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Photo by Wayne Crick Kaiya Firor was the runaway winner of last Saturday’s 300m hurdles with a record-setting meet performance of 45.5. Montrose’s Abi Grace McGee held the old record (46.17) set in 2013. Firor is ranked first in the event heading into this week’s state competition and is qualified for state in three other events for the Bulldogs.
Photo by Tamie Meck Hotchkiss’ Sam Rodriguez leads the pack around the first curve during the 1600m run last Saturday in Cedaredge. Rodriguez (right) finished second in the race. Olathe’s Jonathan Munger (left) won the race and Paonia’s Ethan Bartlett (off Rodriguez’s right shoulder) was third.
Photo by Tamie Meck Kaiya Firor wins the 300-meter hurdles at the 2A state track meet last May. Firor is ranked first in the 300-meter hurdles in 2018 as she heads into this week’s state competition in Loveland. She is also qualified for state in three other events. Her 45-50 in Cedaredge last weekend broke Montrose’s Abi Grace 2013 Bruin Invitational record (46.17).

Firor sets hurdles mark

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At the May 11 Cedaredge Bruin Invitational, Hotchkiss junior Kaiya Firor re-set the meet record in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 45.5 seconds.

The defending state 2A champion in the 300 hurdles, Firor's performance took more than a second off of the 2013 record of 46.17 seconds held by Abi Grace McGee of Montrose. The winning time also puts Firor in first place in Class 2A heading into this week's state track meet.

The Hotchkiss girls now hold three meet records, including a record of 9:57.63 in the 3200m relay, set in 2014 by Natalie Anderson, Mae Anderson, Katy Parsons and Sophia Schelle; and the 2013 400m dash record of 57.27 set by Jenny Celis.

Running against a headwind, Firor also won the 200-meter dash in 26.73, finishing three-100ths of a second off of her season-best time. In addition to the hurdles, Firor is ranked fifth in state in the 200, third in the 400, and 12th in high jump.

The 800m relay team of Yasmine Gaub, Jordan Tamayo, Firor and Elsie Vasquez won silver with a season-best time of 1:51.56; Gaub also placed sixth in the 800m run, and the 800m medley team placed sixth.

The Hotchkiss boys won two events and scored 93 points to finish second Friday at the Cedaredge Bruin Invitational track and field meet.

Elijah Patrick cleared 6 feet to win the high jump. Patrick's third-place time of 18.57 seconds in the 110 hurdles marked a season-best performance. Patrick also placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 39-1.5.

Darrin Young won shot put with a throw of 47-7.5, marking the sixth consecutive shot put win of the season for the senior.

Young is ranked first in state in the shot put. He also finished fourth in discus with a career-best throw of 137-9 and is ranked seventh in state in the event.

The 3200-meter relay team of Nick Jung, Myles Zoutte, Will Ela and Saul Cortez won silver with a time of 9:22.11.

Senior Sam Rodriguez won silver in the 1600m run with a time of 4:50.43. Rodriguez is qualified for state in the 400-, 800- and 1600-meter events.

Senior Colton Peebles placed third in long jump with a mark of 19-2, and Robert Cochran took third in the 400m dash with a time of 53.66 seconds

The team of George Arroyo, Oliver Mendoza, Malykai Klaseen and Jesus Macias won silver in the 800m sprint medley with a time of 1:43.62.

And in its last attempt to make the top 18 qualifying list, the 400m relay team of Arroyo, Oliver Mendoza, Jace Peebles and Colton Peebles placed fourth in a state-qualifying time of 46.35.

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