The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley team had a golden start to the track season Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. Jordan Tamayo, Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub and Fatima Rodriquez earned their first gold medal of the season with a time of 1 minute, 57.45 seconds.
The foursome also took silver in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:55.61.
Since handoffs take practice, it helps that three of the four sprinters are juniors who competed at state last year in the medley and the 4x200. The fourth, Firor, is a sophomore. On Saturday Firor also won the 300m hurdles in 50.30, and cleared 4-8 to place fourth in the high jump.
The 4x400 relay team of Gaub, Morgan Miller, Tamayo and Margaret Parsons won bronze (4:47.80).
Hotchkiss scored 51 points to place seventh among the 11 competing teams at Delta. Montrose scored 161 points for the win.
Gaub, Rodriquez, junior Jenny McDonald and freshman Elsie Vasquez placed third in the 4x100 relay. Parsons took bronze in the high jump.
The girls are a young team with one senior, eight juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen on the roster. In last year's state meet, Tamayo was the only underclassman to run on four relays, including the silver-winning 4x400 team.
Also on this year's roster are senior Ally Regelman; junior Lily Kuban; sophomores Carson Collins, Katie Powers, Lexi Wrich, Ruby Shiflet and Mariah Griffith; and freshmen Jade Miller and Makahla Johnson.
The Hotchkiss track is undergoing a resurfacing and is expected to be completed this summer. The annual Hotchkiss Bulldog Invitational meet will be held March 25, at Panther Stadium at Delta High School.