The Delta High School track team did not win the 4A state tournament in either the boys or girls division in 2012. They did not set any new meet records.
They did send a team of hardworking athletes who, in some cases, may have bettered their personal records and a few Delta High School marks.
In all, the experience for underclassmen will help prepare them for the next season.
Clarissa and Cleo Whiting had the most success from the Panthers' camp. Both girls placed in the top five in the 3200m run. Cleo was fourth in a time of 11:23.89 while Clarissa was close behind with her 11:24.06 to finish fifth.
Clarissa was eighth in the 1600m run after clocking a time of 5:15.11. Cleo had to settle for 10th and a time of 5:17.12. At state, the top nine places earn team points.
The Lady Panthers finished with 13 points to tie Wheat Ridge for 25th. Thompson Valley scored 76 points on their way to the team title with Pueblo South (66), Valor Christian (56), Sand Creek (47), and Green Mountain (45) taking the top five spots.
Battle Mountain's Lady Huskies posted the highest finish in this year's state meet for 4A girls' teams with 26.5 points for 12th place. Glenwood Springs was 13th with 24 points.
Delta junior sprinter Skylyn Webb carried the Panthers' banner into the 100 and 200m dashes at Jeffco Stadium last week. Competition was keen to say the least as Webb failed to qualify in either of the dashes. She was 14th in the 100 and 10th in the 200.
A strong 3200m relay team (Clarissa Whiting, Mackennea Broyles, Kyla Ownbey, Cleo Whiting) found the going tougher at state and did not make the top nine in a very competitive race. Thompson Valley finished first with a time of 9:20.69. The Lady Panthers had their best time of the season, 9:55.59, but could do no better than 14th. There could be more to look forward to next season as Ownbey is the only senior this year. The Whitings are juniors while Broyles is a freshman.
Bry Music did not have her best day in either the shot put or discus at this year's state meet. As a sophomore, Music picked up a 10th place finish in the discus and was 17th in the shot.
Junior Natalie Larkin was struggling with her marks in the triple and long jump competitions this season. Larkin qualified for the long jump with an 16-8 but was well short of that mark last week. She finished 17th with a jump of 14-09.75.
Delta's boys found the competition to be of a higher caliber at state than in most 4A track meets over the past season.
Longmont won the boys division with 72.5 points followed by Broomfield (67), Vista Ridge (61), Thompson Valley (52) and Pueblo County (34) rounding out the top five spots. Delta's boys finished with two points.
Ethan Jack Baier had a jump of 6-2 to finish eighth in the high jump and accounted for the two Panther points.
Baier was jumping well in both the long and triple jumps but did not perform as well as he would have liked. He was jumping over 20 feet on a consistent basis for most of the season but did not qualify for finals with a sub-par 18-10.25 as his best effort of the competition.
In the triple jump, Baier sprung out to 45-0.5 at the 4A qualifying meet in Grand Junction two weeks ago. His 43-0.75 left him in 12th place in last week's state meet.
A good race in the 3200m relay earned the Panthers one of their best efforts of the year with a time of 8:27.01. The team was made up of seniors Jake Ames, Colin Fraser, and Daniel De La Rosa. Junior Dustin Ownbey will return next year for the Panthers.blog comments powered by Disqus