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Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Isaac Swoffer, right, leans for the win in last Saturday’s 100m dash finals in Cedaredge. Paonia’s Jeramiah Hillman, second from right, placed second and Ty Grant, second from left, was fourth for the Bruins. Paonia’s Taylor Walters, far left, was sixth in the race. Swoffer’s win was one of eight first-place finishes for Cedaredge.
Photo by Wayne Crick Kory Mills gets a good spin on the discus in this photo. Mills placed second in the event and won the shot put later in the day in Cedaredge.

Delta County track teams fared well at last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational track meet. Paonia's girls won the team title in their division with 168 points on the strength of five first-place finishes. The Eagles' Brianna Van Vleet set a new long jump record for the meet in one of Paonia's wins.

Cedaredge finished second with 108 points, including three first-place finishes and a record-tying performance from Kenzie Henderson in high jump.

Delta's Panthers were fifth with 71 points. Mykayla Music and Lily Lockhart were responsible for three first-place finishes on the day. Lockhart won both the shot and discus competitions while Music won the rugged 3200-meter run. Lockhart established a new discus record, passing one she set a year ago with a throw of 126-04. This year's effort was 134-04.

Hotchkiss' Mae Anderson claimed two first-place finishes with wins in the 800 and 1600-meter runs.

Cedaredge won the boys' title with 123 points, while Paonia scored 88 points to finish third. Delta was fourth (84) and Hotchkiss fifth with 61.5 points.

The Bruins finished competition with nine first-place finishes. Paonia had three first-place finishes for the day.

Delta's Kory Mills claimed top honors in shot put for the Panthers' lone first-place finish.

Hotchkiss' 800-meter relay team, (Zack Allen, Wade Katzdorn, Kayden Owens and Colton Peebles), earned 10 points for winning that race.

Paonia Eagles

Marisa Edmondson had another superb day for Paonia with wins in both the 100 (13.16) and 200-meter (26.69) dashes.

Brianna Van Vleet was also a double winner with victories in the 400-meter dash (1:00.74) and long jump (17-11.5). Her long jump mark erased Cedaredge's Rebecca Deal's old record of 17-00.75, set in 2012.

Paonia scored 23 points in the 100-meter dash competition with Edmondson's 10 points for first place, Sophia Anderson's eight points for second and Shira Woods' fourth place earning another five points.

Paonia's fifth win came in the 1600-meter relay where the Eagles had a winning time of 4:20.33.

Other second-place finishes for Paonia included McKenna Palmer (100 hurdles), Ashley Van Vleet (300 hurdles), Anderson (triple jump), Taylor Carsten (discus) and the 400 and 800-meter relay teams.

Third-place finishes went to Brooke Hillman (800m run), Ashley Van Vleet (high jump), Emily Pieper (long jump), Mc-Kenna Palmer (triple jump) and Emily Clawson (shot put).

Paonia Boys

Paonia's three first-place finishes came in long jump, triple jump and the 1600m relay.

Taylor Walters bested the field in long jump with his leap of 20-02.5, with Triston Mautz finishing seventh.

The Eagles claimed the top two places in triple jump with Austin Katzer winning the top spot with his leap of 40-03.75. Cameron Van Vleet was close behind with his second-place finish, 39-05.

Other second-place finishes were earned by Jeramiah Hillman in both the 100 and 200m dashes, Katzer in the 110m high hurdles and Warren Minerich in shot put.

Cedaredge Boys

The Bruin boys had a couple of double-winners in Bryce Klaseen and Shane Gates to account for four of the nine first-place finishes during last weekend's Bruins' Invitational.

Bryce Klaseen won the 200 and 400m dashes with times of 23.10 and 51.19, respectively. Ty Grant was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 while Jordan McMillan placed sixth in the 400.

Gates continued his win streak with victories in the 110m high hurdles (16.06) and the 300m intermediate hurdles (42.77). Drew Markley finished fourth in the 300m hurdles.

The Bruins picked up first-place points for wins in the 1600 and 3200m relay races. Cedaredge won the 1600 with a time of 3:37.77 and finished with an 8:51.10 to win the 3200m relay.

Cedaredge's 400m relay team was fourth.

Isaac Swoffer had a good day on the oval as well for the Bruins. He won the 100m dash (11.64) and placed second in long jump (20-01.75).

Brendon Klaseen finished fifth in Cedaredge's 800m run. Last week's paper had Bryce Klaseen finishing third in the 800 when it was actually Brendon who finished third in Hotchkiss.

Cedaredge Girls

Cedaredge's girls had wins in the 400 and 3200m relays last weekend. Amber Jenkins, Shayna Dale, Kenzie Henderson and Kendall McHugh combined efforts to run a 50.18 to win the 400m relay. In the 3200m relay, Camie Baldozier, Kylee Hanson, Megan Huggett and Hannah Hatheway produced a time of 10:55.24 to record the win.

Cedaredge's 1600m relay team, with the same runners as the 3200m relay team, placed sixth.

Individually, Kenzie Henderson tied the high jump record of 5-02, established by Delta's Katie Chapman in 2010, Cedaredge's Jheri Gates in 2009 and Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet in 2015.

The Bruins had two placers in the 100m dash with Amber Jenkins finishing second and McHugh fourth.

Baldozier and Nellie Freeman were third and seventh in the 1600m run.

Katie Hyke threw 38-07.25 to place second in shot put and sailed the discus 103-05 for a fourth-place finish in competition.

Jenkins placed fourth in the 100m hurdles and Emily Tullis was sixth.

Fifth-place finishes went to Hatheway in the 800m run and Shayna Dale in long jump.

Delta Girls

Lily Lockhart won her third straight competition in both the shot put and discus events last weekend in Cedaredge. Lockhart won the shot with a toss of 39-02.25 and was disappointed with her effort.

A throw of 134-04 in discus competition established a new Cedaredge Invitational record on Saturday. Lockhart has set two new records so far this season, and is lookng for more. Knowing she is in the news more than ever has some pressure. Asked about her prominence in media outlets and how that makes her feel brought this response. "I don't know exactly. It makes me more aware of how important my coaches and parents are for all their support and help. I don't go into a meet with setting more records on my mind. I just want to improve every time I compete."

Mykayla Music and Beki Atchley scored the top 18 points in last week's 3200m run. Music was first in a time of 12:45.11 and Atchley posted a time of 13:51.30.

Emily Nortnik's leap of 5-0 in high jump was good for second place, and the 800m medley relay team (Teona Martinez, Katalina Rodriguez, Nortnik and Music) was second with its time of 1:57.82.

Nortnik placed fourth in triple jump and the 3200m relay team (Atchley, Abbi Beckwith, Jade Mahaffey and Amelia Lousignont) also posted a fourth place finish.

Delta's 1600m relay team finished fifth and Martinez was sixth in 200m competition.

Delta Boys

Delta's lone first-place finish came from Kory Mills in shot put. His throw of 44-04.75 topped all comers in the event. Teammates Elijiah Valdez (3rd) and Chris Butler (6th) scored six and four points respectively to help the Panthers score 20 points in the event.

Mills was runner-up on discus and the 3200m relay team (Logan Reed, Jason Kaighn, Wade Stinson and Jacob Wear) ran to a second-place finish with a time of 8:55.74.

Three relay teams, 800 medley, 400m and 1600m, turned in third-place finishes for the Panthers.

Wear (400m) and John Ames (1600m) ran their way to fourth-place finishes. Ames was fifth in the 3200m run.

Other fifth place finishes belonged to Delta's 800m team, Tanner Webster (long jump) and Elijah Valdez (discus).

Hotchkiss Boys

Hotchkiss' 800m relay team (Zack Allen, Wade Katzdorn, Kayden Owens and Colton Peebles) highlighted the Bulldogs' performance in last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational. Their winning time was 1:38.13.

Second place finishes were earned by Sam Rodriguez (1600m) and Allen in high jump.

Hotchkiss' 1600m relay team and Cameron Matus (shot put) earned fourth place finishes.

Bulldog athletes earning fifth place finishes included Katzdorn (200m), Gabe Rodriguez (1600m) and the 800 medley relay team.

Peebles (200m) and Sam Rodriguez (3200m) scored points with their seventh place finishes.

The Bulldogs' 400m relay team placed eighth.

Hotchkiss Girls

Mae Anderson is beginning to hit her stride and showed the field how it's done with wins in both the 800 and 1600m runs in Cedaredge last Saturday. Anderson won the 800m run with a time of 2:32.34 and then recorded a 5:41.73 to win the 1600. Katy Parsons added fourth-place points in the 800m.

Parsons was second in the 400m (1:02.45) and had an eighth-place finish in high jump to complete her day in Cedaredge.

Hotchkiss' 1600m relay team was fourth and Mariah Griffith placed fifth in the 3200m run.

The Bulldogs earned sixth-place points in the 800m relay and the 800 medley and 400m relay teams finished with eighth-place points.

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