Lady Bruin Kristen Alward, far left, clears a hurdle during her 300m hurdles race last Saturday in the Cedaredge Invitational. Alward finished sixth in the race.
Cedaredge's Lady Bruins were in the fast lanes on Saturday (March 31) as they accounted for five of the 10 new meet standards that were set at Cedaredge's Invitational.
Sierra Williams posted new marks in both the 100m (12.54) and 200m (25.19) races and was instrumental in records being set in the 400m and 800m relays.
Cedaredge, despite having a super day, could not catch Telluride in the team chase and finished second with 90 points. Telluride had 102.5 to win the team title.
Williams held the previous 100m record she set in 2011 at 12.55 and eclipsed Alicia Gieck's (Delta High School) old mark of 26.07 set in 2009.
Williams was a member of the 400m relay team that clocked a 50.58 to beat the Lady Bruins' old mark of 51.58 that was established in 2011. Other key members of the winning team included Tani Zamarripa, Savannah McIntire and Summer Herman.
In the 800m relay, McIntire, Rebecca Deal, Mackenzie Kehmeier and Williams combined efforts to record a time of 1:45.87 establishing a new meet record. The old mark of 1:49.71 was set by Gunnison High School in 2009.
The Lady Bruins' fifth record of the day came in long jump competition on a leap of 17-0.75 by Deal. The old record was held by Brenda Suarez of Olathe who had jumped 16-3 back in 2011.
Deal had her foot in other events and performed well. She was second in the triple jump with a record-breaking effort of 34-11.25, but the top place went to Michelle Carbajal (Eagle Valley) who sailed 36-4 to put her name in the books. Deal, and three others, McIntire, Jessica Sullivan, and Kehmeier placed fifth in the 1600m relay.
A third-place went to the team of Zamarripa, Kristen Alward, Herman and Kehmeier in the sprint medley relay. Herman picked up valuable team points in the 100m dash with her third-place finish.
McIntire had a good time in the 200m dash and placed sixth to cap a productive day for her.
Micaela Shaw placed in the throwing events with a fifth place finish in the discus and a sixth in the shot put.
Alward contributed points to the Lady Bruins in the hurdle events with a sixth-place finish in the 300m hurdles and an eighth-place in the 100m hurdles.
Kaitlyn Kissner threw the discus to finish sixth in that event.
Even though the Bruins did not set any new meet records, they did score enough points (116) to wrestle the team title away from a determined Coal Ridge Titan's team (114).
There were no surprises in the high jump competition for the Bruins as senior Danny Martinez cleared 6-5 to win the event. Teammates Reid Gates (third, 6-3) and Dagan Smith (fifth, 6-1) competed well.
Cedaredge seems to always have jumpers in the top five at each meet. There are no secrets as to their success. Hard work and good attitudes go a long way. Jumping coach Mike Morgan explained the routine he has implemented. "On Monday's we do full approaches. Thursdays are for box work and five step techniques. On Friday we watch videos. If we have a two inch increase in personal bests in a week, we have ice cream. We've had lots of ice cream the last two weeks. We gotta have incentive," chuckled Morgan.
Martinez is not just a high jumer. Last week he went 18-9.75 to place fifth in the long jump.
Gates has had his share of the accolades in high jump with victories in earlier meets. On Saturday, Gates won the long jump competition with a leap of 19-11. Along with his jumping, Gates was a member of the 1600m relay team, including Dante Markley, Smith, and Ryan Latta, which placed fourth on Saturday.
Markley's win in the 110m high hurdles was just .23 off the record of 15.70. He was second in both the 300m hurdles and 200m races. Markley's success can be attributed to a solid work ethic which includes hurdle work four days a week during practice, and an occasional Sunday if the urge is there.
Many hurdlers alternate lead feet, especially in the 110m hurdles. Markley leads with the same foot in the 300m hurdles. So far, he is third in state (3A) and tops all competitors in the WSL 3A. Markley has been running the hurdles since his middle school years.
Miguel Barajas continues his consistent performances and earned a first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 46-0. He also marked well with a third place in the discus with a throw of 126-8.
Luke Wieben failed to place in the high jump after exiting at 5-7. He did, however, place in the shot put (fifth) and discus (second).
Cedaredge's 400m relay team (Jake Arter, Xander Camp, Latta, and Austin Williams) earned third-place points while Tylor Balistreri tossed the shot 44-0 to place fourth.
Camp, Arter, Latta, and Williams collected fifth-place points in the 800m relay. Camp finished in sixth place in the long jump to give the Bruins three jumpers in the top eight competitors.
There were two seventh place finishes; Dylan Buckallew in the 800m run and the 3200m relay team of Kyle Kanz, Buckallew, Dustan Hejny, and Austin Fischer. Henjy also had an eighth-place finish in the 400m dash.
The Bruins are at the Frank Woodburn Invite this Saturday in Grand Junction.