At Saturday's Western State Combined Invitational at Gunnison, the Cedaredge boys finished third overall with 101 points, behind Salida with 135 point and winner Gunnison's 165 points. The Cedaredge girls took second with 141 points, behind Buena Vista with 179 points.
Head coach Kirby Henderson described the 10-team, mostly 2A/3A meet as a "confidence booster" for his athletes. Henderson decided to skip the relays and give athletes more time to focus on individual events. They also didn't have to spend the better part of the day warming up for their next race.
Ty Grant had a big day, winning the 100-meter dash in a wind-assisted personal best time of 11.14 seconds, and picking up another win in the 200 with a time of 22.45 seconds. Grant also placed fourth in the long jump.
Danny Mendoza won the 110m hurdles in a personal best 16.48, and won the 300m hurdles in 42.88 seconds.
In the discus, freshman Jake Kuemmerlin won silver, hitting a personal best mark of 97 feet, 8.5 inches, and Kaleb Berardi took third with a throw of 93-1; in shot put, Berardi took second (36-10) and Kuemmerlin placed fourth (34-05).
Freshman Alex Barron's mark of 19-.05 in the long jump garnered a silver medal.
Among other placers, Sawyer Carey finished sixth in long jump, Andrew Richardson placed sixth in triple jump, and Cris Alejandre finished seventh in the triple jump.
In girls' competition, Cedaredge throwers had a great day at Gunnison. Grace Andrews won the shot put with a throw of 32 feet. Dalia Alejandre's mark of 30 feet gave her a third place finish, and Hannah Gardner finished fifth. In discus, Holly Jenkins won with a throw of 100-1.5 and Gardner placed third at 78 feet.
In high jump, Kammie Henderson finished in a three-way tie for first at 4-feet, 8 inches and Hannah Carlson and Makayla Kehmeier tied for sixth at 4-2.
Reganne McIntire earned silver in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.37. Aspen Furubotten took second in the 100 hurdles in 17.88 seconds and third in the 300 hurdles (53.87). In long jump, Baylee Harris took second with a mark of 14-7.5 and Sophie Andrews took third (13-8.75).
Kehmeier's mark of 29-11 earned her a silver in the triple jump, and Courtney Freeman finished third in the 400 (1:05.82).
Also scoring points, Makaylie Reed placed fifth in the 100m, and Kimmie Millholland placed sixth. In the 200, Hannah Carlson placed fifth and Ellison Black was seventh. In the 400, sisters Hannah and Grace Hatheway finished fourth and fifth, respectively. In 100 hurdles, Harris finished fourth and Taelor Mills placed sixth. And in the long jump, Carlson placed fourth.
The day included the college-level Western Mountaineer Bowl, giving high school athletes an opportunity to watch athletes from Western State and Colorado Mesa University in competition. Henderson said the meet was also different in that the fastest heats ran first, and the boys events were held before the girls events.
While it was a beautiful, cool day, it was also windy, said Henderson, and that affected some performances. Grant's time in the 200 was almost three-10ths of a second ahead of his previous best time. Because of the wind, the time won't count toward his state qualification. "That's unfortunate," said Henderson. But fortunately, Grant is already ranked first in state in both the 200 and 100.
Cedaredge travels Friday to New Castle for the annual Coal Ridge track and field meet.