Florida State-bound Williams wins 100 dash
Sierra Williams was back in the mountains Saturday, in the dry heat she loves, racing all teenagers once again.
Two weekends ago, the Cedaredge High School senior was at the Florida State University Relays in Tallahassee, Fla.
Running unattached, Williams took 20th in the 100-meter dash (defeating 15 Division I sprinters) and 14th in the 200 dash (ahead of 30 sprinters.)
Back to Colorado — Williams, who has signed to sprint at FSU, took first in the 100 dash (12.47) and led off in Cedaredge’s winning 400 relay at the Frank Woodburn Invitational track and field meet at Stocker Stadium.
“I definitely missed the weather here,” Williams said. “There was a lot of pressure (in Florida) — the coach is watching and you’re running for her, and your future teammates are there, so, yeah, I was nervous.”
Delta won the girls division with 92 points, followed by Paonia (82) and Telluride (77). Cedaredge placed seventh (47.5).
Fruita Monument won the boys division with 117 points, followed by Cedaredge (103.5) and Grand Junction (97.5).
Fruita’s Derrik Winstanley, Vince Grasso, James Lewis and Cody Maston won the 400 and 800 relays. In the 200 dash, Lewis was clocked at 22.75 seconds. Winstanley took second with a 23.32.
But Class 3A Cedaredge nearly won the boys meet, thanks in part to hurdler Dante Markley, who won the 110 hurdles by more than a second. His time of 16.74 seconds, with not a trace of wind, was better than Montrose’s Ethan Woods, who took second in 17.69.
Markley also won the 300 hurdles, nipping Wood by .10 seconds.
During his first wrestling season, Markley said he developed the necessary flexibility. “It has to lot to do with snapping my lead leg over better,” Markley said.
The Delta girls won numerous relays, but it was identical twins Cleo and Clarissa Whiting who broke a school record in the 1,600 run.
Although Clarissa Whiting and Cleo took second and third, respectively (Hotchkiss’s Natalie Anderson won in 5:21), they broke the previous school record of 5:28.
Clarissa — who will be the official record holder — ran a 5:22.45 and Cleo ran a 5:22.60.
Cedaredge distance coach J.B. Lopez guessed the old record was set in 1987.
“We decided earlier that because I have the 5k record and I’ve always loved the mile,” Clarissa said, “so my sister agreed — and we’re so close anyway — that she’ll give me the mile record and I’ll let her have the two-mile record, whenever we break that.”
Delta, in winning its division, was relay-happy, taking the 3,200 relay (Clarissa Whiting, Cleo Whiting, Kyla Ownbey, MacKennea Broyles) and 800 relay (Callie Gafford, Skylyn Webb, Taylor Zunich, Erin Zunich).
“I don’t think any teams are as close as we are,” Webb said. “We can just get crazy around each other, say whatever comes to our mind. I think that helps us in practice.”
Delta also took second in the 800 sprint medley.
Hotchkiss’s team of Jordan Steinke, Kristen Schubert, Rocio Roman and Ashlynn Speakman won the medley in a time of 1:56.72.
Also for Hotchkiss, Jennifer Celis won the 800 run with a time of 59.17 seconds — three seconds ahead of second place Lindsay Russell of Paonia.
“I’m a little more focused this season,” said Celis, a sophomore. “I know what I’m capable of.”
The meet was hosted by Palisade, and fittingly, the Palisade boys won the meet’s final event, the 1,600 relay, in 3:36.40.
Jack Millard ran the third leg for the Bulldogs, passing a runner from Fruita Monument and handing off to anchor Kane Gunther, who held the lead for the win. Chad McGillivary and Greg Tarman also ran a leg.
“It’s so much fun passing someone,” Millard said. “There’s nothing like it. Except football.”