And to think, Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler once had to prod Keenan Bruchez to run the 110-meter hurdles.
On Thursday, for the third time in as many track meets, the junior set a new school record. Bruchez won the event at the North Park Invitational in 16.59 seconds. The Class 2A state prequalifying time is 16.33.
Hayden Track Results Girls 100 meters -- Lauren Branstetter (3rd), Jessica Martin (6th) 100 hurdles -- Kristin Miller (6th) 200 -- Lauren Branstetter (2nd), Jessica Martin (6th) 300 hurdles -- Kristin Miller (7th) 400 -- Lauren Branstetter (2nd) 800 -- Amber Suits (3rd) 1,600 -- Amber Suits (2nd) Discus -- Jessica Varah (2nd), Mariah Doolin (3rd) Boys 100 -- Evan Hilling (2nd), Jesse Drennan (3rd), Kenny Gehrman (6th) 110 hurdles -- Keenan Bruchez (1st -- 16.59) 200 -- Evan Hilling (2nd), Jesse Drennan (4th) 400 -- Zathan Bark (5th) 400 relay -- Evan Hilling, Jesse Drennan, Kenny Gehrman, Brandon Ford (1st -- 45.58)* 1,600 relay -- Tyson Sweetser, Keenan Bruchez, Zathan Bark, Jesse Drennan (2nd) High jump -- Evan Hilling (2nd) Triple jump -- Kenny Gehrman (4th) Shot put -- Tyson Sweetser (3rd), Keenan Bruchez (6th), Robert Culver (8th) Discus -- Tyson Sweetser (2nd), Keenan Bruchez (4th) *Class 2A state prequalifier A complete list of girls' results from Thursday's meet in Craig was not available.
"He's getting better," assistant Leif Jacobsen said.
Bruchez helped lead the boys to a first-place finish at the meet, which was hosted by Moffat County. The Tigers scored 100 points, tying Soroco for first.
The girls placed third behind West Grand and Soroco.
Hayden's other champion was its 400-meter boys relay team, which ran a 45.58 to win the race and prequalify for state. Last year, the combination of Evan Hilling, Jesse Drennan, Kenny Gehrman and Tyson Letlow took second place at the state meet.
Sophomore Brandon Ford stepped in for the injured Letlow on Thursday and helped the team prequalify in the team's third meet of the season. It's unknown when Letlow will return.
Individually, Hilling finished second in the 100 and 200 meters, running an 11.75 and a 23.45, respectively. He also placed second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
Drennan placed third in the 100 (11.89) and fourth in the 200 (24.13). Gehrman was sixth in the 100 (12.16), giving the Tigers three of the top six spots in the 100, an obvious indication as to why they are so successful in the sprint relays.
Tyson Sweeter (discus), Jessica Varah (shot put), Amber Suits (1,600 meters) and Lauren Branstetter (200 and 400) also picked up individual second-place finishes Thursday.
The boys 1,600-meter relay team of Sweetser, Bruchez, Bark and Drennan scored an unexpected second-place result in the race, after running it for the first time all season Friday. They finished in 3:55.54. Dren-nan, who rarely runs 400s, turned in the fastest split time of 55 seconds.
Hayden's next meet is an all-day competition today in Meeker.