Kenward claims four event titles
Running, jumping and smiling, that’s what track and field is all about to Zaccre Kenward.
The Palisade senior did all three of those things a lot at the Class 4A Western Slope League meet on Saturday at Stocker Stadium.
He hand plenty to smile about after pulling off the impressive but rare quadruple win — all in individual events.
“I did it last year but one was a relay, so it’s kinda cool to win four all in individual events,” he said, smiling.
Kenward and the Bulldogs were hoping to pull out the team victory, but Glenwood Springs pulled ahead late and won the boys team title with 124 points to Palisade’s 115.
Kenward won the long jump on Friday (22 feet, 1¼ inches), the 100 meters (11.16 seconds), 200 meters (22.14) and triple jump (46-2¼) on Saturday.
“In the sprints, I love the 200 and for the jumps, I love the triple,” he said about his favorite events.
With one more meet until the state championships in Lakewood, it’s been a satisfying season for Kenward and the Bulldogs.
“The season has been great, just to see where the team started from and where we are now, it’s cool to see how much we’ve improved this year,” he said.
Kenward has the top mark in triple jump in 4A and is in the top five in the long jump. His time in the 200 is a season best and should move him up from his current spot of 10th.
The Palisade boys won a total of eight events. Connor Dillon won the 800 and 1,600, and Sam Erickson won the 400.
Caleb Brown cracked the 50-foot mark in the shot put at 50-5 to take first with Palisade teammate Kyle Hall in second at 45-½. Brown now has the third-best mark in 4A.
For the Palisade girls, Laura Richardson won the triple jump at 33-7, and Hannah Pacheco won the discus at 105-8.
The Delta boys had a stellar day with the baton winning the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay events in the 3A WSL meet.
Jacob Wear took the baton on the 800-meter relay and held off Aspen’s sprinter Sunday Abarca to get the win for the Panthers. Their time of 1:32.56 moves them into the top 10 in the 3A rankings.
Abarca was an easy winner in the 100 and 200.
Lily Lockhart led the Delta girls by winning the shot put and discus. Emily Baier won the triple jump at 33-2½ and Kaley St. Peter won the long jump at 16-4½.
Grand Valley’s Kylyn Rigsby won three events in 3A, taking the high jump at 5-3, and winning the 100 hurdles (16.41) and the 300 hurdles (48.23).
The Cardinals also got wins in the 400 with freshman Jordyn Pittman going under one minute at 59.71, and Shaya Chenoweth in the 200 (27.04).
In the 1A/2A WSL meet, the Paonia girls and Cedaredge boys showed why they are poised to try to defend their state 2A team titles.
The Paonia girls cruised to an easy win in the team competition on Saturday as did the Cedaredge boys. The Bruins scored an eye-popping 170 points with Meeker in second with 81.
Ty Grant and Isaac Swoffer went 1-2 in the 100, and Grant later won the 200. Swoffer won the long jump too.
Cedaredge also dominated the relays winning the 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 events. All four relay teams are ranked in the top three in 2A.
In the throws, Patrick Walker won the discus (140-8) with Darrin Young of Hotchkiss winning the shot put (46-7½).
Most track and field teams have one more week to try and secure a top 18 spot in events to qualify for the state meet May 19-21.