The 2012 track season is rapidly gaining momentum in the current thinclad season.
Most schools participated in their second track meet of the season this past weekend.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Cedaredge’s Tylor Balistreri completes his final throw in the shot put competition in last weekend’s Delta Invitational. Balistreri’s best throw earned him a fourth place finish in the event with Moffat County’s Garrett Spears setting a new mark.
Cedaredge's Bruins took part in the Delta Invitational Meet where they improved on their finish a year ago and set a new meet high jump record on their way to second place. Last year's Bruins placed fifth at the Delta Invite.
Glenwood Springs scored 129 points to win the meet and Cedaredge's 78 points placed the Bruins second ahead of 4A Delta which scored 74.70 points to finish third.
The Bruins scored most of their points in hurdling and jumping competitions. Points also came in the throwing events where several Bruins placed in the top eight to score team points.
Dante Markley scored high points in the hurdles with a win in the 110 high hurdles and a third-place in the 300 meter hurdles. Steton Brewer added a point in the 300 hurdles with his eighth-place finish.
Reid Gates, Danny Martinez, and Dagan Smith gave the Bruins 23 points for their combined efforts in the high jump. Gates won the event in a tie-breaker with Martinez. Gates cleared 6-5 in the jump off between the two athletes and Smith placed fourth.
The trio of jumpers were joined by Luke Wieben who also had a good day for the Bruins.
Both Gates and Martinez bettered the old mark in high jump with their efforts. The old record was held by Plateau Valley's Chase Langely with his 6-3 effort a year ago.
Martinez, who signed with Western State earlier in the year, was excited at the time of his signing and believes both the boys and girls are in line to send big numbers to state this season.
Gates had a double-win for Cedaredge with a 20-2 leap in long jump. Wieben placed sixth to give the Bruins two top-eight placers.
Miguel Barajas and Tylor Balistreri had good days throwing the shot and discus. Barajas placed third in the shot and discus while Balistreri was fourth in shot put competition.
The Bruins scored points for a fifth-place finish in the 1600 meter relay and a pair of seventh-place finishes in the 400 and 800 meter relay races.
Cedaredge is slated to attend the Hotchkiss Invitational on Saturday (Mar. 24). Field events start at 9 and running events at 9:30 a.m.