Hilling, Sweetser take titles


Evan Hilling and Tyson Sweetser picked up titles Saturday at the Vail Christian Invitational.

Sweetser won the shot put and discus with throws of 41 feet, 8 inches and 128-2, respectively, to continue his dominance in the throwing events.

Hilling placed first in the 100 meters in 11.55 seconds. He also placed second in the high jump, clearing 5-10.

The Vail Christian In-vitational was hosted by Eagle Valley High School, and the field consisted of mostly Class 2A Western Slope schools.

In addition to the three event titles, the Tigers picked up top three finishes in six other events, including Hilling's finish in the high jump.

Keenan Bruchez was just behind Sweetser in the shot put and discus with throws of 40-7 1/2 and 127-8, respectively. Bruchez's shot-put throw was a personal best. Robert Culver placed fourth and also threw a personal best of 39-2.

Amber Suits took third in the 1,600 meters in 6:01.19, and Mariah Doolin was third in the high jump, clearing 4-4.

Doolin teamed with Jessica Martin, Emily Whiteman and Lauren Branstetter to finish third in the 800-meter relay in 1:55.06, as well.

Up next for Hayden is the Clint Wells Invitational on Saturday. The all-day meet hosted by Moffat County is a state pre-qualifying meet and one of the biggest meets of the year for the Tigers. With the exception of Levi Sheldon, who is injured, Hayden should have everyone ready to compete.

"We are really excited to finally be near full strength," coach Kevin Kleckler said. "We are excited about the opportunity to run our relays."

Hayden went to a mid-week meet in Rangely on Tuesday, where the Tigers had the chance to compete in the boys 400- and 800-meter relays for the first time this season. Last year, the boys finished second in the 400-meter relay at state and posted one of the state's best times in the 800-meter relay, as well.


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