Cedaredge’s Rachael Latta lands in the sand after hitting the board for a successful long jump attempt at last week’s 3A league meet. Latta qualified for state in the medley relay, long jump, and triple jump as a junior at Cedaredge High School.
Cedaredge's Lady Bruins have been on, or near, the top of every team race this past track season. A solid core of athletes have provided the majority of points all season long.
In last week's 3A state qualifying meet in Grand Junction, Cedaredge scored 123.5 points to place second behind Gunnison and their 150 points.
Hotchkiss finished in fourth place with 93 points and Rifle and Grand Valley filled the top five spots with their scores of 87 and 86 points respectively.
Leading the scoring race for the Lady Bruins was, who else, Sierra Williams. The Florida State-bound senior collected two individual first places and was part of two winning relay teams.
Williams set a new speed mark in the 100m on Friday in the finals with her time of 11.94. University's Dimma Kalu had held the old mark of 12.01 since 2004. The new standard is an all-time 3A state record and will be a difficult mark to beat at Cedaredge High School as well. Williams won the state 100m title last year with a time of 12.19.
Williams doubled up in the win column with her 24.61 in the 200m. She was second at state in 2011 with a time of 25.33. Williams is ranked first in both the 100 and 200m dashes in Class 3A.
With her help in the 400m relay, Cedaredge clocked a winning time of 49.75. The Lady Bruins placed third in last year's state meet with a time of 50.84. Look for better things this year. The rest of this year's 400m relay team includes Summer Herman, Savannah McIntire and Tani Zamarripa.
Cedaredge's 800m relay team (Rebecca Deal, Herman, McIntire and Williams) posted a time of 1:43.89 earlier this season and is ranked first in 3A. The Lady Bruins had a time of 1:46.51 last week to win the league title.
Other first-place winners included Deal in the long jump with a leap of 17-07. Latta was fifth in the event with a jump of 15-07.
Second places went to Mackenzie Kehmeier in the 400m, the 800m sprint medley relays, and Kaitlyn Kissner in the discus (103-05). Kehmeier was first in the prelims but was no match for Hotchkiss' Jennifer Celis' 57.88.
A time of 1:54.39 in the sprint medley relay broke a CHS record.
McIntire took third in the 200m (27.22) with Kristen Alward placing fifth in the 100m hurdles. Deal was fifth in the 100m dash while the 1600m relay team of Rachael Latta, Jessie Sullivan, Bree Gutierrez and Kehmeier finished fifth as well. Latta had a fifth-place jump in the long jump.
The following athletes were sixth at last week's qualifying track meet in Grand Junction; Raylee VanderLinde (100m hurdles), Herman (100m), Sullivan (both the 800 and 1600m runs), and Micaela Shaw in discus competiton.
Sydney Navarro was seventh in the discus.
Cedaredge High School will have seven athletes representing the Lady Bruins in this week's state track competiton beginning on Thursday.
Deal qualified in the long jump, 200m dash and the 800m relay. She is ranked 15th in the 200m in 3A competition.
Herman will compete in the 400 and 800m medley relays as a sophomore.
Kehmeier, as a freshman, is going to state in the 400m dash and is a member of the medley relay team.
Latta has a spot on the medley relay team and is set to compete in both the long and triple jump.
She is a junior.
McIntire is a senior and part of the Lady Bruins' touted 400 and 800m relay teams.
Williams, a senior, will compete in the 100m dash, 200m dash, 400m relay, and the 800m relay. She is the reigning 3A state champion in the 100 and 200m dashes.
As a senior, Zamarripa will bolster the 400m relay, 800m relay, and the 800m sprint medley teams.