Practice Greatness track meet a success

Photo courtesy Kole Hawkins This unidentified competitor puts a might effort into his shot put throw during the recent Practice Greatness Youth Track Meet held at the Jack Kehmeier Track and Field Complex in Cedaredge.

The inaugural Practice Greatness Youth Track Meet took place on July 25 at the Jack Kehmeier Track and Field Complex in Cedaredge. Despite a threat of thunderstorms, the event was successfully completed. Numerous young competitors from all over Delta County, and visitors from other states participated in various track and field events.

Several of the races had very close finishes, with the participants battling for placement until they crossed the finish line. Parents and volunteers were there to cheer them on, and most finished with a big smile on their faces.

The event was planned and organized by Ellison Black, an incoming junior at Cedaredge High School. She wanted to give younger children in our area the opportunity to learn about basic track events and experience the fun of competing in running and field events. The track meet featured distances of 50-400 meters, as well as a softball throw and standing long jump. All proceeds from the event will be used for a Practice Greatness Memorial Scholarship to be awarded to a graduating senior this spring at Cedaredge High School. The scholarship will be given to honor the memory of Reid Gates, an amazing student, athlete and leader from CHS. Donations may still be made to the scholarship by contacting Ellison via email at

Ellison greatly appreciates all the friends who volunteered to make the event run smoothly. She would also like to recognize and thank her sponsors: Starr's Guitars, Stacy's On Main, Dan and Connie Williams, Mountain Valley Realty LLC, Big John's Lumber, and Bank of Colorado, Bert Sibley, Blair and Associates P.C., The Apple Shed, DMEA Operation Round Up, the High Country Shopper, Cedaredge FoodTown, Millennium Wellness, and Williams Cellars, LLC. Most of all, she would like to thank the attending families. She was very impressed by their competitiveness!

Ellison plans to continue this event and make it even better by having a series of meets next summer with even more activities. She's going to develop a website to make it easier for participants to register and access information about the meet.

Winners for each event (if two names are listed, it was a tie) -- ribbons and medals were awarded.

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