Trevor Walters broke into the top five in the 800-meter run Saturday, setting a personal best time of 2:05.40 to place second. Walters, a senior and three-year veteran of the team, now holds the third-fastest time recorded by a 2A runner this season.
His time lifts him above all other 2A Western Slope runners in the event.
Walters is ranked in the top 10 in four events. He was seventh in state in the 1600-meter run and is a member of the 3200-meter relay team that holds the second best 2A time in the state.
The 1600-meter relay team of Walters, Anthony Roeber, William Austin and Ethan Ferguson broke into the top 10 with an eighth-place finish of 3:51.34.
Austin continues to be a force in the hurdles events. The sophomore placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles and seventh in the 300 hurdles. After Saturday's meets, he is ranked in the top 18 in both events.
Distance runner Jason Sturgis placed ninth out of 31 times in the 3200-meter run, and his time of 10:51.87 was the fourth fastest time in state 2A competition.
In field events, Morgan Rieder placed seventh in the discus.
Roeber led the 2A field to place sixth in the high jump.
The Paonia girls had their best meet of the season, earning 82 points to place second at the Woodburn Invitational. Delta High School won the meet with 92 points. Eighteen teams competed at the meet, held Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Lindsay Russell remains in the top 10 in 2A competition in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Russell posted her best times of the season, placing second in both events.
Paonia earned points in all five relays. The 3200-meter team of Chelsy Reed, Carson Pipher, Braiden Clement and Taylor Polson finished second, and the team of the 1600 team of Russell, Reed, Polson and Taylor Plymale was third.
The 800-meter sprint medley team of Alexandria Farnsworth, Chelsea Martinez, Plymale and Gabrielle Moet and the 800 team of Russell, Reed, Plymale and Brooklynd Erickson was fourth. The 400 team of Morgan Hartigan, Erickson, Moet and Easton Hartigan placed fifth.
Clement posted her best time of the season to place fifth in the 3200.
Ce'rra Carsten leapt to a new personal best distance of 33 feet, 5 and a half inches to place third in the triple jump, and cleared 4-10 to place fourth in the high jump.
Polson placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Morgan Hartigan placed fifth in the 100 hurdles and the shot put. Erickson and Mandy Bushta placed fourth and fifth respectively in the long jump.
It's spring break, but Paonia will be busy this week practicing for Friday's meet at Coal Ridge High School in New Castle.