Long jump Eden Birchem

Eden Birchem jumps at a meet earlier this year. (Montrose Daily Press file photo)

After two straight weeks of finishing second, the Lady Indians track and field team was able to improve, winning five different individual events in route to a first-place finish Saturday at the Cedaredge Invitational.

The 800-meter medley relay team of Abigail Renfrow, Katie Sherwood, Jade Replogle and Kelsey Rycenga took first place with a time of 1:56.43. The four runners also teamed up in the 4X200 and ended up at the top of the leaderboard (1:50.40).

Eden McGee placed first in the long jump with a distance of 15-1.75. After missing last week’s meet, Keli Drye finished with a pair of first-place finishes in the discus and shot put (128-10 and 38-8 respectively).

“Keli Drye was back from gymnastics and dominated the throws,” coach Kyle Miller said via email.

The boys also had a good showing with a respectable fourth-place team finish.

Nels Motley, Gabe Benitez, Josh Simpson and Jacob Kettell paired up for the 4X800 relay and took first place (9:29.24).

Motley also finished in the top spot in the 3200-meter run (11:02.94). Simpson and Alex Wheeler ended up fourth and sixth, respectively, in the same event (12:02.97 and 12:35.20).

Benitez, Isaac Renfrow, Jonah Renfrow and Adrian Alvarez took fourth place in the 4X400 relay (3:53.60).

Alvarez and Jonah Renfrow later teamed up with Wes March and Ethan Birchem in the 4X800 relay and wound up in sixth (9:48.11).

In the 110 hurdles, Isaac Renfrow finished second (17.87). He also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.97).

Gabe Benitez finished fourth in the 800-meter run (2:14.02).

Kyle Stevenson took third in the triple jump (38-1.5) while Trey Harrison placed seventh (36-1).

Stevenson also placed third in the high jump (5-4). Additionally, Harrison and Quinn Hughes came in at fourth and eighth, respectively, in the same event (5-2 and 5-2).

Miller praised Stevenson’s performance, saying his distances in both events were some of the best he has had all year.

Although Abigail Renfrow took first place in both the 200 and 400 the past two weeks, she came in second in both events (26.29 and 58.81 respectively.) Despite not winning either one, she did set her best times in each event which included shaving off two seconds in the 400, Miller said.

In the 800, Rycenga finished as the runner-up (2:53.93); Stephanie Perfors took sixth in the 1600 (2:35.93).

Sherwood placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (50.79). She also finished third in the 300 hurdles (50.79) while McGee wound up in sixth (52.60).

Abbey Heide took second and third place in the high jump and triple jump respectively (4-10 and 32-6).

“There (was) a lot of good competition and the kids handled it well,” Miller said. “I saw a lot of competitive drive from our kids and this early in the season means they will just keep improving. By the (end) of the year we should be seeing some great things.”

Up next, Montrose competes Saturday at the Frank Woodburn Invite in Grand Junction

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.

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