At Saturday's 20-team Demon Invitational track and field meet in Glenwood Springs the Paonia girls swept the long jump event, with senior Brianna Van Vleet winning gold with a mark of 17 feet, 11.75 inches. The mark also broke the meet record of 16-10.5 set by a Glenwood Springs athlete in 1985 -- the first year the Demon Invitational was held.
Emily Pieper took silver with a mark of 16 feet, 3 inches, and McKenna Palmer won bronze with a season-best jump of 16 feet even.
Paonia scored a total of 101 points, edging out Montrose with 99 points. Glenwood Springs placed third with 52 points. The long jumpers scored a combined 24 of those points.
Senior Sophia Anderson won three events, including the 100-meter dash in 12.99 seconds and the 200m dash in 26.51 seconds. She also won gold in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, 5.75 inches.
The 4x800 relay team had its best race of the season.
Nora Dransfield, Brooke Hillman, Randi Rapke and Poppy Lightfoot placed second overall. Their time of 10:32 is 15 seconds faster than their prior best time for the season and puts them in a solid second place, behind Telluride and ahead of Lyons, in Class 2A competition.
Also taking home silver was the 4x200 relay team of Anderson, Hillman, Pieper and Van Vleet. The team remains in first place in the state ahead of Saturday's meet, and its time of 1:47.43 is almost two seconds faster than its previous best finish.
Hillman topped all other Class 2A runners to finish third in the 800m run with a time of 2:31.96, and Van Vleet also took third in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.13.
The 4x400 team won bronze with a time of 4:22.72 and improved its season best time by almost nine seconds, and the 800m sprint medley relay team won bronze.
McKenna Palmer placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 34-02.5.
The 400-meter team of Kassidy Rapke, Palmer, Emily Miller and Emily Pieper placed fifth with a time of 53.73, and freshman Katya Schwieterman placed sixth in the 3200m run.