Tigers earn team fifth at Saturday league meet

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— Hayden senior Keenan Bruchez placed in all four of his events during Saturday's Western Slope League meet in Kremmling, but the Tigers could place no better than fifth as a team.

The host Mustangs ran away with the team title, scoring 141 points. Second-place Paonia scored 98 points.

The Tigers finished with 59 points, and Bruchez, whose long jump of 19 feet, 8 1/2 inches won the event, scored 31 points in his four individual events.

In addition to winning the long jump, Bruchez took second in the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles and placed fourth in the discus.

Teammate Tyson Sweetser won the discus, throwing 139-10. Sweetser also won the shot put with a throw of 45-11.

Bruchez and Sweetser were the only Tiger boys to win individual events Saturday, but Hayden's boys also got points from Tyson Letlow and Billy Zehner.

The girls also placed fifth. They were bolstered by Kylee Sweetser's winning triple jump of 31-6.

Kylee Sweetser teamed up with Melissa Geis, Holli Salazar and Jessica Martin to place third in the 800-meter medley, or sprint med.

The girls have an outside shot at qualifying for the Class 2A State Track and Field Championships in the medley, but they will have to place in the top three at Friday and Saturday's Region 5 meet in Grand Junction. The meet is at Stocker Stadium.

Hayden coach Kevin Kleckler said to expect some surprises from the Tigers this weekend.

"We are going to run a boys four-by-four and four-by-one," he said. "We are going to give it a shot. What have we got to lose? We're also going to mix up our girls' relays."

It will be the first time this year the boys have fielded a 1,600-meter relay, so it's tough to predict how they will do.

Members of Hayden's region are Coal Ridge, Crested Butte, DeBeque , Dolores, Dove Creek, Grand Valley, Mancos, Meeker, North Park, Norwood, Nucla, Ouray, Paonia, Plateau Valley, Rangely, Ridgway, Soroco, Telluride, Vail Christian and West Grand.

The top three finishers in each event qualify for the state meet May 19 and 20 at Dutch Clark Stadium in Pueblo.

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