Hotchkiss senior Darrin Young shot to the top of the Class 2A state rankings with a winning throw in the shot put of 48 feet, 2 inches at the Grand Valley Cardinal Open. Young is a two-time state qualifier in the shot put and placed third at state his junior year.
The Bulldogs had a good day overall, scoring 78 points to finish third at the 13-team tournament. Colton Peebles won the 300m hurdles in 43.46. In discus, Peebles had a personal best throw of 119 feet, 1.25 inches to place third.
In discus, Nolan Egging placed second with his personal best throw of 126-5.5, and Kevin Chavez placed eighth with a throw of 103-7.5.
Relay teams set season records at the Cardinal Open. The 800m team of Oliver Mendoza, Saul Cortez. Malykai Klaseen and Colton Peebles placed second in a season-best time of 1:36.93; and the 1600m team of Rodriguez, Jace Peebles, Robert Cochran and Jesus Macias placed second in 3:40.09.
The 400m team of George Arroyo, Cochran, Oliver Mendoza and Jace Peebles placed third in 47.34 seconds.
Rodriguez also placed third in the 1600m run with a season-best time of 4:47.62; Arroyo finished seventh in the 200-meter dash (25.51); and Elijah Patrick placed fifth in 110m hurdles (19.86) and fourth in the high jump (5-9).
The girls also had some successes at Grand Valley. Junior Yasmine Gaub placed in three individual events, taking fifth in the 100-meter dash with a personal best time of 13.94, seventh in the 400m dash in a personal best 1:09.06, and seventh in the 800m run in 2:44.83.
The girls' 800m relay team posted a fifth-place time of 2:02.34, and the 1600m team finished third in 4:47.87. The 3200m relay team finished fourth in 11:32.01, and the 800m sprint medley relay placed sixth.
Hotchkiss will compete this Friday at Delta's Twilight Meet beginning at 3 p.m.