Cedaredge High School hosted the Cedaredge Invitational Track and Field Meet last Saturday, March 31. Fourteen teams participated in girls competition and 15 registered to take part in the boys competition.
The Bruins had minimum competition in the girls division and scored a whopping 178 points to win the team title. Coal Ridge was next with 95 points and Paonia posted 93 points to finish third. Delta scored 19 points with its junior varsity team to finish ninth and Hotchkiss scored 15 points to place 12th.
The boys competition was much closer with Cedaredge finishing atop the team standings with 111 points. Hotchkiss' Bulldogs placed second with 99 points and Coal Ridge was third with 96. Olathe had 48 points to finish sixth and Paonia was seventh with 46 counters. Delta's junior varsity scored 19 to finish 11th.
The Bruins had top five finishes in 16 of 18 events, including four first-place finishes. Those first place finishes included freshman Kimmy Milholland in the 100m dash (14.13), freshman Kammie Henderson in high jump (4-11), senior Katie Hyke in shot put (35-11.75) and senior Grace Andrews in discus (109-08.75).
Cedaredge, with sheer numbers, dominated many events with multiple placings. Juniors Courtney Freeman and Darrian Bulbulian added two places to the 100m dash (fifth and eighth), respectively, for the Bruins. Bulbulian, in her first high jumping competition, added a fourth place finish in high jump (4-7).
In shot put, the Bruins swept the top three with seniors Katie Hyke (35-11.75) and Grace Andrews (32-10) placing first and second while junior Dalia Alejandre took third with her throw of 32-01.
The Bruins had three of the top five places in discus with Andrews finishing first (109-08), Hyke second (101-06) and senior Holly Jenkins fourth (92-05). Junior Holly Gardner (88-07) finished sixth but scored no points due to a limit of three participants from a single team.
Other triple-place finishes for Cedaredge included the 200m dash with Reganne McIntire (third, 29.49), Milholland (sixth) and Brooke Hogan (eighth); 800m run with Freeman (fourth, 2:38.76), freshman Kylin Mitchell (sixth) and freshman Kylee Hanson (seventh); 3200m run with senior Hannah Hatheway (fifth, 14:27.24), freshman Merielle Comerer (sixth) and Briar Wagner (eighth); 100m hurdles with junior Nicole Miller (third, 17.80), freshman Baylee Harris (17.82) and Taelor Mills (sixth). Freshman Aspen Furubotten was seventh but could not earn points with the participation rule.
The Bruins had two top five finishes in the 1600m run with Mitchell second (6:08.04) and Comerer fifth (6:30.0).
In the 300m hurdles, Furubotten and Baylee Harris finished second (52.64) and seventh (54.13).
Sophomore Brie McGovern ran to a third place finish (1:06.18) in the 400m dash for Cedaredge.
There were four relay teams with top five finishes as well. The 400m relay team (Miller, McIntire, Furubotten and Milholland) placed third (53.84); the 800m relay team (McGovern, McIntire, Furubotten and Henderson) finished second (1:54.25); the 1600m relay team (McGovern, Ellison Black, Freeman and Henderson) was fourth (4:32.62) and the 800m spring medley team (Grace Hatheway, Milholland, Eden Richardson and Jeananne Williams) was fifth in 2:07.32.
Cedaredge's boys team win was spurred by senior Ty Grant and Danny Mendoza's double wins on Saturday.
Grant's double wins came in the 100 (11.55) and 400m (53.14) events. Mendoza held off two Hotchkiss athletes in the hurdle events for narrow wins. In the 110 high hurdles, Mendoza edged Hotchkiss sophomore Jace Peebles with a time of 16.64. Peebles finished in 16.66. In the 300m hurdles, Mendoza outran Hotchkiss senior Colton Peebles to the final hurdle then held the lead to the finish line for a time of 42.37. Peebles' time was 42.89.
A fourth win came in the 1600m relay race after the Bruins turned in a time of 3:35.80.
Senior Drew Markley finished second (53.89) in the 400m and was third in the 100m and freshman Ashton Spiker was sixth in the 100m.
In other individual top five finishes for the Bruins, freshman Alex Barron was second in high jump (6-1), sophomore Josh Jenkins was second in long jump (18-05.50) and fourth in triple jump (38-05.25). Senior Blake Gash was fourth in the 110 high hurdles (19.69).
Cedaredge got a second place from its 400m relay team with its time of 45.56, and the 800m relay team finished fifth in 1:39.40.