Cedaredge's boys were superb on Saturday at the Gunnison Invitational Track and Field Meet. The Bruins topped Gunnison with 108 points to take home the first-place plaque while the girls were equally impressive (82 points) in their own right but didn't finish on top of the team race.
In all, Cedaredge's boys brought home eight first-place finishes in Gunnison.
Miguel Barajas won the boys' shot and discus titles with Dante Markley winning both the 110m high hurdles and the 300m hurdles.
In other first-place finishes, Danny Martinez got back to his winning ways with a leap of 6-6 in the high jump and Reid Gates captured the long jump title with an effort of 21-4. Gates holds the edge against Martinez in the high jump with a leap of 6-7 a couple of weeks ago.
Two Bruins' relays (800m and 1600m) were victorious as well. Both teams were comprised of Markley, Gates, Ryan Latta and Dagan Smith.
Cedaredge scored 22 points in the high jump with Gates placing second to Martinez and Smith fifth.
Gates and Martinez switched places in the long jump with Gates placing first and Martinez fifth.
Rounding out the Bruins' big day, Cedaredge's 400m relay team (Martinez, Smith, Jake Arter, Xander Camp) collected a third-place finish. Camp scooted to a sixth-place in the 100m dash with Luke Wieben placing seventh in the discus and eighth in shot put.
The Lady Bruins recorded wins in five events on their way to 82 points. Sierra Williams won her two specialties; 100m and 200m dashes and was a part of two winning relay teams (400 and 800m). Williams' time in the 100m was her fastest of the season at 12.27.
But, according to Cedaredge head track coach Kirby Henderson, the highlight of the day was the girls 4 x 200m relay team.
The relay team of Savannah McIntire, Rebecca Deal, Sierra Williams and Tani Zamarripa set an all-time fastest mark for the race in Gunnison. "The record can't be considered a state record because those can only be set at the state meets," noted Henderson. But state officials do recognize all-time records, and "we just broke the old LaJunta record of 1:44.45 set back in 2002," said Henderson.
Prior to the meet in Gunnison last week, assistant coach Kirk McLaughlin had a thought for Henderson. "He (McLaughlin) told me a few days before the meet that the girls were going to set that record. He made the call....we just didn't talk to the girls about that premonition."
The team of Summer Herman, Zamarripa, McIntire and Williams ran to another school record (50.80) in the 400m relay.
Cedaredge's 800m medley team of Herman, Racheal Latta, Zamarripa and Mackenzie Kehmeier ran a 1:55.70 to win that event. Henderson credited Kehmeier with, "a great move with about 150 meters left to take the win."
Times in the 200m were good but wind-aided with Williams winning in 25.08.
Kaitlyn Kissner and Sidney Navarro both had personal bests in the discus.
Second places went to Deal in the triple jump and Kissner in the discus. Herman (100m) and Navarro (discus) placed sixth while Latta was seventh in the long jump.
Eighth place finishes went to McIntire (200m) Kehmeier (400m) and Kissner (high jump).
Cedaredge is scheduled to take part in next week's Montrose Invitational on Saturday, April 28.