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Photo by Tamie Meck Micah Defield works to stay ahead of a runner from Ouray in the Hotchkiss men’s 1A/2A 3200m relay. Hotchkiss won the league title in the event.
Photo by Tamie Meck Delta’s Kyle Schotten heaves the shot to a fifth place finish last week at the Multi-League Championships in Grand Junction. Schotten threw the shot 42-0.
Photo by Wayne Crick Poppy Lightfoot placed second in triple jump.
Photo by Tamie Meck In the final leg of the girls 800m relay, Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor moves into first place against De Beque for the win. Firor also won the 200m dash and 400m hurdles and scored a second place in the 100m hurdles.

Hotchkiss men's 3200 relay, Firor win conference track gold

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Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor just keeps on winning.

At the Class 2A/1A Western Slope/San Juan league track meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction, Firor won all-conference first-team in the 200m dash with a time of 26.09 seconds, and in the 300m hurdles in 44.57.

Firor also won silver in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.83. Ranked first in Class 2A state rankings, Firor raced against No. 1 ranked 1A hurdler, Faith Novess of De Beque. A two-time state champion in the 300m hurdles, Firor said she didn't face a lot of competition in hurdles this season.

"I came out (of the blocks) a whole lot faster than I usually do," said Firor. "I usually take four steps in between hurdles, and I was taking three and a half." The change caused her to clip the second hurdle and stumble, but Firor managed to recover without going outside of her lane. "I don't know how," said Firor, who cleared the remaining hurdles and finished just under a second behind Novess.

Hotchkiss finished fifth with 79 points. The 800m relay team of Adair Ela, Shay Glaser, Elsie Vasquez and Firor won the league title with a time of 1:49.16.

In individual events, freshman Karlie Egging placed fifth in the 3200m run with a PR of 12:53.77, and finished seventh in the 1600m run with a PR of 5:57.07.

Vianney Mendoza won bronze in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 2 inches, and finished eighth in discus with a PR of 89-5.

Freshman Lottie Hollembeak placed fifth in triple jump with a personal-best mark of 32 feet, 8 inches. In high jump, Araina VenJohn cleared the bar at 4 feet, 5 inches to PR and place eighth.

Boys

In men's competition, the 3200m relay team of Robert Cochran, Micah Defield, Kenny Drbohlav and Saul Cortez won the league title with a time of 9:07.17.

Freshman Blaine Peebles set a new personal-record time of 44.17 seconds to win silver in the 300m hurdles. Peebles was seeded fifth heading into the final race. In the 110m hurdles, Peebles was seeded sixth and placed fourth with a PR time of 18.09 seconds.

The 1600m team of Cochran, DeField, Adam Smith and Saul Cortez won bronze with a time of 3:42.29; the 800m team of Cochran, Adam Smith, DeField and Peebles placed seventh; and the 400m team of Traycer Hall, Ian Van Horn, Drayden Taylor and Ethan Guy placed eighth.

Cochran secured a state qualification in the 800m run, placing third with a personal-best time of 2:05.64.

In the 200m dash, Oliver Mendoza placed eighth with a time of 24.77.

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