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.
Two meet records, for the girls, in 200-meter dash and 300m hurdles, went to Kaiya Firor of Hotchkiss. In the 200m, her time of 25.33 broke the 2015 meet record by 47-100ths of a second and bested her school record set earlier this season. Her 300m hurdles time of 44.23 seconds broke her previous school record and the 2016 record of 45.98. Firor also won the 100m dash in 12.55 seconds, but fell 9-100ths short of tying the 2012 meet record of 12.46 set by Cedaredge's Sierra Williams.
In relays, the 800m sprint medley, the Hotchkiss team of Adair Ela, Elsie Vasquez, Shay Glaser and Firor won with a time of 1:52.06, breaking the 2014 record of 1:52.40 set by Eagle Valley. Cedaredge's Megan Gastineau, Makaylie Reed, Reganne McIntire and Megan Jenkins won silver with a season-best time of 1:52.67, breaking the school record of 1:53.79 set in 2014 by Amber Jenkins, Kenzie Henderson, Shayna Dale and Nellie Freeman.
Delta's 800m relay team of Autumn Eddy, Taylor Huntley, Raelee McCurdy and Beki Atchley won with a time of 1:50.74; Cedaredge's team of Reed, Kammie Henderson, Kylin Mitchell and Reganne McIntire won bronze in a season-best time of 1:52.20.
In the 1600m relay, Cedaredge's team of Baylee Harris, Mitchell, Camie Baldozier and Megan Jenkins won silver with a time of 4:15.36.
In high jump, Cedaredge's Henderson won silver with a jump of 4 feet, 11.5 inches.
Delta's Remi Baldwin set two personal-best times in hurdles events. Baldwin finished fourth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 48.89, and third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 16.69. Cedaredge's Megan Jenkins placed fourth in the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 16.7 seconds; teammates Cedaredge's Harris and Emily Tullis placed sixth and seventh, respectively.
In field events, Poppy Lightfoot won gold in the triple jump with a preliminary flight mark of 33 feet, 11.5 inches.
Delta sophomore Keely Porter's meet winning shot put toss of 37 feet, one-half inch happened in prelims. Porter also won bronze in discus with a throw of 105'-3". Paonia senior Sabrina Leighton won silver in shot put with a throw of 35'-10.5".
In boys relays, in one of their two gold-medal races of the day, Cedaredge's 1600m relay team of Ryan Imhoff, Joshua Jenkins, Alex Barron and Zach McMillan outpaced 21 other teams for a winning time of 3:31.75. The 3200m team of Imhoff, Tevin Keller, McMillan and Hayden Blanks posted a winning time of 4:48.88.
Delta's 800m relay team of Noah Nortnik, Colton Johnson, Brandon Butler and Ed doh Htoo won silver with a time of 1:36.58.
In individual events, out of a field of 68 competitors, Cedaredge senior Kaleb Berardi won bronze in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 5.0 inches, and Austin Crawford placed fourth with a throw of 41'-8".
Cedaredge's Imhoff won silver in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.31, and Jenkins won bronze with a time of 44.63.
Hotchkiss sophomore Robert Cochran placed third in the 400m dash with a personal-best time of 53.08 seconds.
In distance races, Paonia's Harley Ewert won bronze in the 800m run with a time of 2:02.52, and teammate Logan Green finished fourth with a time of 2:02.49. Delta's John Ames placed fifth with a time of 2:06.31.
In the 1600m run, Paonia senior Ethan Bartlett won silver with a time of 4:51.01; Delta's Shad Lewis finished in fifth with his time of 5:07.89.