The 2013 track season has been good to the Cedaredge High School track teams. Coach Kirby Henderson's Lady Bruins scored 187 points to run away with the 3A WSL league title.
Gunnison was second with 129 points, Moffat County had 113, Coal Ridge 94, and Olathe 36 to complete the top five teams at last weekend's qualifying track meet in Grand Junction.
For the boys, no one was very close to Coal Ridge and their 195 points. The Bruins were second with 123 points, Gunnison had 100, Basalt 99, and Moffat County 59 for a list of the top five.
Freshman Nellie Freeman was responsible for two individual titles and was part of two first-place relay teams to help lead the Lady Bruins to a league title.
Freeman won the 800m run on day one of last week's qualifying track meet at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. Her time of 2:23.52 was a personal best and sets her up well for this week's state track meet with a fourth-place ranking in state standings.
A time of 5:28.16 in the 1600m won this race and has Freeman ranked ninth in 3A state standings.
Freeman was a member of the winning 800m and the 1600m relay teams. Joining Freeman in the 800m relay were teammates Rebecca Deal, Rachael Latta and Mackenzie Kehmeier. Their winning time was 1:48.27. The team's state ranking is fourth with a time of 1:47.56. The 1600m relay team (Kendall McHugh, Jessica Sullivan, Ashley Diaz and Freeman) won the race with a time of 4:12.19 and have a 4:10.84 to give them a fourth-place ranking in state.
Kenzie Henderson and Kehmeier were individual winners in the high jump and 400m dash competitions. Henderson cleared 5-0 in the high jump and Kehmeier raced around the oval in a time of 1:01.57 to win the 400m dash. Henderson is rated fifth in state in the high jump and Kehmeier is ninth in the 400m.
McHugh, Summer Herman, Amber Jenkins and Latta combined efforts to win the 400m relay in a time of 51.53. Cedaredge is listed fifth in Class 3A standings for the 400m relay.
Second places were numerous for Cedaredge. Individually, Latta (long jump, 16-11.25; triple jump, 33-2.25), Kehmeier (200m, 27.08), McHugh (100m, 13.16, 400m, 1:02.1), and Kaitlyn Kissner (discus, 101-8) were runner-ups in the listed events.
Kehmeier is listed 11th in the 200m and ninth in the 400m in state rankings. Kissner and Latta are ranked ninth in their respective events of discus and triple jump.
Cedaredge's 1600m relay team finished second in a time of 4:12.19 and is ranked fourth in 3A state standings.
Third place finishes went to Diaz (3200m, 12:36.93), Deal (long jump, 15-7.25), Herman (100m, 13.31), Micaela Shaw (discus, 101-5) and the 800m medley relay in a time of 1:56.61.
Shaw (shot put), Henderson (300m hurdles), Herman (200m) and Deal (triple jump) all finished fourth last weekend.
Earning fifth-place points for Cedaredge were Diaz (800m) and Lydia Knutson (high jump). Sullivan was sixth in the 1600m run.
Cedaredge will send 12 girls to state this week. All five relay teams are headed that way with 10 of 12 girls participating on one or more of those teams.
The 3200m relay team set a new school record in 2013 to erase the old record of 10:21.20 set in 2002.
Freeman's win in the 1600m run was only the second time she had ever attempted the 1600m. Her time was a new school record that eclipsed Sara Lewis' old mark established in 1993.
Reid Gates was a triple winner for the Bruins at last week's qualifying track meet. Gates won the 100m dash (11:36), high jump (6-7), and long jump (21-6.25). Gates is listed 10th in 3A state standings in the 100m, first in high jump, and fourth in long jump.
Austin Williams picked up 20 points for his first-place finishes in shot put (48-2) and discus (146-11). He is first in state with a shot put throw of 52-2 at the Frank Woodburn Invite and is listed fourth in discus.
There were three individual second-place finishes for the Bruins, including Dante Markley in the 300m hurdles and 200m dash and Ryan Latta's 400m dash. Markley is second in state in the 300m hurdles and eighth in the 200m.
With a time of 44.78, the Bruins placed second in the 400m relay. Members of that team included Reid Gates, Xander Camp, Steton Brewer and Markley.
The team of Latta, Bryce Klaseen, Shane Gates and Jacob Robb, finished second in the 1600m relay.
Shane Gates jumped 6-2 to place third in high jump and the 800m relay team of Robb, Camp, Brewer and Latta also finished third.
Markley had a relatively slow time of 16.80 in the 110m high hurdles, but still managed to record a fourth-place finish. He is ranked sixth in the event in 3A state standings.
Mario Madaleno scored a fifth-place finish in shot put, with Latta and Camp finishing sixth in the 800m and 100m dash respectively.
Reid and Shane Gates, Markley, Robb, Latta, Camp, Brewer, Williams and Klaseen will represent Cedaredge in the 3A boys' state track and field meet in Lakewood at Jefferson County Stadium starting at 8:30 a.m. on May 16.
The Bruins have excelled over the past few years and have rewarded the Cedaredge coaching staff with many highlights. This year's team has been fortunate to have a talented group of underclassmen, including head coach Kirby Henderson's freshman daughter, Kenzie. Coach Henderson refuses to show any favoritism in recognizing his teams' success. "Overall, we've had a great season up to this point. The kids have a great attitude and have had it all season. The girls won the league championship and the boys were a solid second. They'll celebrate that, but they know that's not the ultimate goal. They want to make their strongest showing at State. Our coaching staff is extremely proud of how the kids have trained this season. We are healthier than ever before."
Continuing on, Henderson praised the crowd support. "To top it all off, we have the best crowd in the state by far. They are amazing and highly motivating for our athletes."
The last comment from Henderson was related to his daughter's presence on this year's team. "Having my daughter on the team has been wonderful. She, as well as all our athletes, does a great job of staying positive and gives it her all. That's all we ask of any of our athletes."blog comments powered by Disqus