The Hotchkiss girls 800m sprint medley team.
When Kaiya Firor made the decision her sophomore year to run track at Hotchkiss High School, she went all in, setting her sights on winning the 400-meter dash.
On Saturday, Firor topped that goal at the Colorado State Track and Field Meet at Jefferson County Stadium, winning the Class 2A 100-meter high hurdles, 300m hurdles and 400m dash.
In the 110-meter high hurdles junior Jace Peebles won silver with a time of 15.97 seconds. "My start was really good and I was able to get to that first hurdle with enough speed to just carry me all the way through," said Peebles, who was ranked eighth going into the meet and finished sixth in preliminaries with a personal best time of 16.83 seconds.
The Paonia men's track team won two silver medals and scored 29 points to finish ninth at the Colorado State Track and Field Championships.
The 3200-meter relay team of Logan Green, Simon Cox, Ethan Bartlett and Harley Ewert cut 20 seconds off its season-best performance to place second with a time of 8:22.33.
For all the long hours of sacrificing the comforts of life, the state's top 18 athletes competed one last time in track and field for the ultimate bragging rights for speed and distance in the state of Colorado. The Colorado State Track and Field Championships ran its course this past weekend with local high schools vying for top honors in Lakewood at Jefferson County Stadium.
Delta High School's girls track team had a successful season with personal best efforts coming throughout the year.
Junior Remi Baldwin was one of those athletes who constantly strived to create new personal bests at each competition.
Last week's track meets marked the end of regular season competition and opportunities to earn top 18 berths in track and field.
Several athletes from both Cedaredge and Delta track teams managed to lower, or better their distances, in a last-ditch effort to earn top-18 berths in the coming state track meet, May 16-18.
At Saturday's Cardinal Invitational meet at Grand Valley High School, North Fork track teams took one last shot at improving times and qualifying for this week's Colorado State Track and Field Championships. The meet runs this Thursday-Saturday at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
As the track season nears the end of regular season scheduling, teams were looking to find better marks and bolster state qualifying times and distances for potential state participation May 16-18. Teams from 5A-1A participated in the Multi-League Championships in Grand Junction, May 3-4.
In 2A/1A competition, Paonia athletes placed in the top eight in 25 events and scored 128.5 points to place third out of 26 1A-4A teams, and first in the 2A/1A Western Slope/San Juan league. Over the two-day meet the girls set 17 season and personal (PR) records.
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.
Results for Cedaredge (CED), Delta (DEL), Olathe (OLA) and Paonia (PAO) from the Montrose Invitational track meet, held April 27. Olathe and the four Delta County teams will compete this Friday and Saturday at the multi-league championships at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 42 points to place seventh Friday at the 17-team Clint Wells Invitational at Moffat County High School.
Senior Kaiya Firor won two individual events.
In an early-week track meet, Cedaredge High School's track teams competed in a nine-team field at the Battle Mountain Huskies Invitational held on April 16 in Edwards.
Cedaredge's girls finished competition with 120 points to secure a second place finish and the boys were sixth with 86 points.
Last Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet attracted 26 mostly 2A and 3A teams, including Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, and about 800 student-athletes. The weather was perfect, and the day saw several meet, personal and school records fall.
Last Thursday, Delta High School hosted its second Delta Twilight Invitational track and field meet. The only teams invited are the four Delta County schools and Olathe.
Both the girls and boys Cedaredge track teams finished second in this year's Delta Invitational held April 11. Olathe joined Delta County schools Cedaredge, Delta Hotchkiss and Paonia for the twilight meet which began at 3 p.m.
The Hotchkiss girls won five events and scored 47 points to place third at the Delta Twilight meet.
Freshman Karlie Egging won the 3200-meter run in a PR of 13:16.20; Kaiya Firor broke her 2018 meet record in both hurdle events, winning the 300m hurdles in 45.61 seconds and the 100m hurdles in 16.89 seconds.
Delta High School hosted the Delta Invitational track meet, including Cedaredge, Delta, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Olathe on April 11. Both the boys and girls teams won their respective divisions with Cedaredge finishing second, Hotchkiss third, Paonia fourth and Olathe fifth.
Delta's girls and boys were in Parachute for the Cardinal Open April 2 and competed in the Frank Woodburn on Saturday.
Delta's girls won their third track meet of the season with 98.5 points in Grand Valley and the boys finished ninth with 33 points.
Cedaredge's boys track team finished third at Grand Valley's Cardinal Open last Tuesday and the girls finished fourth. The boys scored 75 points and the girls finished the meet with 90.5 points.
Cedaredge High School's boys and girls track teams enjoyed sunshine and warm temperatures while competing in last Saturday's Frank Woodburn Track Meet at Stocker Stadium.
Sophomore Kammie Henderson brought home the Bruins only top finish with a jump of 5-2 to win the high jump competition.
Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor was at it again last weekend in Cedaredge. The stellar athlete had a hand in four first-place finishes for the Bulldogs which scored 69 points to finish third in the team race at the Cedaredge Invitational last Saturday.
Paonia's track teams were third in boys competition and tied for fifth with Grand Valley in the girls division at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational.
Snow and cold greeted those in attendance in the early hours but eventually the sun came out to melt what little snow had accumulated and temperatures rose to a bearable degree of acceptance by mid-morning and beyond.
Last weekend's Cedaredge Invitational track meet began with a snow storm and cold temperatures and finished under partly cloudy skies. Prior to the start of the track meet there was a dedication and re-naming of the track complex in Cedaredge.
The Cedaredge girls scored 67 points to tie for third place with Paonia Saturday at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
The Delta women's track team placed in the top three in eight events and scored 95.5 points to win the 19th annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet Saturday.
Delta placed in the top four in all five relays, starting with a first-place time of 10:49.54 in the 3200-meter relay for Haylee Chamblin, Alexa Huff, Jessica Dexter and Beki Atchley.
After breaking the Delta Panther meet record in the 200-meter dash a week earlier, Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor had another record-breaking day Saturday at the 19th annual Hotchkiss Invitational.
In the 300-meter hurdles event, Firor did more than win.
Delta senior John Ames took an early lead in the 1600m run at Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational meet, and never looked back. In a highly competitive early-season race the senior pulled ahead of the pack in the first 200 meters and never relinquished the lead, winning the event in 4:55.71 -- a full four seconds ahead of second place.
Cedaredge won three events and scored 94.5 points to place second out of 17 teams at Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
In individual events, in his first ever hurdles event, third-year track team member Joshua Jenkins won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.07 seconds.
Senior Sabrina Leighton had the only gold-medal performance of the day for Paonia, winning the shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 9.5 inches. Leighton also finished fourth in the discus with a new personal-record distance of 91-06.
Paonia won three events and scored 62 points to finish fourth Saturday at the Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
Ethan Bartlett, Simon Cox, Logan Green and Harley Ewert won the 3200m relay with a time of 8:53.74, putting Paonia in first place in Class 2A in Top-18 times.
Hotchkiss senior Kaiya Firor started the track season off with a record performance at the Delta Panther Invitational track meet. Firor, who set the meet record in the 400m dash as a junior, won the 200-meter dash, breaking both a personal and 2010 meet record with a time of 25.85 seconds.
Delta High School's girls track team had multiple top-five finishes to earn last weekend's team title at its own Delta Invitational with 99 points. There were 15 teams in the field, including Cedaredge (third - 73 points) and Hotchkiss and Paonia who tied for fourth place with 70 points each. Olathe was ninth with 41 points.
Both the girls and boys track teams from Cedaredge High School finished third at last weekend's Delta Invitational track meet. The girls scored 73 points and the boys recorded 66 points for their day's work.
If the opening track meet of the season is an indication, the Paonia boys relay teams should have a good year after placing in the top three in three of four races.
The 4x800-meter relay team of Alejandro Garcia, Logan Green, Ethan Bartlett and Harley Ewert opened the meet with a second-place time of 9:01.77.
Cedaredge High School's track and field coach, Kirby Henderson, was honored at the state level this past weekend. Henderson will be entering his 21st year as the head coach at Cedaredge High School and has been a driving force in the success Cedaredge has had in track and field the past two decades.
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.
The following eight members of the 2018 Cedaredge boys track and field team were honored by being named to this year's Class 2A All-State First Team in track and field by the Colorado High School Activities Association:
Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor was named Class 2A co-Athlete of the Year by the CHSAA. Firor repeated her 2017 performance, winning the 400-meter dash and 300m hurdles.
Skylyn Webb, a graduate student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, won the women's 800m run at the 2018 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field event in Charlotte, N.C. She is the first women's outdoor track and field student-athlete at UCCS to win a national championship.
All through high school, Sam Rodriguez dreamed of playing college basketball. As a senior point guard he averaged 11.3 points per game for the Hotchkiss Bulldogs and was named All-State honorable mention.
In an "It's a small world" story, two former high school running mates found themselves on the same track once again. Hotchkiss High School alumnae and former running teammates Katy Parsons and Jenny Celis competed against one another at the Division I Big 12 Outdoor Championships held May 12-14 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
Ty Grant knew early on that he had natural speed. A 27-time individual placer during his four years of track competition at Cedaredge High School, he discovered it after winning a lot of sprint races in junior high school and at the Hershey's Track and Field Games, considered the Olympics of junior high track.
In last week's DCI, the members of the 4x100 relay team for Cedaredge High School were misidentified in a photo.
Cyrus Malek-Madani was ranked fifth in discus heading into last weekend's Class 2A state track and field meet. But in his third and final qualifying throw the senior surprised everyone with a career-best throw of 148 feet.
In a repeat of her 2017 performance, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor brought home two gold medals, winning the 400-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles events at the Class 2A state track meet in Lakewood.
Firor finished the 400m a full second ahead of second place finisher Gracie Bradfield of Meeker.
This year's Colorado State Track and Field Championships concluded last Saturday with Cedaredge High School's boys track team just short of a third straight team title in the 2A division. Resurrection Christian was the 2018 boys champions with 63 points while the Bruins and Lyons tied for second with 58 points.
The Paonia girls medaled in 10 events and scored 41 points to place sixth at the Colorado High School Activities Association State Track and Field Meet.
After placing 16th as a freshman, third as a sophomore, and second as a junior, Mckenna Palmer won the triple jump.
The Hotchkiss boys had their best showing in recent years at the state track meet, placing in the top five in three events and scoring 43 points to place fifth overall in Class 2A.
The last time the boys did this good was in 2013 when both teams placed third, said head coach Kelly Cowan.
At the May 11 Cedaredge Bruin Invitational, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor re-set the meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 45.5 seconds.
The defending state 2A champion in the 300 hurdles, Firor's performance took more than a second off of the 2013 record of 46.17 seconds held by Abi Grace McGee of Montrose.
In the final state qualifying track meet of the season the Paonia girls scored 141 points to win the 11-team Cedaredge Bruin Invitational.
Brooke Hillman won the 800m in a season-best time of 2:27.83.
There weren't a lot of first-place finishes for the Bruins in either the girls or boys division at last Saturday's Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track meet. Both teams, however, scored enough points to finish third in their divisions.
Everyone talks about the weather and the affect it has on people. Cedaredge High School's boys track team noted last weekend's weather was some of the best of the season. With the exception of a few distance runners, who said it was too hot, most track participants were grateful to have sunshine and gentle breezes for most of the two-day track meet.
Over the two-day meet the boys and girls teams combined set about 40 personal records, said Paonia head coach Brian Mitchem. "Some of them were what we'd been waiting for."
The Hotchkiss boys scored 88 points to place second in the 2A Western Slope League.
Senior Darren Young was the sole gold-medalist for Hotchkiss.
Delta High School's track teams collected some season best marks at last weekend's Western Slope Multi League Meet in Grand Junction.
Delta's boys scored 77 points to finish fourth in the 11-team 3A field while the Panther girls picked up 81.25 points to place sixth in their 3A division.
In sprint relays, a few seconds can make the difference between a good race and a great one. On Saturday, the 800-meter sprint medley relay team of Yasmine Gaub, Elsie Vasquez, Jordan Tamayo and Kaiya Firor ran a great race, cutting 6.5 seconds off its prior best time to finish second in 1:53.39.
Delta's girls and boys scored in the top five at last weekend's Montrose Invitational track meet. The girls placed fourth with 68 points in a field of 23 teams.
The Cedaredge Bruins were participants at last weekend's Montrose Invitational. Glenwood Springs won the 22-team field in the boys' division with 133 points and Cedaredge finished sixth with 44 points.
The Paonia girls 3200 relay team of Randi Rapke, Poppy Lightfoot, Brooke Hillman and Tawny Roberts dominated at Montrose.
At the race's first exchange, Lightfoot was a close third and a few meters back from Olathe and Crested Butte when she handed the baton to freshman Tawny Roberts.
The Hotchkiss boys track and field team won two events last Thursday at the Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet. Senior Sam Rodriguez finished more than seven seconds ahead of the pack to win the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds.
Both Cedaredge track teams had impressive performances at last Thursday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet in New Castle. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday, but was moved back a day to avoid a winter storm passing through the region.
Paonia senior Mckenna Palmer continues to dominate the triple jump event, where she's ranked first in state in Class 2A top-18 standings. At last Thursday's Coal Ridge invitational Palmer won gold in the triple jump with a mark of 35 feet, one-quarter inch.
In the April 18 DCI, a top-three placer was inadvertently omitted from results of the Delta Twilight meet held April 13.
Could the 800-meter sprint medley relay be on its last leg?
Traditionally a girls' relay, the sprint medley has been a state track event for decades.
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.
While the Paonia track teams didn't score a lot of points at Saturday's Demon Invitational track meet at Glenwood Springs -- the girls placed seventh with 48 points and the boys finished 11th with 16 points at the 19-team meet -- multiple Paonia athletes set personal best times, heights and distances.
Of the four girls teams at the Delta Twilight Invitational, Cedaredge had 31 top-three placers and won eight events to take first with 111 points, followed by Delta with 90 points. Olathe finished third with 32 points, and Hotchkiss placed fourth with 31 points.
At Friday's four-team Delta Twilight track and field meet, Hotchkiss scored 83 points and won six events to win the meet. Delta was second with 76 points, Cedaredge third with 60, and Olathe finished fourth with 27.
Senior Ty Grant signed a letter of intent to participate in the Colorado Mesa University's track program on April 11. Cedaredge High School's student body gathered to watch the signing ceremonies with Athletic Director Brandon Milholland reading a brief statement on behalf of Grant's achievements at CHS.
Despite a forecast of winter-like weather and high winds, last Friday was almost perfect for the Delta Twilight track meet. The tiny "quad" twilight meet, which began at 3 p.m., was the first of its kind for the area since the days of the annual Delta County meets.
Delta High School was highly successful at last week's Grand Valley Open on April 3.
The boys finished the meet with 97 points to outdistance the 12-team field while Delta's girls finished in second place with a total of 84 points to Cedaredge's 117.
Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young shot to the top of the Class 2A state rankings with a winning throw in the shot put of 48 feet, 2 inches at the Grand Valley Cardinal Open. Young is a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and placed third at state his junior year.
Cedaredge High School has had successful track performances the past few weeks. The Bruin girls won last week's Grand Valley Open (April 3) with 117 points and tied for third with Fruita Monument at Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational with 85 points.
At the April 4 Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet, the Paonia boys' 3200m relay team took first with a time of 8 minutes, 48.08 seconds. At Saturday's Frank Woodburn Invitational the team of Caden Meilner, Ethan Bartlett, Harley Ewert and Logan Green took nine seconds off that mark, placing fourth overall and first among Class 2A teams with a time of 8:39.98.
The Paonia girls track team scored 74 points last Wednesday evening to place fourth at the 13-team Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet. On Saturday the Eagles finished fifth with 69.5 points at Palisade High School's Frank Woodburn Invitational at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 99 points to finish second at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational track meet.
Hotchkiss won two events and placed in the top five in 10 other events.
The Paonia girls track team made its best showing of the season, scoring 93 points to place third at Saturday's Cedaredge Invitational.
Senior Mckenna Palmer set a mark of 34 feet, 6.5 inches to win the long jump.
The Delta Panthers had a split team for last weekend's track competitions.
Delta's varsity team traveled to Grand Junction for the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium while its junior varsity squad was at Cedaredge's Invitational track meet on Saturday.
Cedaredge High School hosted the Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet last Saturday, March 31. Fourteen teams participated in girls competition and 15 registered to take part in the boys competition.
The Paonia girls placed fourth with 63.5 points Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
In individual events, Mckenna Palmer finished second in the long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 8.5 inches, and placed third in the 100m hurdles (17.40).
The Hotchkiss girls scored 47 points to place fifth Saturday at their annual home invitational track meet.
Kaiya Firor won three events and finished fourth in another.
Delta High School girls track team earned two first-place finishes in Hotchkiss last Saturday. One was an individual competition with junior Kaley St. Peter winning the long jump for the second straight week.
The Delta Panther boys scored 72 points to finish sixth in a field of 18 teams at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet. Montrose won the team title with 91 points.
Last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet saw some familiar names atop leaderboards. In girls competition, Montrose took home the meet title with 131 points and Cedaredge High School was a distant second with its 89 points.
Montrose won last weekend's boys Hotchkiss Invitational team title with 91 points. Host school Hotchkiss placed fourth with 72 points.
Elijah Patrick had the sole win of the day for the Bulldogs, clearing 6 feet, 2 inches to tie for first in the high jump.
Teammate Jacob Stucker cleared 6-2 to place fourth overall.
The Cedaredge boys track team is off to a good start. At Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational, the defending 2A state champion Bruins won three events and placed in the top three in five more.
Danny Mendoza had two of those top three finishes.
The Hotchkiss girls opened the track season with 48 points and a tie for fourth place with Telluride Saturday at the annual Delta Panther track and field invitational.
Junior Kaiya Firor won the 400-meter dash in 59.8 seconds.
The Paonia boys track team finished in the top three in two events and scored 29 points at Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational.
In the 400-meter dash, junior Harley Ewart took second with a time of 55.09 seconds.
In their first meet of the season, the Paonia girls scored 41 points to place sixth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.
Among the top Paonia placers, senior Mckenna Palmer won the triple jump with a wind-assisted (3.4 meters per hour) distance of 32 feet, 4 inches.
Delta High School's girls track team scored the bulk of its 104 points with wins coming in first through third place finishes (72 points).
Delta's boys scored 56 of their 73 points with first and second place finishes on Saturday.
What does it take to be a top college athlete? Many Delta High School faculty members and family and friends, in Delta know the answer to that question.
Paonia High School alumna Ashley Vanvleet, a sophomore member of the Idaho State University Bengals track team, won her first title of the season. Vanvleet scored 3,413 points to win the pentathlon at the Snake River Open, held Jan. 12 and 13 in Pocatello, Idaho.
Former Delta High School student athlete Skylyn Webb competes on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs women's indoor track and field team. Webb recently earned NCAA Division ll provisional qualifying marks.
Delta High School track coach Matt Kevan remains highly excited about this past track season. His Panthers did not win a track title but showed steady growth throughout the season.
The Hotchkiss girls finished seventh overall at the CHSAA 2A state track meet. Of their 35 total points, Kaiya Firor has her name on all of them.
If seeding was any indication, the Paonia girls track team had a shot at winning its fifth state track title by under 10 points. Instead, it dominated, Lady Eagles style, outscoring its closest competitors by 36 points to win the Class 2A state title.
The Cedaredge boys won their second consecutive 2A team title with 97 points, a full 34 points ahead of runner-up Wiggins. Last year's seniors, including Shane Gates and Bryce Klaseen, set the tone for this year's team, said head coach Kirby Henderson.
With chances for more points, and a higher place finish, Delta High School's track teams scratched seven events in order to reach home in time to attend graduation ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
Delta's women scored 10 points during Saturday's competition and placed 23rd in a field of 38 teams.
At the 2017 Class 2A State Track and Field Meet, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen topped off a four-year career in the high jump with a silver medal after clearing the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches. Allen placed eighth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior.
While some athletes were hoping for one last chance to hit that state-qualifying height, distance or time last Saturday at the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track meet, Brian Mitchem's girls team, for the most part, took it easy. Their relay teams are already sitting comfortably in top-18 rankings and were mostly working on handoffs.
Cedaredge's track team culminated a successful regular season with 16 boys and 13 girls qualified to attend this week's state track meet in Denver.
Last weekend's Bruin Invitational was a runaway win for Montrose's boys (219) with Cedaredge finishing second with 136 points.
Competition for final spots in the field of 18 was keen around the state last weekend with athletes looking to make one last bid to make it to state.
Montrose's girls claimed the team title in Cedaredge with 181 points while the Bruins finished fourth with 81 points.
This week two of Paonia's throwers are making their second and final trip to state. Seniors Warren Minerich and Blake Benson are both ranked in the top five in their respective event -- Minerich in shot put and Benson in discus.
Since they started throwing back in middle school, qualifying for state their senior year has been their goal all along.
Ever since the Colorado High School Activities Association did away with regional meets and began qualifying athletes for state track and field based on the top 18 times, heights and distances, the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational has marked the last chance to qualify for state.
The 4x800m team of Zack Allen, Gabe Rodriguez, Myles Zouette and Sam Rodriguez ran for a season-best time of 8 minutes, 33.20 seconds to win the event. The time moved the team up from fifth to third place in state top-18 rankings, behind Cedaredge and Burlington.
With some divisions showing some late movement in top 18 contestants for this year's state track meet in Lakewood, the actual list of participants may change as the week progresses.
Delta women's track team has battle all season long with some pleasant results.
The 12 boys teams participating in last week's 1A/2A league meet in Grand Junction were dominated by Cedaredge's Bruins. Cedaredge scored 170 points to outdistance the nearest competition by 89 points.
The four runners on a relay team can all be the fastest on the track, but a single bad handoff can mean the difference between silver and gold.
The Delta boys 4x100m relay team put speed and good handoffs together to win the 3A Western Slope League title Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
A number of personal best performances helped Delta's Panthers' track team finish third at last week's 3A WSL meet. Delta scored 93 points to finish third behind Coal Ridge (142) and MoffatCounty (98).
As Paonia's top distance runner, junior Caden Meilner can run all out for more than three and a half miles in a single day. You might say he's driven.
The Hotchkiss girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team posted its season-best time of 1 minute, 54.46 seconds to win silver at the 2A/3A Western Slope League track meet. Hotchkiss also took silver in the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.52.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 45 points to place eighth at the 1A/2A Western Slope League meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
In his first year in the 800-meter run, junior Sam Rodriguez took more than 10 seconds off of his season-best time to win bronze.
On his final throw in district shot put competition Saturday, Darrin Young hit a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 2A/1A WSL district title. "It was a good throw," said Young, a soft-spoken junior.
The Paonia girls track team won eight events and were runners up in six more events to win the 2A/1A Western Slope district track and field meet, held Friday and Saturday at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
Sophia Anderson won the district title in the triple jump with a mark of 36 feet, 9 inches.
There were 11 Class 3A schools represented at last week's 3A WSL track meet held at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Coal Ridge ran away with the team title after scoring 150 points. Delta High School's girls finished with 104 points to place second.
The Hotchkiss boys earned three silver medals at last Friday's Montrose Invitational track and field meet.
Sam Rodriguez placed second in the 1600-meter run with a new personal-best time of 4 minutes, 45.80 seconds.
Cedaredge attended the Montrose Invitational track meet last Friday. The Bruins' boys scored 91.5 points and recorded three first place finishes on their way to a second place finish.
Delta's boys had several top three finishes, which helped the Panthers score 58 points, and place fifth, at last Friday's Montrose Invitational.
For the girls, another superb day from Lily Lockhart, Kaley St. Peter and Emily Baier helped the Panthers score 87 points and place second in the team race.
With high temperatures in the mid-40s, last Friday's annual Montrose Invitational wasn't the best meet for setting new speeds, distances and heights, but it didn't slow Paonia senior Sophia Anderson.
Anderson won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, resetting her personal best marks in both events.
A large field meant keen competition for Cedaredge's track teams at Coal Ridge last week. The Bruins boys scored 98 points to finish second in the 19-team field while the girls finished seventh with 49 points in a 17-team field.
At Friday's annual Coal Ridge Invitational track and field meet at New Castle, sophomore Kaiya Firor won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.85 seconds. Firor also took more than two seconds off of her prior best time to win the 300m hurdles event in 48.16 seconds.
In track and field competition, a fraction of a second or an inch can mean the difference between a win and a loss. To qualify for the Colorado High School Activities Association's state track meet, athletes must be ranked in the top 18 in the state in their respective class.
At Saturday's Western State Colorado University -- Gunnison High School Combined Invitational track meet Saturday, the Paonia girls track team set 10 season-best marks. In the process the four-time defending state 2A champions scored 134 points to win the 13-team event. Class 2A Buena Vista scored 130 points to finish second, and 3A Gunnison placed third with 111 points.
Delta High Schools track teams competed against some 5A to 3A schools at last week's Phil Wertman track meet at Stocker Stadium. The boys team finished sixth in a tough 12-team field. Delta's girls had a good day as well against the big schools and scored 57 points for a seventh-place finish.
At Saturday's 20-team Demon Invitational track and field meet in Glenwood Springs the Paonia girls swept the long jump event, with senior Brianna Van Vleet winning gold with a mark of 17 feet, 11.75 inches. The mark also broke the meet record of 16-10.5 set by a Glenwood Springs athlete in 1985 -- the first year the Demon Invitational was held.
The Cedaredge boys track team placed fourth in a field of 20 teams at the Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs, and Cedaredge's girls finished 15th, out of 21 teams, with 15 points.
Returning state placers Blake Benson and Warren Minerich continue to be consistent point-earners for the Paonia boys track team.
At Saturday's 37th annual Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs Saturday, Minerich placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 11 inches.
Last weekend's Demon Invitational was a challenge for the Panthers. There were 21 teams in the girls division and 20 in the boys.
Delta's girls finished eighth with 34 points and the boys scored 22 points to place 11th.
Despite missing its junior teammates due to state testing, the Paonia girls track team scored 111 points to win the 15-team Frank Woodburn Track Meet in Grand Junction Saturday.
Senior Sophia Anderson won two individual events. Her winning time of 26 seconds flat in the 200-meter dash broke the 2015 school record of 26.14 set by Marisa Edmondson.
Cedaredge's girls scored 101 points in Parachute and placed third behind Delta and Grand Valley on April 4.
The Bruins scored 35 points Saturday (April 8) to place ninth in the 15-team field in the Frank Woodburn at Stocker Stadium.
At last Wednesday's Grand Valley Cardinal Open track meet in Parachute, the Paonia boys scored 55.5 points to place fifth.
Junior Caden Meilner won silver in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:55.81 seconds, and placed fifth in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.19.
The throwers were the big point winners for Hotchkiss Saturday at the Eagle Valley Invitational meet.
Junior Darrin Young had the winning throw of 44 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, and added almost 20 feet to his prior personal best for a winning throw of 126 feet, 6 inches.
Delta's girls track team was the class of the field last week in Parachute. The Panthers scored 120 points to capture the team title in an 11-team field.
Delta's 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x800 relay teams earned first place finishes in an 11-team field last week in Parachute at the Cardinal Open. Beau Byers duplicated the three gold medal performances by the relay teams with a trio of victories in his specialties, 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.
Cedaredge's 4x200 relay team has the boys holding the edge in most races they run in. The team of Isaac Swoffer, Drew Markley, Brendon Klaseen and Ty Grant are unbeaten so far in the three meets they have competed in.
Kirby Henderson's boys track team had most everything going the right direction last Saturday as the Bruins scored 148 points to win their own Cedaredge Invitational track meet.
There were 17 teams entered and all four Delta County track teams finished in the top 10.
Lily Lockhart continues to be in the limelight as she dominated in the shot put and discus events last weekend in Cedaredge. Lockhart chucked the shot put 43'2.25" to break Delta's Bryanna Music's old mark of 42'1" set back in 2014.
Last week's Cedaredge Invitational track meet was a successful one for the Delta Panthers. The boys teams scored 112 points to place second and Cedaredge was first with 148 points.
The Paonia girls scored 81 points to tie with Coal Ridge for first place at the annual Cedaredge Invitational.
The girls won four individual events.
Cedaredge's girls scored 45 points to place 11th at last week's Cedaredge Invitational. Coal Ridge and Paonia scored 81 points each to share the team title on Saturday. Meeker was third (77) and Delta fourth (75) in the 17-team field.
The Hotchkiss girls scored 34 points at Cedaredge. Hotchkiss placed in four relays, with Kaiya Firor, Jasmine Gaub, Fatima Rodriguez and Jordan Tamayo earning silver in the 800-meter sprint medley with a time of 1:57.61.
Cedaredge's Ty Grant and Drew Markley were first place winners at last Saturday's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
Junior Ty Grant crossed the finish line with a time of 23.47 to win the 200m dash last Saturday helping the Bruins place second in a field of 17 teams.
The Paonia boys scored 45 points to finish sixth out of 17 teams Saturday at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet. The meet was held at Delta High School.
The Hotchkiss boys scored 49 points to finish fifth at the annual Hotchkiss Invitational track and field meet.
Due to ongoing upgrades to their home track, the Bulldogs held their meet at Delta.
Competition was keen on Saturday as 16 teams battled for top honors at the Hotchkiss Invitational track meet in Delta.
The Bruin girls did not have a first place finish and used second place points from Emily Tullis (100 meter hurdles - 18.0) and Katie Hyke (shot put - 35' 11") to score 51 points to finish fifth in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet.
Track fortunes for Delta High School's girls track team seem to have turned around in the early going of the 2017 season.
The Panthers have placed high in final standings in the first two weeks with a third place finish this past weekend after scoring 71 points.
Hotchkiss sophomore Kaiya Firor's season is off to a good start. At the March 18 Delta Invitational Firor set a new personal best height of 4 feet, 8 inches.
There were 17 boys track teams that participated in last weekend's Hotchkiss Invitational track meet hosted by Delta High School. The Hotchkiss facility, following repairs, is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer.
The Paonia girls won three events and scored 88 points to finish second at the Hotchkiss Invitational. Montrose won the meet with 146 points.
In his first meet of the season, Hotchkiss senior Zack Allen raised the bar. Last Saturday, Allen opened the track and field season with a state-qualifying high jump of 6 feet, 4 inches to win the Delta Panther Invitational. Allen, a senior and two-time state placer, was one of three to clear the bar at 5-10, but was the only remaining competitor after clearing 6 feet.
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.
Delta has struggled in recent years to qualify athletes for state. Last season, as one of the smallest schools in Class 4A, the Panthers qualified a total of three athletes for state.
Lily Lockhart's track and field season is off to a good start. At Saturday's Delta Panther Invitational Lockhart handily won the shot put and discus.
The Cedaredge men's track team had 27 top-eight placers and scored 140 points to finish second Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational. In their first meet of the season the Bruins won four golds, four silvers, and five bronze medals.
The Cedaredge girls scored 56 points to place fifth Saturday at the Delta Panther Invitational.
Freshman Brie McGovern placed fourth in the 400m dash, and sophomore Emily Tullis placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and was fifth in the 300 hurdles.
The Paonia girls are a perennial powerhouse in both the track and field events. The Eagles will seek their fifth consecutive state team title this May.
A short note submitted by Merle Lynch of Cedaredge brought forth news of Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet's involvement with track at Idaho State University.
Paonia's Ashley Van Vleet wasted no time in her continued winning streak on the track.
Paonia long-jumper Brianna Van Vleet has qualified for national competition in the U.S.A. Track & Field Junior Olympics.
Van Vleet, the daughter of David and Tracy Van Vleet, is a state record-holder in the long jump.
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