Track fortunes for Delta High School's girls track team seem to have turned around in the early going of the 2017 season.
The Panthers have placed high in final standings in the first two weeks with a third place finish this past weekend after scoring 71 points. Montrose won the team title at Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational and Paonia brought another strong team to the meet and scored 88 points to finish second. Sixteen teams participated in the day-long meet.
Montrose had five top finishes in the day-long competition. The Indians won the 4x200 meter relay, 200m dash, 300 hurdles, 4x800 meter relay and the 3200m run.
Delta and Paonia had three first place finishes. The Panthers claimed first place in the discus, shot put and 100m hurdles.
Delta senior Lily Lockhart was a double winner for the Panthers with her victories in discus (132-04) and shot put ( 40-0.75). Lockhart's win in the shot put set a new meet record for the Hotchkiss Invitational. The old record was held by Paonia's Morgan Hartigan, who heaved the shot 40-00 in 2014. The wins mark the second straight time Lockhart has won both events (discus and shot put). Lockhart was unbeaten in shot put competition last season.
Kayle St. Peter earned Delta's third individual title with her 17.62 time in the 100m hurdles.
Sophomore Jaspe Arias was a second-place winner in the 3200m run with a time of 15:05.29.
Winning fourth place honors were Chaycelynn Urquhart (3200m run - 15:35.76), Remi Baldwin (300H - 52.38) and the 4x800 meter relay team (Ahna Richards Hana Hollenbeck, Urquhart and Beki Atchley - 11:26.55).
Fifth place finishers for Delta included Katalina Rodriguez (high jump - 4-8), St. Peter (long jump - 15-5.75) and Reagan Clay (shot put - 30-11).