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. They finish the week in second place in Class 2A standings.
Also at Grand Valley, in individual events, Marco Carrillo placed sixth in shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 1.75 inches; Cyrus Malek-Madani finished fourth in discus with a throw of 127-06; and Michael Hofman placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.5 seconds.
At Saturday's Stocker meet, Malek-Madani threw the discus 120-5 to place fifth and was eighth in shot put with a throw of 39-1. Meilner finished third in the 3200m run with a season-best time of 11:01.08 and ran a season best time of 4:46.59 seconds in the 1600m.
Ewert also placed fourth in the 400m (55.61); Green placed eighth in the 800m (2:14.18), and in the 3200m, Bartlett and O'Rourke placed seventh and eighth, respectively. The 400m relay team of Jesse Burns, Michael Hofmann, Green and Anthony Felice finished sixth with a time of 48.71 seconds.
Paonia competes this Saturday at the Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs High School.
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.