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Photo by Tamie Meck From left, John Ames of Delta (1), Ronald Clements of Roaring Fork (2), Joe Coburn of Crested Butte (3) and Ethan Bartlett of Paonia (4) start the 1600m run at Hotchkiss. Ames won the event, followed by Clements, Bartlett third, and Sh

Delta senior John Ames took an early lead in the 1600m run at Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational meet, and never looked back. In a highly competitive early-season race the senior pulled ahead of the pack in the first 200 meters and never relinquished the lead, winning the event in 4:55.71 -- a full four seconds ahead of second place.

Teammate Shad Lewis placed fourth in the 1600 with a time of 5:02.64.

The Delta boys scored 52 points to finish fifth at the 17-team meet. While Ames had the only gold-medal performance for the Panthers, they had several top-five finishes.

The 3200m relay team of Lewis, Hunter Goff, Andrew Toole and Ames outpaced all but Paonia to win silver with a time of 9:10.06.

Panthers mid-distance coach Kayley Archuleta said that Goff, a freshman, was thrown into the race at the last minute. "He did great," said Archuleta.

Ames also placed third in the 800m run with a personal record time of 2:08.47.

Junior Evan Baier finished fourth in triple jump with a mark of 37 feet. 0.5 inches, and teammate Kula Moo finished seventh (36-3.25) for two points in team scoring.

Kiril Ortega cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to place fifth in high jump competition.

Brandon Butler placed fourth in discus with a throw of 105-5; and Kyle Schotten placed seventh in shot put with a throw of 36-7.57.

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