The Paonia girls earned the gold in six events and placed in the top four in 15 events to score 143.5 points to win the 13th annual Hotchkiss Invitational track meet Saturday.
In individual events, Morgan Hartigan won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 52.9 seconds and placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 5 inches. Hartigan also set a new personal record of 28.73 to place fourth in the 200m.
Freshman Ashley Van Vleet took first in the 800m with a time of 2:40.67.
In her first competitive jumps of the season, Ce'rra Carsten cleared 4 feet, 11 inches to win the high jump. Carsten also claimed the silver with a triple jump distance of 31 feet, 1.5 inches.
In relays, Brooklynd Erickson, Easton Hartigan, Lindsay Russell and Van Vleet opened with a win in the 800m sprint medley with a time of 1:58.07. And in the final event of the day, the 1600m team of Taylor Plymale, Taylor Polson, Lindsay Russell and Van Vleet took the gold. The 400m team of Carsten, Erickson, Hartigan and Hartigan won with a time of 52.5 seconds.
If Saturday's performances are any indication, the Paonia boys' track team could have a good season in the mid-distance races. Paonia earned 59 points to place fourth overall. Of those points, 22 were earned by mid-distance runners.
In the 3200-meter relay, also known as the 4X800, the team of Jeramiah Hillman, Jesse Reed, Jason Sturgis and Ethan Ferguson claimed one of two silvers for the Eagles with a time of 9 minutes, 47.20 seconds.
In his first high school 800-meter run, freshman Jeramiah Hillman placed fourth with a time of 2:15.84. In a close finish, Sturgis passed two runners down the final stretch to place fifth, Reed finished four-tenths of a second back to place sixth, and Jacob Helleckson finished seventh.
Helleckson also placed fifth in the 1600m.
William Austin finished second in the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.4, and placed fifth in the 110m high hurdles and 200m dash.
Josh Kimball added almost two feet to his personal best in the shot put. Kimball threw a distance of 37 feet, 1 inch to place fifth overall.
Paonia will compete this Saturday at the Cedaredge Invitational. All events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.blog comments powered by Disqus