At Friday's Montrose Invitational all-class track meet, the Paonia girls scored 33 of their 68 points in relays: first (10 points), 800-meter sprint medley — 2 minutes, 25.47 seconds; second (8), 800m team — 1:48.98; third (6), 400m — 51.61; 4th (5), 3200m — 10:35.96; and fifth (4), 1600m — 4:23.46.
The girls' team placed fifth at the 19-team meet.
Eagle Valley won the girls' team title with 90 points.
Ce'rra Carsten placed in two events, clearing 32 feet, 11 inches to finish third in the triple jump, and 4-10 to place sixth in the high jump.
In throwing, Morgan Hartigan placed third in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 5 inches; Taylor Carsten finished seventh with a throw of 35-7.5.
In individual running events, Ashley Van Vleet placed second in the 400m dash with a sub-one-minute time of 59.22 seconds and was seventh in the 200m with a time of 27.31, which set a new record for the freshman and was a full second faster than her only other 200m run of the season, on March 16 at Delta.
Lindsay Russell also placed in two events, finishing the 400m in 1:00.82 to place fourth, and running a new season-best time of 27 seconds to place fifth out of 63 runners in the 200m.
In a very close finish, Morgan Hartigan's fourth-place time of 49.4 seconds put her ahead of all but Montrose in the 300m hurdles.
With league competition less than two weeks away, Paonia is ranked in the top 18 in state in all but one event. They have a total of 23 athletes ranked in the top 18 — the cut-off ranking to qualifying for state. The girls are ranked first in five events, including the 300m hurdles (Morgan Hartigan — 48.69), the long jump (Brooklynd Erickson — 16-7), and three relays — the 400-, 800- and 1600-meter. They are also ranked third in the medley. Their medley relay time at Montrose is currently the fifth-fastest time in the state.
The Paonia boys' team scored 26 points to place 10th at Montrose.
Tony Darling threw a season best 44 feet, 6.75 inches to place fourth in the shot put, ahead of other 2A throwers. With Rifle and Eagle Valley each placing three in the top 15 in the shot put, Josh Kimball's personal best throw of 40 feet, 3/4 inches wasn't enough to sophomore in the top 18 in state 2A competition.
Paonia had three fifth-place showings, including Jeramiah Hillman in the 800m (2:05.71), Jason Sturgis in the 1600m (4:49.26), and the 1600m relay team with a time of 1:50.08. Jacob Helleckson finished seventh in the 800 (2:10.04).
Paonia will compete this Friday at the Bruin Invitational. This is the final meet before league competition, which opens May 10 at Grand Junction.blog comments powered by Disqus