Wheatridge Middle School hosted Paola and Eudora middle school track teams at a WMS track meet on April 21.
WMS’ eighth grade boys took the top spot on the podium, with the help of many first place finishes.
WMS’ Dakota Crownover took first in the shot put, tossing 33-feet 2 inches to secure gold. Parker Collette took the top spot in discus with a toss of 108-feet 9-inches, while Trenton Bilhimer placed first in pole vault clearing 9-feet 3-inches.
WMS eighth grade Mustangs also excelled in running events. Timothy Stuart took first in the 3200 meter and 800 meter runs. Sae Alcorn-Tisinger landed gold in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash. Rodolfo Berrum took the top spot in the 1600 meter run. Conner Wade took first in the 400 meter run, crossing the finish line in 58.71 seconds. Three WMS relay teams also finished on top of the podium.
Several WMS eighth graders took silver medals. Seth Shipps took second in the long jump. Jorge Adams placed second in the 3200 meters, and Tae Alcorn-Tisinger took second in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash.  Stuart placed second in the 400 meter run and Berrum was second in the 800 meter run. One WMS relay team earned silver as well.
Noah Spencer took third place in the pole vault and the long jump. WMS’ Harlan Easley was right behind Spencer in the long jump. Easley took fourth.
The eighth grade girls team also took first in the home meet last week.
The team was lead by several first place finishers, including Ashlyn Anderson in the high jump. She tied a school record with a leap of 5-feet 2 inches. Other top finishers were Jamie Gaither in the 3200 meter run, Skyler Bartels in the 100 meter dash, the 400 meter dash and the 200 meter dash. Mustang teams crossed the finish line in first place in every relay event.
In addition to Anderson’s school-record leap and first-place finish in high jump, she also took silver in the 400 meter run. Other second place finishers included Kyla Shappel in the long jump and high jump, Natalia Balog in the 1600 meter run, and Gaither in the 800 meter run.
Third place finishers were Emma Guzan in the pole vault, Haley Meyers in the 100 meter hurdles and the 800 meter run, Javier Easley in the 100 meter dash, Sawyer Brooks in the 1600 meter run, and Shappell in the 200 meter dash.
The WMS seventh grade boys team fell just one-point short of taking first place in the meet.
In field events, Marcus Thomas took first in the shot point with a 38-feet 3-inch toss. He also leapt into first place in the high jump. Gavin Brown took first in pole vault.
Thomas also earned gold in the 200 meter dash, and a seventh grade WMS relay team took first place.
Several WMS seventh graders netted second place. Ishmael Scales took the silver in 100 meter hurdles, Teven McKelvey took silver in the 100 meter dash, and Mitch Lumley took second in the 1600 meter run. A relay team also took second.
Third place finishers were Brown in the discus, Teven McKelvey in the high jump, Austin Simpson in the pole vault, and Ishamel Scales in the 100 meter dash.
WMS’ Keith Casey took fourth in the pole vault and the 100 meter dash, and Caden LeClusye took fourth in the 400 meter run.
Seventh grade girls had some great performances as well and came in third place.
Mustang Taylor Grasser leapt to the top of the podium in the long jump as did Kailani Donham, who took first in the high jump. Zoe Daniels took gold in the 200 meter dash, and a WMS relay team also took gold.
Zoe also took second in the 100 meter dash, while Abby Daniels earned silver in the 400 meter run. One WMS relay team took second place as well.
Third place finishers included Donham in the pole vault, Zoe in the 100 meter hurdles, Shelby Baldwin the 1600 meter run, and Grasser in the 800 Meter Run.
The Mustangs look forward to the next meet on Tuesday, April 28, where they will race both cross town rivals Trail Ridge Middle School and Pioneer Ridge Middle School at PRMS. Results were not available at press time.