Photo by Wayne Crick Head Cedaredge High School track coach Kirby Henderson explains something to Sierra Williams during a break in the action at the third annual Bruin Invitational. Williams broke the 100m record and was a member of the record-setting 400 relay
Cedaredge and Coal Ridge battled for the team title last Friday at the Bruin Invitational in Cedaredge. Coal Ridge eventually won that title with 145 points while Cedaredge had 138 to finish second.
The Bruins had some stellar performances on the day with Miguel Barajas getting into the record books with a pair of new meet records.
A heave of 49-2.25 landed the top place in shot put competition and broke Keanan Garner's (Gunnison) old mark of 43-1 set in 2010. The Bruins picked up third and fourth place points from Tylor Balistreri and Luke Wieben.
Barajas got off a throw of 137-11 to win the discus and set a new Bruin Invite record. The old record was held by Barajas which was set in 2010. Wieben had one of his best finishes of the season to place second with a throw of 134-8.
Dante Markley was a force once again for the Bruins as he finished first in the 200m, 110m high hurdles, 300m hurdles, and was part of the 1600m relay team made up of Markley, Dagan Smith, Reid Gates and Ryan Latta.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Of the nine shot put finalist in last week’s Bruin Invitational, six were from Delta County. On the left is Delta’s Bry Music (2nd), Paonia’s Morgan Hartigan (third from left, 3rd place), Hotchkiss’ Kylie Hodges (sixth from left, 6th place), Hotchkiss’ Katie Richards (third from right, 4th place), Paonia’s Abby Campbell (second from right, 9th place), and Hotchkiss’ Lindsey Todd (8th place).
Danny Martinez won the high jump with his effort of 6-2. With all he had scheduled after, and during the high jump competition, Martinez and jumping coach Mike Morgan decided to forego the usual raising of the bar by small increments and placed the bar at 6-7.5 to save time. Unfortunately, Martinez missed his three attempts with the final one clearly one that would have earned him the new record had it not been for a slight nudge.
Martinez also placed third in the long jump, and Wieben fourth.
Steton Brewer was third in the 110 high hurdles and Buckallew fourth in the 800m run.
Cedaredge's Lady Bruins finished with 79 points to finish fifth last week.
Out of the 11 new women's records established in the meet, Cedaredge was responsible for two of them. Sierra Williams broke the 100m dash record and teamed with Summer Herman, Savannah McIntire and Tani Zamarripa to set a new mark in the 400m relay.
Williams had a 12.19 in the 100m to eclipse the old mark of 12.58 set by Williams in 2010. The 400m relay team had a time of 49.75 to erase Hotchkiss' (Savannah Rocha, Beth Wood, S. Carvill, CeCe Pieper) old mark of 52-11.
There were a trio of second place finishes for the Lady Bruins including Summer Herman in the 100m dash, Kaitlyn Kissner in the discus, and McIntire in the 200m.
The Bruin track teams have pre-qualified many of their squad for the state meet scheduled for May 17-19.
Next up for Cedaredge is the qualifying meet in Grand Junction May 10-12.