Everyone talks about the weather and the affect it has on people. Cedaredge High School's boys track team noted last weekend's weather was some of the best of the season. With the exception of a few distance runners, who said it was too hot, most track participants were grateful to have sunshine and gentle breezes for most of the two-day track meet.
Cedaredge's boys team enjoyed the conditions to the point of setting new season-best performance in 14 events. Some performances were near-record efforts with the final results being a team win for the Bruins at last week's Western Slope Multi League Meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.
The Bruin boys amassed 148 points to outdistance their nearest competition, Hotchkiss (88 points), by 60 points to win the 1A/2A boys title.
Cedaredge's boys were led by senior Ty Grant's four first-place finishes.
Cedaredge's girls finished last week's competition with 104.5 points to finish second behind a strong Paonia team with its 130 points.
Grant's big day was just another day at the track for one of the state's premier competitors. He won the 100m dash with a time of 11.26 but clocked an 11.17 in the preliminaries to lower his existing state best mark in that event. A winning time of 23.01 in the 200m race was slightly slower than his Class 2A leading mark of 22.6.
Grant was also a member of the winning 800 and 1600m relay teams with times of 1:32.6 and 3:32.21 (a new season best mark), respectively. Grant's team members for the 800m relay were senior Drew Markley, junior Wyatt Camp and freshman Alex Barron. Grant teamed with senior Jordan McMillan, Markley and senior Danny Mendoza in the 1600m relay.
Markley joined Grant as a multiple winner with victories in the (800m relay, 1600m relay and 3200m relay).
Markley's teammates on the 3200m relay included Jordan McMillan, sophomore Tevin Keller and sophomore Zach McMillan. Their time for the race was 8:33.51, which was a new season best time for the Bruins.
Senior Danny Mendoza collected three top finishes including a win in the 300m hurdles (a new season best 41.38), in the 1600m relay and a new season best time for the 400m relay (45.18) featuring Mendoza, Camp, sophomore Josh Jenkins and Zach McMillan.
Grant paced Cedaredge's individual performances with first place finishes while Mendoza had the 300m hurdles win and a third place effort in the 110m high hurdles (16.36). Mendoza is listed 10th in the state in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 16.33 and is third with his 41.38 in the 300 hurdles.
Barron's day included a second place finish in the 200m race (24.26, and he had a season-best 23.99 in the preliminaries), a second-place finish in long jump (20-02.25, a season-best) and was seventh in high jump with fellow teammate Josh Deal with a jump of 5-05.75.
Camp's weekend also included a third place finish in the 200m (helping the Bruins complete a sweep of the top three places, including a season best time of 24.24 in preliminary trials) with a time of 24.92 and was fourth in the 100m dash in a time of 11.88.
The McMillan brothers also placed in individual events with Jordan placing third in the 800m (2:05.71) and Zach finishing sixth in the 400m dash (54.52, setting a new season best 53.29 in the preliminaries).
Markley placed third in the 400m dash (53.17) but has a 9th-place ranking in Class 2A with his 52.62 time from Friday's preliminary run.
Other top eight finishes for the Bruins included freshman Ashton Spiker's 12.06 in the 100m, Tevin Keller's season-best 2:06.78 in the 800m, senior Blake Gash's sixth place in the 110 high hurdles (18.63 a season best) and a fifth place finish in 300m hurdles with another season best 45.93), Jenkins' sixth place finish in long jump (18-06.5) and third place finish in triple jump (38-01.5). Deal was seventh in triple jump (37-0) and Kaleb Berardi had a season best 41-9 to place fifth in shot put.
The Bruin girls were limited to just one first-place finish at last weekend's Western Slope Multi League Meet. That win came in the longest relay race of the meet, the 3200m relay. Cedaredge crossed the finish line with a time of 10:46.55 just 16 one-hundreths of a second ahead of Hotchkiss' 10:46.71. Team members for the 3200m relay team included senior Hannah Hatheway, junior Camie Baldozier, junior Kylee Hanson and junior Courtney Freeman. Cedaredge is ranked eighth in Class 2A for the 3200m relay.
Baldozier had a season-best 2:30.38 for third place in the 800m run to go with her first-place finish in the 3200m relay.
Second-place finishes went to freshman Kammie Henderson in high jump (4-10.75), Grace Andrews in discus (season best 116-8 and fourth in state), and senior Katie Hyke's 36-03.5 throw in shot put, who has a throw of 38-10 for a second-place ranking in state.
A number of fourth-place finishes were earned by the Bruins. Individually, junior Nicole Miller was fourth in the 100m hurdles (17.54, ranked 15th in state), freshman Aspen Furubotten in 300m hurdles (55.49 with a 53.52 season best time in the preliminaries), freshman Baylee Harris in long jump (13-09.25 with a state best 15th place jump of 15-3 to her credit), junior Dalia Alejandre's shot put throw of 32-11 (with a 33-2 and a 15th place ranking in state) and Hyke's 114-0 throw in discus (with a 115-0 throw good for fifth in state).
The Bruins also had a fourth-place relay team. Miller, sophomore Reganne McIntire, Furubotten and freshman Kimmie Milholland ran a season-best time of 43.78.
Hatheway (3200m run, season-best 13.29.34) and Furubotten (100 hurdles, 17.57, with a 17.54 in preliminaries to rank 16th in state) had fifth-place finishes for the Bruins.
There were three fifth-place relay teams. Sophomores Brie McGovern and McIntire teamed with freshmen Baylee Harris and Henderson in the 800m relay to run a 1:54.05 (have a 1:53.29 for 16th in state) and McGovern, Freeman, freshmen Ellison Black and Henderson teaming up to run the 1600m relay in a time of 4:32.63. The Bruins own a time of 4:25.92 which is 16th in state for the 1600m relay. The third relay team to finish fifth was the 800m sprint medley team of McGovern, McIntire, sophomore Summer Young and Milholland with a time of 2:00.94.
Sixth through eighth-place finishers included McIntire in the 200m (28.66), Harris in 100m hurdles (17.66, season-best), Holly Jenkins in discus (104-8, with a 10th-place state ranking for her throw of 108-1), freshman Kylin Mitchell in the 1600m run (6:08.22), junior Darrian Bulbulian in high jump (4-04.75), and eighth-place finishes from Milholland (100m, 14.12) and Harris in 300m hurdles (55.49, with a season-best 53.52 in the preliminaries).
Cedaredge will host one of the final state-qualifying meets this weekend on Friday, May 11, beginning at 2 p.m.
This year's state track meet is scheduled for May 17-19 at JEFFCO Stadium in Denver.