M-CHS opens track season

Montezuma-Cortez High School began the track and field season last Saturday at the Montrose Invitational. Miranda Elliott and Rachel Demby helped the Lady Panthers to a second-place team finish with 142 points.

Eagle Valley won the team title with 225.37 points, respectively.

Elliott tossed her way to first-place finishes in the shot put and discus with heaves of 30 feet, 1 inch and 104-9.

The Lady Panthers dominated the throws with Tayla Topaha and Kristine Candelaria taking second and third in the shot put at 27-3 and 26-6. Topaha also placed third in the discus at a distance of 81-5.

Demby ran to a second-place time of 1 minute, 4 seconds, 9 tenths of a second in the 400-meter dash. She followed that up with a third-place finish of 2:46.37 in the 800.

Tori Laymon was the runner-up in the 100 at 14.58 and third in the 200 at 30.38.

Jordan Miller was second in the 100-meter hurdles (17.73) and third in the long jump (15-8.75).

Amy Campbell placed fourth in the 200 in a time of 31.38.

The Lady Panthers quartet of Campbell, Laymon, Sydney Getz and Sydney Orton won the 4x200-meter relay at 2:02.

For the Panthers, Wiley Kirks, Johnny Lopez, Isaac Padilla and Justice Ramos recorded the best time in the 800-sprint medley at 1:47.52.

As a team, the M-CHS boys came in fourth with 77 points. Eagle Valley also won the boys title at 257 points.

Leander Rockwell tossed the discus the farthest at 128-9. Briston walker was third (110-7).

Dillon Wells had fifth-place times in the 800 and 1,600 in 2:25.19 and 5:21.49.

Ramos took third in the 400, finishing 56.10. Jacob Valdez was fourth in the high jump at J5-4. Dante Dennison threw to a fifth-place distance of 36-7.75 in the shot put.

M-CHS will participate in the Mickey Dunn Invitational on Saturday morning at Grand Junction.