This year's Colorado State Track and Field Championships concluded last Saturday with Cedaredge High School's boys track team just short of a third straight team title in the 2A division. Resurrection Christian was the 2018 boys champions with 63 points while the Bruins and Lyons tied for second with 58 points.
Ty Grant, as he had been the entire season, helped generate the majority of Cedaredge's 58 points with one individual gold medal and two others in relays. Grant also finished a disappointing third in the 100m dash, an event he was ranked first in (2A) entering the state meet.
Cedaredge's girls were off the pace this year and finished 21st with 16 points with senior Katie Hyke's second-place finish in shot put the top finish for the Bruins.
In Class 3A, Delta's Panthers were not shut out in either the boys or girls divisions with Jacob Wear finishing ninth in the 800m run and Keely Porter placing fifth in shot put. Kaley St. Peter placed ninth in long jump after qualifying ninth with her personal best of 16-9.
Delta's boys had one point in this year's state track meet in a field of 37 teams. Bayfield won the team title with 79.5 points.
The girls were 30th in a 40-team field with six points. Classical Academy won the girls' team title with 97 points.
Grant's state tournament performances included a new record for Cedaredge High School in the 200m dash. Grant's 22.41 in the preliminaries broke Ben Brewer's old mark of 22.44 which was set in 2010. Grant's winning time for the 200m was 22.62.
Grant also helped establish new season personal bests for the Bruins' 4x200 and 4x400m relay teams. Junior Wyatt Camp, freshman Alex Barron and senior Drew Markley joined Grant to run a 1:32.02 and establish the season's best time for the event. The old mark was 1:32.33. "We just tried to stay calm," said Grant. "We knew what was on the line. We just tried to run our race." Markley praised the team's efforts. "I think our handoffs were the best they've been all year."
The team, which had run together all season, knew they had a shot at the state title early in the season. Limon, which placed second with a time of 1:32.35, made a few mistakes in preliminaries noted Grant. "So we knew we were in the running."
Seniors Grant, Jordan McMillan, Markley and Danny Mendoza won the 4x400m relay in a new season-best time of 3:30.01 which erased the previous best time of 3:32.21.
Cedaredge also won the 4x100m relay race to mark a milestone for the Bruins. According to DCI staff writer Tamie Meck, the win is the first time for Cedaredge to win a state championship in the 400m relay. The Bruins had placed second the past three years before winning the event this year. The Bruins were ranked fifth coming into state, and moved to third following preliminaries. Limon, the top qualifier in preliminaries, failed to show for the finals race Saturday afternoon leaving the Bruins with a legitimate shot at a win.
Sophomores Josh Jenkins and Zach McMillan joined Mendoza and Camp in a PR performance time of 45.12, surpassing the old mark of 45.18.
Cedaredge shaved more than 11 seconds off its old PR for the 3200m relay (8:33.51) to place fifth with a time of 8:22.12. Helping set the new mark were Markley, Jordan and Zach McMillan and sophomore Tevin Keller.
In other individual efforts, Mendoza finished fifth in the 300m hurdles (41.41) but set a new PR with his 41.14 in the preliminaries. Mendoza was ninth in the 110m high hurdles with his 16.64.
The Cedaredge girls sent three to state in discuss; seniors Katie Hyke (2nd ranked) and Grace Andrews (5th ranked) and freshman Holly Jenkins. The only one to place was Jenkins, whose fourth-place throw of 113-4 was more than five feet better than her 10th-ranked throw of 108-1.
Hyke finished second in shot put for the second straight year with a throw of 37-7.75.
The Bruins' 3200m relay team (senior Hannah Hatheway and juniors Camie Baldozier, Kylee Hanson and Courtney Freeman) cut seven seconds off its season-best time (10:40) to finish eighth with a new PR time of 1:33.14.
Senior Jacob Wear entered this year's 3A State Track and Field Championships as the state's 17th-seeded 800m runner with a time of 2:01.07. Wear, and eight other finalists, turned in sub two-minute performances to treat fans to a very fast finals race. Wear finished ninth with his time of 1:59.62 and set a new PR for himself.
Delta's 4x400m relay Wear and Logan Freed, junior Jarrett Hernandez and freshman Hezekiah Huff finished seventh in the race with a new PR time of 3:28.60.
Several performances from Delta's girls just missed chances to be on the podium in the 2018 state track meet.
Freshman Keely Porter and junior Kaley St. Peter did find their way to the podium last weekend for medal presentations. Porter, the 3A seventh-seed in shot put (35-4.75) finished in fifth-place with a 35-4.5 throw to earn five of the Panthers' six points.
St. Peter, who entered the state tournament ninth in 3A long jumpers (16-9) finished this year's state tournament with a jump of 15-6.75 to place ninth.
Delta's 4x200m relay team was 10th and the sprint medley relay team and the 4x400m relay team were 11th to finish out of reach of qualifying marks in the 2018 state tournament.