Delta's 4x100, 4x200 and the 4x800 relay teams earned first place finishes in an 11-team field last week in Parachute at the Cardinal Open. Beau Byers duplicated the three gold medal performances by the relay teams with a trio of victories in his specialties, 110 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump. The 60 points earned by the six first place efforts pushed Delta's point total to 131 and second place. Cedaredge cruised to the team title with 147.5 points and Paonia finished fifth with 55.5 points.
Delta's 4x100 relay team edged the field with its 46.54 clocking and the 4x200 team's time was 1:35.10. The grueling 4x800 meter race lasted 8:58.41 for the Panthers and first place was the reward.
Byers' 16.52 won the 110 high hurdles race and a 43.33 was good for the win in the 300 hurdles. Byers continued his early dominance in triple jump with another winning jump of 38-7.75.
The 4x400 relay team wasn't able to catch Cedaredge in this race but finished in 3:40.10 to the Bruins' 1:38.40.
Jason Kaighn (200m, 25.54), Jacob Wear (800m, 2:06.17) and John Ames (3200m, 10:45.51) had strong races and finished second. Tre Johnson finished in third place behind Wear in the 800m run with his 2:10.94.
Other third place finishes for the Panthers included AB Ontiveros (100m, 11.90) and Garrison Paniagua (1600m, 5:00.35). David Mora was fourth in the 100m race (12.12) and Reyes Meraz was seventh. Shad Lewis also ran the 1600m race and finished sixth.
Mark Jones had a 55.99 in the 400m dash and finished fourth with Eh Doh Htoo fifth (56.18).
Noah Higgs finished fifth in long jump (17-5.25) and Gabe Sturgeon was eighth in discus.
The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.