Both the boys' and girls' Cedaredge High School's track teams finished in the top 10 at last week's state track and field championships in Lakewood. The Bruin boys scored 45.5 points to finish fourth while the Lady Bruins placed sixth with 37 points.
The Bruin boys had a pair of first-place finishes to help them place fourth while the best finish recorded by the Lady Bruins was a third place.
The Classical Academy won both divisions of this year's state track meet. The Titans had 91 points in the boys' division and the girls scored 135 points.
Reid Gates and Dante Markley collected gold and scored 10-points each for their efforts in their specialties.
Gates was ranked first in high jump in 3A with a 6-8 performance earlier in the year. A leap of 6-7 was enough to win this year's high jump competition in the 3A division. As a junior this year, Gates will be an odds-on favorite to duplicate the feat again in 2014. Younger brother Shane cleared 6-1 to finish seventh in the event. Shane, a freshman, was ranked third coming into last week's competition.
Reid Gates was also a top-five qualifier (third) in the long jump with a leap of 21-9.25. He jumped 21-7.75 and finished third.
After qualifying 10th in the 100m dash (11.36), Gates had an 11.47 in the preliminaries (sixth) and ran the exact same time in the finals to finish ninth.
Markley's win in the 300m hurdles was not entirely unexpected. Coal Ridge rival Andy Bowles was one of the favorites heading into the finals. An injury to Bowles prior to the race appeared to pave the way for Markley's win.
The talented senior hurdler for Cedaredge entered the state meet ranked third with a qualifying time of 39.84. Bowles was ranked first with a time of 39.30, with Classical Academy's Jonathan Roy second.
A preliminary time of 40.22 qualified Markley third in the 300m hurdles.
In the finals, Markley skimmed the hurdles for a time of 39.35 to win the race, with Roy second in a time of 39.41. Bowles walked the race to finish ninth for one point in the team race (Coal Ridge finished second with 57.5 points and Eaton was third with 56 points). To show his confidence, Markley was quoted as saying he thought the race would have been his even if Bowles had been healthy for the race.
Markley was listed in the sixth spot on the 110m high hurdles qualifying list with a time of 15.54. His preliminary time of 16.10 put him in seventh place. In the finals, Markley ran a 15.95 to place sixth overall.
A preliminary time of 23.02 in the 200m dash left Markley out of finals competition. Markley came into state competition with a time of 22.89 and was ranked eighth.
Sophomore Austin Williams was ranked first (51-2) in 3A shot put but finished competition with a throw of 45-9 to place sixth. Williams' 146-11 in discus competition placed him sixth in that event as well. He was well shy of that mark with a throw of 138-4 and finished eighth.
Cedaredge's 400m relay team was ranked fourth (44.55) coming into the state meet and had a 44.28 in the preliminaries and a 44.49 to place fifth overall.
The 800 and 1600m relay teams were ranked 14th in both events but finished 18th in both.
Even though Cedaredge did not have any first-place finishes, the Lady Bruins found plenty of other opportunities to score points.
Rachael Latta and Kenzie Henderson led the way in individual scoring with a third and fourth-place respectively. Latta, a fifth-place qualifier (16-11.25) sailed 17-1.75 to finish third in long jump and Henderson matched her qualifying leap of 5-0 to place fourth in high jump.
Freshman Nellie Freeman posted a time of 2:23.86 to finish seventh in the 800m run. She was just over her qualifying time of 2:23.52 that ranked her fourth. Freeman finished 15th in the 1600m with a time of 5:32.74. She was ninth coming in with 5:28.16.
Freeman was part of the 800m and 1600m relay teams that finished sixth. The 800m team was ranked fifth (1:47.56) and had a time of 1:48.37 in the finals.
Joining Freeman on the team were Rebecca Deal, Latta and Mackenzie Kehmeier.
A time of 4:10.84 had the Lady Bruins ranked fourth in the 1600m relay. Their time of 4:10.05 was faster but left Cedaredge in sixth-place when the race was finished. Kehmeier, Kendall McHugh, and Henderson joined Freeman to run the 1600m relay.
Cedaredge's 400m relay team was seeded fifth coming in (51.13) and ran a faster time (50.94) to finish fourth. Members of that team included McHugh, Summer Herman, Amber Jenkins, and Latta.
Cedaredge's 3200m relay team shaved seven seconds off its previous best time (10:09.08) to place fifth with a new school best 10:02.26. Freeman's teammates on this team included McHugh, Jessica Sullivan and Ashley Diaz.
Deal, Herman, Kehmeier and Jenkins teamed up to place 10th in the 800m sprint medley.
In other individual events, Kehmeier was 11th in the 200m dash and placed 12th in the 400m dash.
Henderson bettered her qualifying time of 50.18 in the 300m hurdles with a 49.39 to place 10th.
Herman and McHugh placed 11th and 14th, respectively, in the 100m dash competition.
Latta and Deal competed in triple jump last week and both finished 11th with identical jumps of 32-3.5. Deal was 13th in long jump with a leap of 15-5.25.
Cedaredge discus competitors Kaitlyn Kissner and Micaela Shaw finished 12th and 13th respectively with throws of 98-7 and 96-11.blog comments powered by Disqus