Clarissa Whiting completes the first leg of last weekend’s 3200m relay at the Delta Invitational. Taking control of the baton, and facing her leg of the race, is McKennea Broyles. The Lady Panthers placed second in the event.
Last year's Lady Panthers finished fifth in team standings at the Delta Invitational Track and Field Meet. This year's team scored 97 points to place second to Glenwood Springs which finished with 107 points.
This year's success for the Lady Panthers came in various forms. Several top five finishes from individuals and relay teams propelled Delta to a second-place finish.
Cleo and Clarissa Whiting were instrumental in preserving the high placing for Delta. Cleo won the 1600 meter run with Clarissa placing second.
Both Whitings were members of the second-place 3200m relay team with Kyla Ownbey and Mackennea Broyles joining them to run one of their best early season races in two years.
Clarissa placed fifth in the 800m run and Cleo was sixth to earn seven points in the team race. Ownbey was just off pace and placed ninth in the race.
Other top performances included sophomore shot putter Bryanna Music. Music qualified for state a year ago and placed in the top 15. On Saturday, Music tossed the shot 35-8.25 to win the event. She earned third-place in the discus competition for 16 points in the team race.
The 400 and 800m relay teams used the talents of Callie Gafford, Skylyn Webb, Taylor Zunich, and Erin Zunich to place second and third respectively. The foursome placed fourth in the 800m sprint medley relay.
Broyles added valuable fourth-place points in the 3200m run with Vanessa Pinela finishing sixth.
Patti Chapman and Natalie Larkin continued their strong showing in triple jump competition from a year ago.
Chapman placed second on Saturday and Larkin fourth in the triple jump. The two athletes are expected to have strong seasons for the Lady Panthers. Larkin finished fifth in long jump.
In the 1600m relay, Sarah Glidden, Adara Sandoval, Taylor Jensen, and Haley Millard earned a seventh-place finish in the competitive field of teams.