Junior Natalie Larkin shows good form in long jump competition at this season’s Mickey Dunn Track and Field Meet back in late March. Larkin has worked hard to move from not placing to being a high 15 foot plus jumper for the Lady Panthers.
Delta's Panthers had a good day at last Saturday's Gunnison Invitational Track and Field Meet.
No team scores were available, but Delta scored over 80 points for the girls teams at the meet and over 60 for the boys.
The Lady Panthers scored 87 points while the boys posted 65 points for their days work.
Delta's girls picked up three first-place and three seconds at the day-long meet at Mountaineer Bowl on the campus of Western State College.
Clarissa Whiting and Bry Music were first in the 3200 meter run and discus competitions respectively. Whiting ran an 11:56.94 in the 3200 and Music sailed the discus 114-1 to win those events.
Delta's outstanding 3200 meter relay team (Clarissa Whiting, Cleo Whiting, Kyla Ownbey, Mackennea Broyles) ran a solid 10:20.20 to win the race.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Delta’s Erin Zunich leaves the blocks in a relay race at the Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet earlier in the season. The Lady Panthers have steadily improved their times in several relay races with starts and handoffs a key factor.
Cleo Whiting was second in the 3200m run and Broyles third to score 24 points for Delta in one event.
The Lady Panthers' 400m relay team (Callie Gafford, Skylyn Webb, Taylor Zunich, Erin Zunich) came in second to Cedaredge's team and Music tossed the shot 35-8.5 to place second in the shot put competition.
A third-place went to Delta's 800m relay team (Gafford, Webb, T. Zunich, E. Zunich).
Gafford was fourth in the high jump and Natalie Larkin had a fourth-place finish in triple jump.
A fifth-place finish went to Taylor Zunich in long jump where she uncorked one of her best jumps of the year at 15-9.25. Larkin also placed in the long jump with a leap of 15-1.75 for eighth-place.
Delta's boys had no first-place finishes Saturday but picked up plenty of points with a trio of second and third place finishes.
Daniel De La Rosa had one of his best finishes of the year with a second-place time of 11:01.62 behind South Park's Jake Benson's 10:58.78. Ethan Jack Baier flew 21-0.5 to place second in the long jump and the 3200m relay team (De La Rosa, Colin Fraser, Dustin Ownbey, Jake Ames) clocked an 8:40.48 to finish in the runnerup spot in that race.
Zach Decker was third in the 400m while E.J. Baier and Brandon Campbell placed third in the high jump and shot put respectively.
Irvin Hernandez (300m hurdles) and Justin Music (shot put) recorded fourth-place finishes for the Panthers.
Along with De La Rosa, the Panthers two other top eight placers in the 3200m run, Ownbey (fifth) and Jonathon Kinderknecht (seventh) added valuable team points to the Panthers' totals.
A sixth-place went to Delta's 400m relay team (Jace Jernberg, Damon Davis, Robin Milabo, Tyler Rolf) and Ames was eighth in the tough 1600m run.