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.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.