Last weekend's weather provided athletes with some of the best conditions in virtually all venues of competition. Tennis players might have found afternoon wind conditions to be unfavorable at times, but the temperatures through the latter part of last week were ideal.
Teams competing at Saturday's Montrose Invitational Track Meet had to love the warm, sunny day they had for competition.
The girls' division was won by Eagle Valley after they had accumulated 90 points. Montrose placed second (84) and Delta finished third with 74 points. Glenwood Springs was fourth with Paonia (68), Hotchkiss (58), and Cedaredge (52) securing the next three team spots.
For the boys, Eagle Valley ran away with the team title with 130 points, with Coal Ridge a distant second with 114 points. Glenwood Springs finished third (68), with Cedaredge scoring 63 points to place fourth. Delta had 51 points to finish fifth, with Hotchkiss and Rifle tying for sixth with 44 points. Paonia's Eagles had 26 points and placed tenth in the team race.
Skylyn Webb wasn't quite ready for the rigors of Saturday's meet and had to settle for second-place in the 100m dash with a time of 12.92. Her best time of the year was 12.87 according to stats gathered so far in 2013.
One of the reasons for Webb's runner-up place in the 100m was due to tired legs. Webb was an integral part of Delta's big win in the 3200m relay. The Lady Panthers took more than five seconds off their previous best time of 9:52 with a blistering 9:47.44 in Saturday's race.
When asked about the 100m race, Webb said she didn't feel quite right. "My legs felt tired. Guess I wasn't over the 800m in the 3200m relay." A nearly all-out effort for two laps can have an affect on muscles for an hour or two.
The Lady Panthers did have two first-place finishes on Saturday. Joining Webb in the 3200m relay race were teammates Clarissa Whiting, Mykayla Music and Cleo Whiting. Cleo Whiting scored the second 10-point win for Delta with an 11:22.99 time in the grueling 3200m run. Clarissa Whiting finished second in a time of 11:24.77. Both Whitings recorded their personal bests on the year with their performances.
Delta's Mykayla Music was fifth in the 3200m run with a time of 12:46.19 and was third in the 1600m run with a time of 5:40.93.
Patti Chapman and Bryanna Music picked up second-place points for Delta. Chapman jumped 33-7.5 in the triple jump, and Music threw the shot 38-4.25, to claim their runner-up spots.
Callie Gafford had a third-place finish, along with Cedaredge's Kenzie Henderson and Montrose's Lauren Livermore, in the high jump with a leap of 5-0. Amelia Hawkins cleared 4-10 to share sixth place with Paonia's Ce'rra Carsten.
Delta's 400m relay team of Erin Zunich, Chapman, Gafford and Webb placed fifth with their season-best 52.58.
Delta's 1600m relay team finished seventh and Chapman was eighth in the long jump.
The Panthers failed to win an event at last Saturday's Montrose Invitational, but many of the participating athletes set personal best marks at the meet.
One of the most impressive races in the boys' division was Chris Black's valiant effort in the 300m hurdles. Black was one of the top contenders in the race based on previous times.
Glenwood's Auston Tribble was the odds-on favorite in the race and Black led all but the final three yards of the race. A stumble after clearing the final hurdle allowed Tribble to get past Black for the win. Their times were impressive with Tribble posting a 38.76 and Black a 38.85. Both are high in the top 18 rankings with the top mark of 38.54 belonging to Discovery Canyon's Nicholas Betz. Joe Wise, of Frederick, is second with a time of 38.74 followed by Tribble and Black.
Delta's 1600m relay team posted a time of 3:36.63 to finish second, with Dakota Proctor landing 40-0.5 from the take-off board in the triple jump for another second-place finish.
The Panthers had a third- and fourth-place finish in long jump with Eian Baier sailing 19-10.25 for third and Doug Hawkins hitting his mark for a jump of 19-9.5 and fourth place.
In one other fourth-place finish, Dustin Ownbey moved around the track four times with a time of 4:46.16 setting his season-best mark by nearly three seconds over a previous run.
Sixth-place finishes for the Panthers included Jonathan Kinderknecht's run in the 3200m, and Delta's 400m and 3200m relay teams.
Delta picked up two eighth-place points from Kinderknecht (1600m) and the Panthers' 800m relay team.
Delta will split the track roster this week and send a group to Cedaredge for the Cedaredge Invitational and the rest are headed to Grand Junction to take part in the Tiger Invitational.