Delta’s Jake Ames strains to reach the finish line in his 800m race against Telluride’s Ty Williams, a premier runner in the state. Ames, a senior, is becoming one of the top middle distance runners in the state as well. Ames won the race with a time of 2:05.33.
Last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet produced 10 new meet records, all in the girls' division.
The four Delta County schools participated in the meet with Cedaredge's boys earning the top spot with 116 points.
Delta placed third with 86.5 points, Hotchkiss was seventh with 34 points, and Paonia had 32 points to place eighth.
In the girls' division, Telluride captured the team title with 102.5 points and Cedarege was second with 90. The Lady Panthers of Delta had 83 points with Hotchkiss coming in fourth with 75 points and Paonia sixth with 56 points.
Jake Ames and Ethan Jack Baier had near record-breaking performances in last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet. Ames ran the 800m against one of the top runners in the state in Telluride's Ty Williams. After trailing the entire race, Ames outran Williams down the stretch to win the race in 2:05.33. The record for the race is 2:03.14 set by Hotchkiss' Cody Watkins in 2009.
Ames also had solid performances in the triple jump (fourth) and anchored the fourth-place 3200m relay team. Other members of the relay team included Daniel De La Rosa, Dustin Ownbey and Jonathon Kinderknecht.
Baier's winning jump in the triple jump was 43-0.25 with the meet record standing at 43-3.5. A leap of 6-3 in the high jump placed Baier second behind Cedaredge's talented jumper Danny Martinez who cleared 6-5 to win the event.
Baier also earned third-place points with his effort in the long jump.
Justin Music qualified for the finals in shot put and came through with a throw of 45-0 to finish second behind Cedaredge's Miguel Barajas.
De La Rosa ran a good race in the 3200m run and clocked an 11:04.39 for second place behind Montrose's Mark Stogdill. Ownbey had a seventh-place finish in the race.
Other third-place finishers for the Panther boys included Zach Decker in the 400m, Irvin Hernandez in the 300m hurdles, and the 800m relay team which included Hernandez, Devin Marquez, Colin Fraser and Decker.
Brandon Campbell had a fifth place finish in the discus and a sixth place in the shot put.
There were three first-place finishes for the Lady Panthers in Cedaredge. Two of the three belonged to sophomore Bryanna Music in the shot put and discus competitions. Music threw the shot 35-10 and spun the discus 109-6 after qualifying second with a throw of 95-0.
Photo by Wayne Crick
From the left, Clarissa Whiting, Kyla Ownbey, MacKennea Broyles and Cleo Whiting pose for a team photo following their record-setting win in the 3200m relay. Their time was 10:13.46 and shattered Montrose’s 10:32.47 record set in 2010.
The third win for Delta came in the 3200m relay where Clarissa Whiting, MacKennea Broyles, Kyla Ownbey and Cleo Whiting set a new personal best and school record, and established a new meet mark as well. The winning time was 10:13.46 which shattered the old mark of 10:32.47 set by Montrose High School in 2010.
In talking with Cleo Whiting, the team members do not have the same workouts each day. "We work on 800s on Tuesdays and run hills once a week. We have sprint work and other aspects we work on as well," noted Whiting.
One of the goals for the team this year was to go below the 10:17 mark. Prior to last week's performance, their best time was 10:23.
Clarissa Whiting also earned second-place points in the 3200m run as did the 400m relay team of Callie Gafford, Patti Chapman, Erin Zunich and Skylyn Webb.
Third-place finishes went to Cleo Whiting in the 3200m and Webb in the 200m. Webb was edged by Telluride's Josephine Bush who had a time of 26.54 while Webb's time was 26.57. Sierra Williams established a new meet record of 25.19 while Bush and Webb also had record-breaking times. The old mark was 26.70 set by Alicia Gieck of Delta back in 2009.
Chapman's leap of 32-8.75 in the triple jump was good for fourth place while Broyles, along with her role on the 3200m relay team, had fifth place finishes in the 1600m and 3200m runs. Natalie Larkin had two fifth-place finishes, one in long jump and the other in triple jump.
Ownbey's time for the 800m run was good enough for a sixth place and the 1600m relay team of Adara Sandoval, Taylor Jensen, Rieley McCulloch and Haley Millard finished eighth.
Both the boys and girls track squads are at the Frank Woodburn meet in Grand Junction this weekend.