Above everything else, it’s about the team
Delta throwers pull for each other
It’s a friendly competition between teammates.
Delta High School senior Bryanna Music roots for Delta freshman Lily Lockhart to win the discus. And Lockhart roots for Music to win the shot put.
They went one-two in the shot put at the Mickey Dunn Invitational at Stocker Stadium on Saturday.
Music won with a toss of 42 feet, 9 inches, and Lockhart was second at 37-5.
The discus was a tight competition, with Rifle’s Brittany Neuroth winning with a toss of 118-7. Lockhart was third at 109-2.
Music, who has qualified for state the past three years in the shot, is looking to keep improving to peak at the Class 4A state meet in May.
“I choked at state,” she said bluntly about her performance last year. “I have a big goal set (for this season), it’s 48 feet. So, I’m hoping to hit that mark at state.”
Her winning mark Saturday was a personal record, but she said she’s been close to 45 feet in practice.
She’s pretty honest about comparing the shot put and discus events.
“I just like (the shot put) a lot better because I do so much better with it. I get really frustrated with the discus,” she said.
But for Lockhart, the discus is her event.
“I’ve been throwing the discus since the seventh grade,” she said. “I like it because it’s more technical.”
She added, “My aunt and dad were both throwers in high school, and my aunt got second at state (in discus).”
Even in the second meet of the year, Music’s focus is squarely on state. After winning the regional her first two years and placing second as a junior, Music is determined to bring home a state medal this year.
“I want to improve a little bit every week and then peak at state,” she said.
For Lockhart, Music has been a great mentor.
“It’s really cool, because she knows what she’s doing, so she can help me. I’ve learned when I get frustrated to just work through it,” she said.
Delta’s other title on Saturday came from Mykayla Music, who won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12 minutes, 3.93 seconds to edge Battle Mountain’s Sydney Gaylord at 12:07.96.
Fruita Monument’s girls won four events and finished second to Battle Mountain in the team standings with 84 points, 8.5 behind the Huskies.
Katie Werman took first in the 100 meters and anchored the winning 400 relay for the Wildcats.
In the 200, she battled a wicked head wind to win her heat and seemingly the title, since it was the eighth and final heat. But Jill Payne, a Grand Junction sophomore, posted a 26.14 in the seventh heat to beat Werman’s time of 27.02.
Werman said she was happy with how the relay team ran.
“We all did great as a team, and we had a better time than we started with last year,” she said of the team, which consisted of Michaela Hoffman, Alison Jameson, Joelle LeFevre and Werman.
Payne, who finished second to Werman in 100 meters, is a bit of surprise for the Tigers this season.
“Honestly, I knew I was going to be faster this year, but I didn’t think I’d be that much faster,” Payne said with a smile. “But I’ve been working out and lifting (weights), and I know that’s helped so much, and I know it helps everyone who does it.”
Hoffman, who was running in her first meet of the season, ran a strong 300 hurdles to win in a time of 47.98 to edge Montrose’s Brooke White, who ran a 48.35. The junior qualified for state in the event last year and was only one second off her personal best.
“I didn’t know what my time would be in my first meet of the season and not practicing a lot, so I’m pretty excited to see what it was,” Hoffman said.
Fruita Monument’s Emily Werman won the long jump with a leap of 15-8½.
Grand Junction’s Madi Marsh won the high jump with a jump of 5-foot-1. Abi Grace McGee won the 100 hurdles for Montrose with a time of 16.79.