earned 46.5 points to place seventh out of 13 teams. The 400-meter relay team of Hypio, Dylan Hill, Hawk and Earl Gaub placed sixth. In individual events, Hypio placed eighth in the 100, and Kurt Katzdorn was fourth in the 3200.
Palmer set a new personal triple jump best of 37-10 to place third, and Mason Oxford threw 125-02 for the bronze in the discus.
Kelli Buhrdorf keeps getting faster. The sophomore set a new personal best time of 13.17 seconds to place third out of a field of 43 in the 100-meter dash at Montrose. Teammate Beth Wood placed seventh.
The girls team earned 64 points to place sixth overall.
Natalie Anderson placed first in the 3200 with a season-best time of 11 minutes, 44.5 seconds, with Nikki Buhrdorf placing fourth.
The 400-meter relay team of Jessie Mautz, Savannah Rocha, Kelli Buhrdorf and Arial Duncan placed third; the 800 team of Beth Wood, Mautz, Rocha and Kelli Buhrdorf placed fifth; and the 1600 team of Mautz, Isabel Silverstein, Tiffany Clock and Arial Duncan was sixth. With one meet remaining before league competition, Hotchkiss remains favored to win the 1600 relay at the 3A Western Slope League meet, scheduled for May 10-11 in Grand Junction.
In a very tight race, Hotchkiss runners Nikki Buhrdorf, Anderson, Jenni Celis and Clock edged out Delta High School to win the 3200 relay.
Rocha cleared 4 feet, 10 inches to place third in the high jump. It was an off day, said the junior who remains ranked in the top 10 in the event at 5-1.
Silverstein set new personal best distances to place ninth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump.
Kylie Hodges placed sixth in the shot put and upped her personal best distance by more than 8 feet to place fourth in the discus.blog comments powered by Disqus