There seems to be a growing number of success stories for Delta County track athletes these past few months. Hotchkiss' Katy Parsons and Jennifer Celis have demonstrated their success by sports staff writer Tamie Meck's recent story of competition between the two Hotchkiss standouts running in the same heat in an 800m event at the college level.
Add to that list of successful competitors the name of Skylyn Webb. Webb started her college career at Ft. Lewis in Durango and was playing basketball. Webb ended her basketball adventure for the Skyhawks and moved on to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs where she has earned some impressive credentials this past year while running track.
On more than one occasion, Webb has been named Athlete of the Month for UC-Colorado Springs for her prowess in the 800m run. She has several meet wins for the Mountain Lions and was the 2018 D ll National Champion in the women's 800m run with a time of 2:02.47.
Webb was one of 32 competitors this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa to vie for the 800m women's title in the USA Track and Field Championships on the campus of Drake University. Her opening round run of 2:03.00 earned Webb a 10th-place qualifying berth in the 16-person field of the semifinals on June 22.
Competition on Friday (June 22) was keen as Webb finished the day in 15th-place after running a 2:03.04. According to Webb's parents, Jim and Willyn, their daughter told them, "I had plenty left, but I got trapped and couldn't get out."
Only the top eight runners from Friday's two heats qualified to run in Sunday's finals.
Sunday's 800m finals was closely contested between eight superb athletes.
Adidas' Ajee Wilson won the title with a time of 1:58.18. Four other runners finished the race under two minutes; Raevyn Rogers (Nike) 1:58.57, Ce'Aira Brown (HOKA NJNYTC) 1:58.65, Kaela Edwards (Adidas) 1:59.68 and Charlene Lipsey (Adidas) 1:59.95.
With this season's competition completed, Webb looks to next year. A conversation with Webb's parents confirmed their daughter's goal of running again this coming year as she still has one year of eligibility remaining. After that, "She wants to turn pro when she's finished," noted Jim Webb.
Knowing that Webb has just begun her quest in the 800m competition bodes well for the talented former Delta runner. Having run the 800m maybe 10 times indicates she will have a little time to hone her strategies and become stronger and better conditioned for the 2019 season.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.