A jump of 18-1 in long jump does wonders for an athlete's mindset. Cedaredge senior Kenzie Henderson was all smiles on Saturday after recording the personal best jump at the Frank Woodburn Invitational. Henderson, and her Bruins teammates, finished last weekend's track meet with 79 points and placed third in the team race.
Cedaredge's boys got a couple of wins to help them accumulate 56 points on the way to fifth place. Shane Gates won the 300m hurdles, and the 800m relay team (Tyler Cooper, Gates, Brendon Klaseen and Bryce Kla-seen) outran the rest of the field for its first-place finish.
Henderson's jump of 18-1 is the top mark in Class 2A competition for girls at this time.
In all, Cedaredge's girls won four events on Saturday. Three of those wins came in relay races, including the 800m sprint medley, 400m and 800m relays.
Members of the 800m medley team include junior Shayna Dale and seniors Nellie Freeman, Amber Jenkins and Kendall McHugh. Their winning time was 1:56.76. The finish of this race was spectacular with Freeman and Delta's Emily Nortnik laying out at the end in an effort to win the race. Both athletes sustained abrasions but were able to continue with the rest of their scheduled events for the day.
Dale, Henderson, Jenkins and McHugh combined efforts to post a winning time of 50.53 in the 400m relay.
Cedaredge's 800m relay team (Dale, Freeman, Henderson and McHugh) turned in a time of 1:49.18 to earn 10 points and first place.
The Bruins' 3200m relay team (Camie Baldozier, Hannah Hatheway, Megan Huggett and Kenna Signs) was the fourth best team in Saturday's race.
Cedaredge had a couple of third-place finishes with Dale jumping 16-06 in long jump and Katie Hyke tossing the shot put 35-07.
Hatheway earned fifth place in the 800m run with Baldozier placing sixth in the same event.
Other sixth-place finishes went to Jenkins in the 100m hurdles and Hyke in discus.
Signs (3200m) and Freeman (triple jump) placed seventh while McHugh finished eighth in the 100m dash.
Gates was not able to keep his winning ways in the 110 high hurdles due to Palisade's Jay Shuman clocking a 15.37 for the win. Gates had a 15.81 for second place.
In the 300 hurdles, Gates' 41.87 he recorded on Saturday is close to his 41.82 which is tops in the state for Class 2A boys.
The Bruins' 800m relay team had good competition from Grand Junction. Cedaredge edged the Tigers with a time of 1:34.97. Grand Junction's time was 1:35.18.
Bryce Klaseen added second-place points with his finish in the 200m dash in a time of 23.27. Ty Grant was fourth for the Bruins in both the 100 and 200m dashes.
Cedaredge's 400m and 1600m relay teams had fifth-place finishes and the 3200m relay team placed seventh.
The Bruins take both teams to Gunnison on April 23 where they resume competition in track and field.