Delta’s Jake Ames and Cedaredge’s Danny Martinez share thoughts during a lull in their respective schedules last week at the Montrose Invitational.
Delta's successful top five finishes in track continued this past week with both the Panthers' boys and girls teams placing second in the 13-team boys and 14-team girls divisions.
The Panther boys scored 102 points to finish second in the team race with Rifle winning the title with 115 points.
Cedaredge was the top 3A team on Saturday and was fourth with 94 points. Hotchkiss had 46.5 points to place seventh and Paonia eighth with 39 points.
Rifle stole the show with five first place finishes at the meet. Ryan Moeller was a double winner with top times in the 100 and 200m dashes. The Bears' relay teams (400, 800, and 1600) were all winners.
Delta had a pair of individual winners in Jake Ames and Ethan Jack Baier.
Baier was one of two record-setters at this year's meet. A jump of 42-8.5 established a new meet record in the triple jump. Cedaredge's Danny Martinez set the second new standard with a jump of 6-5 in the high jump.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Delta’s Taylor Zunich prepares to hand the baton to Skylyn Webb at the first exchange zone of the 4 x 200m relay in Montrose. Two lanes left of the Delta runners is Cedaredge’s Sierra Williams who is about to receive the baton from Tani Zamarripa. The Lady Bruins won the race with Delta placing second with times of 1:45.05 and 1:48.32 respectively.
Ames won the 800m run with his time of 2:02.50 on Saturday. In the early part of the track season, Ames clocked a time of 2:09.72 in the Delta Invitational on March 17. He placed fourth in that race. Two weeks later, Ames ran a 2:05.33 at the Cedaredge Invitational to win that race.
Baier, as usual, spread his energy and talent in a variety of events, including a shot at the 100m dash in Montrose. He finished with a time of 11.78 to place seventh. Baier's first-place finish on Saturday was in the triple jump. He leaped 42-8.5 to win the event. Baier has won the triple jump six times in 2012 with 43-7.25 being his best jump at the Mickey Dunn on March 24.
Delta's 3200m relay team has something working as well. The Panthers have won several meets in the event with last week's 8:25.76 marking the best of the season so far. Members of the team include Daniel De La Rosa, Colin Fraser, Dustin Ownbey and Ames.
The Panther boys scored second-place points from E.J. Baier in the long jump (20-2.5) and Brandon Campbell in the shot put competition (46-1.75).
Third-place points were scored by Daniel De La Rosa in the 3200m run, Irvin Hernandez in the 300m hurdles, and E.J. Baier in the high jump.
Zach Decker (400m dash), Ownbey (1600m run), and Blake Velasquez (discus) all placed fourth while De La Rosa, Campbell, and Delta's 800m relay team tacked on fifth-place points.
Check today's scoreboard section on B8 for more times and distances.
Delta's Lady Panthers had themselves a relatively good day with 109 points and second place behind Rifle and their 119 points.
Skylyn Webb scored the Lady Panther's first win of the day in the 100m dash with a time of 12.8. Webb also helped secure second-place finishes for Delta in the 400m and 800m relays.
Clarissa Whiting claimed the second first-place finish for Delta with a time of 5:16.94 in the 1600m run. Sister Cleo placed second in 5:17.53.
Other second-place finishes for the Lady Panthers included MacKennea Broyles in the 3200m (13:02.16) and Natalie Larkin in the triple jump (33-7.75).
Joining Webb in the 400m and 800m relays that produced second-place finishes were Callie Gafford and Taylor and Erin Zunich.
Delta's 3200m relay team, which has been the class of the field, was outdueled down the stretch of the final leg when Hotchkiss' Jennifer Celis caught Cleo Whiting to score a win for the first time against the Delta foursome. Delta's time was 10:02.82 while Hotchkiss' winning time was 10:02.64. Delta's 3200m relay team is made up of Clarissa and Cleo Whiting, Broyles, and Kyla Ownbey.
A couple of third-place finishes came from Patti Chapman in the triple jump and Bry Music in the shot put.
Earning fourth-place points were Ayasha Richards (200m dash), Adara Sandoval (400m dash), and Gafford in high jump competition.
The team of Kaylee Britain, Natalie Marvin, Chapman and Sandoval placed fifth in the 800m sprint medley.
Delta's track teams are in Cedaredge this week (Friday) for the Bruin Invitational.