Last week's track meets marked the end of regular season competition and opportunities to earn top 18 berths in track and field.
Several athletes from both Cedaredge and Delta track teams managed to lower, or better their distances, in a last-ditch effort to earn top-18 berths in the coming state track meet, May 16-18.
Cedaredge High School's girls posted four personal-best records at last week's Tiger Invitational in Grand Junction.
Baylee Harris long jumped 16-0.25 to place sixth but still finds herself outside the top-18 marker with a 23rd-place ranking.
Megan Jenkins has been re-setting her PR marks in hurdles events most of the season. Saturday's 100m hurdles were no different as she set a new personal mark (15.82) to place first. That time has her ranked sixth in 3A 100m hurdlers. Teammates Harris (17.10, third place) and Aspen Furubotten (17.19, fifth place) were also top-eight winners at the Tiger on Saturday. Furubotten is ranked 15th (16.91) in 3A 100m hurdlers and Harris is 16th (16.92).
The Bruins' 800m relay team (Makayla Reed, Bailey Nelson, Kylin Mitchell and Reganne McIntire) posted a 1:51.0 to finish seventh at the Tiger, but is ranked 17th in 3A teams with that time.
Cedaredge's fourth PR was recorded in the 1600m relay by Harris, Mitchell, Baldozier and Megan Jenkins. Their time of 4:04.75 was the third fastest on Saturday and has the Bruins sitting third in Class 3A.
Cedaredge's 800m sprint medley team (Megan Gastineau, Reed, McIntire and Baldozier) finished fourth in 1:55.53 but is seeded fifth in 3A with a 1:52.67.
Harris, Reed, Furubotten and Gastineau posted a 52.88 for fourth place in the 400m relay at the Tiger and own a 14th place time of 51.76 in 3A 400m relay teams.
Kammie Henderson tied for seventh with Delta's Sara Geddes with a jump of 4-11. Henderson is ranked seventh in 3A after jumping 5-2 at the Frank Woodburn Meet earlier in the year.
There were three PRs recorded by Delta's girls at last week's Tiger Invitational.
Delta's 3200m relay team (Beki Atchley, Raelee McCurdy, Alexa Huff and Jessica Dexter) shaved roughly 28 seconds off a previous best time to place fourth at the Tiger with its new PR, 10:23.77. The new time has the Panthers ranked 13th in 3A 3200m relay teams.
With a new PR (1:55.10) Delta's 800m sprint medley team (Kaley St. Peter, Autumn Eddy, Marcy Schaal and McCurdy) finished third at the Tiger and is now listed 16th in 3A.
Junior Remi Baldwin placed second over the weekend in 300m hurdles competition. She set a new PR of 48.14 in preliminaries and then finished second in the finals with a time of 48.83. Her 48.14 ranks 14th in top-18 standings in 3A.
Baldwin is ranked 12th in 3A 100m hurdles with a 16.54.
Keely Porter finished third in discus (109-0) and fourth in shot put (36-5.25) at last weekend's Tiger Invitational. Porter is fifth in 3A shot putters (37-6) and sixth in discus (116-5).
Sara Geddes finished in a seventh-place tie in high jump (4-11) but has a leap of 5-1 to rank her 13th in Class 3A. Teammate Hannah Sterns is also in the top 18 of 3A jumpers at No. 16 with a 5-0 effort.
St. Peter jumped 16-6.5 in long jump to place third at the Tiger but has a 17-9 jump that has her sitting in fifth place in 3A ranks.
Delta's 400m relay team (Eddy, Kaelynn Porter, Tayler Huntley and McCurdy) turned in a 53.81 to place seventh in Grand Junction but is ranked 13th in 3A with a 51.67.
The Panthers' 800m relay team (Baldwin, Schaal, St. Peter and Atchley) ran a 1:48.41 and placed fifth at the Tiger. Delta is ranked 10th in 3A with a 1:48.35.
Though the 1600m relay team did not place in Grand Junction last week, it is ranked 10th in 3A standings with a 4:11.67.
Other qualifying members of Delta's girls team include Atchley in the open 400m dash (16th, 1:00.5) and Reagan Clay in shot put (ninth, 36-2).
Last weekend's Tiger Invitational produced three new personal best marks for Cedaredge's boys track team, one of which benefitted the Bruins in top 18 placements.
Cedaredge's 400m relay team (Wyatt Camp, Colby Rupp, Alex Barron and Josh Jenkins) made the single trip around the oval in 45.09 to set a new Bruins PR for a fourth place finish in Grand Junction. The new mark also has Cedaredge sitting in the 14th top 18 standings for the race in 3A.
Cedaredge's 800m relay team (Camp, Rupp, Barron and Zach McMillan) turned in a 1:34.37 to place second at the Tiger and is 12th in top 18 standings with a 1:33.84 from the Frank Woodburn meet.
The 1600m relay team (Barron, Jenkins, McMillan and Ryan Imhoff) did not run at the Tiger but is state qualified with its 3:31.75 and a sixth place rank in the top 18 in 3A.
Cedaredge's 3200m relay team was eighth in Grand Junction (9:26.99).
Jenkins, in addition to his relay duties, is also qualified for the 110 high hurdles with a 16.21 from his qualifying round on Friday at the Tiger. He finished sixth on Saturday (17.06) and was fifth in triple jump (40-10.5).
Imhoff competed over the weekend in 300m hurdles and was third (42.45) and has a 42.19 from the Huskey Meet to place him 10th in the top 18 field in 3A.
McMillan's PR (23.48) was good for second place in the 200m dash in Grand Junction. A 50.75 in the Montrose Meet has McMillan qualified in the sixth place of top 18 400m dash competitors in 3A.
Kaleb Berardi tossed the shot put 43-3.75 to land him a seventh place finish at the Tiger. Berardi will take a 17th place distance (45-4) to state next week.
Alternates for the Bruins at state will be Jasper Thomas and Brysen Harris for the boys and Ellison Black and Makaylie Reed for the girls.
Delta's boys posted four new PR marks at last weekend's Tiger Invitational. Three of the four were advantageous in placing athletes in 3As top 18 standings.
John Ames set new marks in both the 1600m and 3200m runs and established times that aided his placement for state qualifying in those events. Ames' time for the 1600m was 4:34.93 and has him resting in 13th and his 10:06.74 in the 3200m is the 13th best mark in 3A for that race.
Delta's 3200m relay team (Shad Lewis, Hunter Goff, Andrew Toole and Ames) set a new season mark of 8:35.23 last weekend and has the Panthers hanging onto 18th place in 3A standings.
The Panthers also fared well in the 400m and 800m relays. Kula Moo, Ed doh Htoo, Dah Wah and Alexis Fausto circled the oval in 44.58 to finish second and their 44.56, from the Montrose Meet, has Delta ranked seventh in top 18 for that event. The Htoo, Colton Johnson, Noah Nortnik and Martin Corral Rios team ran a 1:37.14 and had a sixth place finish in Grand Junction. The foursome has a 1:34.18 from the Montrose meet that has them qualified in the number 14 spot in 3A.
Gauge Lockhart, who is also playing baseball for the Panthers this season, has 3A state qualifying distances for both the shot put (45-7) and discus (138-1) based on his throws in the Palisade Frank Woodburn Meet. Lockhart is 15th in the shot put and 11th in discus in 3A.