A number of personal best performances helped Delta's Panthers' track team finish third at last week's 3A WSL meet. Delta scored 93 points to finish third behind Coal Ridge (142) and MoffatCounty (98).
A big portion of Delta's points came in relay races with three teams finishing in first place. The 4x100 relay team (Reyes Meraz, David Mora, Tanner Webster and AB Ontiveros) won last week with a time of 44.50. Jason Kaighn, Ontiveros, Mora and Jacob Wear combined to run a season-best time of 1:32.56 to win the 800m relay race. And, with a time of 3:34.02, the 1600m relay team (Kaighn, Beau Byers, Logan Freed and Wear), won a league title with another PR.
The three relay teams mentioned are also state ranked at this time. The 400m relay team is ninth, the 800m relay team is seventh and the 1600m relay team is ranked 14th. Delta's 3200m relay team (Freed, Mark Jones, Tre Johnson and Wear) is ranked 17th after last weekend's third place PR time of 8:30.92.
Ontiveros was also busy in individual races with a second place (23.08) finish in the 200m dash and third place (11.54) in the 200m dash. Ontiveros is ranked 18th in the 100m dash and 19th in the 200m race in Class 3A. The top 18 make it to state.
Mora scored eighth-place points in the 200m dash while Kaighn was sixth in the 400m dash and Wear was second in the 400m dash in a time of 51.40 (PR). Jones was seventh in the 800m run and John Ames placed fifth in the 3200m run.
In hurdle events, Beau Byers finished fourth in the 110 highs (16.01-PR, and ranked 13th in state), and ran a season-best 44.5 in the 300m hurdles and is ranked ninth in that event at the 3A state level.
Byers also placed fifth in triple jump (37-7). He is ranked 22nd in state with a leap of 40-3.5.
Cameron Schaal placed eighth in shot put and was third (129-6) in discus (21st in state).
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.