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.
Senior Mckenna Palmer currently holds best marks in Class 2A in the long and triple jumps. At the Cardinal Open she won the triple jump with a season-best mark of 34 feet, one-half inch, and at Woodburn improved her mark to win with a jump of 34-10. Also at the Woodburn Invitational, Palmer set the best mark of the year in the long jump with a winning leap of 15 feet, 11.75 inches. Palmer also won the 100m hurdles at Woodburn with a time of 16.97.
Also at the Cardinal Open, Brooke Hillman won the 800-meter run in 2:30.24, marking the fourth fastest time to date in Class 2A.
In the 300-meter hurdles, Alexandra Eaton finished fourth in a personal record (PR) of 52.08 seconds, Randi Rapke placed fifth with a PR of 52.38, and McKenna Johnson placed eighth (54.26).
Lyla Hayutin-Baril set personal records in two jumps at Grand Valley, placing fourth in the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 9 inches, and placing third in triple jump with a mark of 31-6.
McKenna Johnson finished sixth in the triple jump with a personal record of 30-8.5.
In relays, the 400-meter relay team took second in 53.99 seconds, the 800m team placed third (1:57.95), and the 800m sprint medley team placed fourth overall with its time of (2:01.48).
At Saturday's Woodburn meet, teammates Hillman, Poppy Lightfoot, Randi Rapke and Tawny Roberts won the 3200 meter relay in 10:30.07, which is currently the fastest time of the season in Class 2A track and field ranks.
In individual events, Sabrina Leighton placed fifth in shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 7 inches. Hayutin-Baril tied for fourth in high jump at 4-8 and placed fifth in triple jump with a mark of 31-6.5. Eaton finished third in 300m hurdles (52.27) and McKenna Johnson placed seventh (53.56). Abby Reedy finished eighth in the 3200m run.
The 400m team of Palmer, Randi Rapke, Eaton and Lightfoot placed second in 53.87; the 800m team of Eaton, Lightfoot, Emily Miller and Sadie Lee finished fifth in 1:54.7; and the 1600m team of Hillman, Randi Rapke, Lightfoot and Roberts placed third in 4:24.99.
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.