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Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia’s Cade Meilner makes the first baton exchange to Logan Green, left, and Sam Rodriguez hands off to Saul Cortez in the 3200m relay Saturday at Montrose. Both teams are qualified to run the event at the 2A state meet scheduled for May 17-19 at Jefferson County Stadium in Lakewood.
Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia freshman Tawny Roberts sets her sites on the lead runner in the 3200m relay Saturday in Montrose. They, and teammates Randi Rapke and Brooke Hillman, won the event by almost seven seconds. Paonia is ranked first in state 2A ranks in the relay heading into this week’s 2A/1A WSL league meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Paonia's 3200m relay teams dominate race

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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.

About 100 meters into the second lap Roberts overtook both teams, making the handoff to Rapke about 15 meters ahead of Crested Butte. Paonia never relinquished the lead. Its time of 10:16.22 puts Paonia in first place in the event heading into this week's 2A Western Slope League meet.

Lightfoot also won silver in the triple jump with a mark of 31-7.5, and Lyla Hayutin-Baril won bronze with a mark of 31-7.5. Roberts placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:32.36.

The 800 relay team placed fifth (1:53.05), Freshman Abby Reedy placed sixth in the 3200 run. Natalie Reich Rogers placed seventh in high jump (4-7.5).

The boys 3200 relay team of Caden Meilner, Logan Green, Ethan Bartlett and Harley Ewert took six seconds off of its prior best time to win the race in 8:33.91.

Meilner ran the first leg and was neck and neck with Sam Rodriguez of Hotchkiss at the first exchange.

Logan Green took the baton and the lead. Bartlett held on to the lead in the third leg, and Ewert finished almost 14 seconds ahead of second place winners Crested Butte.

Their time moves them up in Class 2A top-18 standings from fourth to second place behind Burlington's time of 8:22.09.

Senior Cyrus Malek-Madani had a career best throw of 43 feet, 5 inches to win silver in the shot put. The throw moves Malek-Madani up from 11th to ninth place in Class 2A.

Kyle Long cleared 5-4 to place sixth in the high jump.

Because the Junior-Senior Prom was held Saturday night, many student-athletes didn't compete at Montrose or didn't stay for the entire meet.

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