Lady Wranglers, Wranglers hit their marks at Regionals

Robert Galbreath photo Next stop – State! Twelve PHS athletes qualified to compete at the State Track Meet in Casper on May 18-20. Pictured in front, from left, are Katyana Dexter, Karsyn Henn, Olivia Tolson, McKinzie Mortensen and Megan Boulter. In back, from left, are Lauren Jones, Madison Antonino, Stephanie Resendiz, Noah Sletten, Mae McGuire and Mandy Majhanovich.

WORLAND – Pinedale High School track and field athletes achieved new personal records and garnered plenty of hardware at the 3A West Regional Track Meet in Worland on May 12-13.

The top eight finishers in individual events and the top four relay teams secured a spot at the State Track Meet in Casper on May 18-20.

Exceeding expectations, the Lady Wranglers earned third place with 78.50 points.

“The girls’ team had an excellent weekend in Worland,” said Head Coach Kyle Sullivan. “Based on rankings going into the weekend, the girls’ team was projected to finish fifth, but they took the third-place team ranking.”

Sullivan praised the team for stepping up to the challenge.

“Katyana Dexter and Madison Antonino continued to demonstrate their consistency in throwing and on the track by winning five events between the two of them,” he said. “These two athletes are incredible leaders for this team, beginning with their work ethic in practice and leading to their competition efforts week in and week out. Karsyn Henn’s throw in discus was a huge personal best to qualify for State. Mandy Majhanovich jumped over 16 feet for the first time (in long jump), and was able to do that twice in the same competition, which was really cool.”

While the Wrangler boys posted solid accomplishments, including new personal-bests in many events, only one member of the team, senior Noah Sletten, qualified for State in the pole vault.

“The boys’ group that we took to Regionals performed well at the meet, but unfortunately the State-qualifying process did not go their way,” said Sullivan. “We had many athletes finish extremely close to a qualifying position, but not quite make it. On the first day of Regionals, our team had 22 personal best performances, many of which were from the boys’ team. Noah had a solid performance during a windy vault competition and we are excited to see him vault at State.”

Dexter captured gold in both the girls’ discus and shot put. Breaking her own Pinedale High School record in the discus set earlier this season, Dexter won the discus by a significant margin with a new record of 141 feet, 11 inches. The runner-up from Worland trailed Dexter by more than 19 feet.

In the shot put, Dexter secured first place with a throw measured in at 40-00 ½, nearly 4 feet ahead of the competition.

Antonino crushed the competition in long-distance events. On Friday, Antonino snagged gold in the girls’ 800-meter finals, clocking in at 2 minutes, 24.41 seconds and beating Zena Tapia, of Worland, by 0.32 seconds.

Antonino went on to win the 3200-meter run, timing in at 12:07.01, more than 7 seconds ahead of Tapia.

Rounding out the meet in the 1600-meter run, Antonino bagged gold in the event with a time of 5:26.31. Antonino pulled ahead of Tapia by nearly 3 seconds to secure first place.

Majhanovich earned fifth place in the girls’ long-jump finals, posting a State-qualifying leap measured in at 16-01.

Freshman Megan Boulter snapped up sixth place in the finals for the girls’ high jump with a leap of 4-09.

Henn punched her ticket to State in the girls’ discus, clearing 100 feet with a toss of 105-02.

Senior Stephanie Resendiz took eighth place in both the finals for the girls’ 100-meter dash, at 13.37 seconds, and the 200-meter dash, at 27.54 seconds.

Sletten secured eighth place in the finals for the boys’ pole vault, reaching a height of 11-06.

Resendiz, sophomore Mae McGuire, Majhanovich and Antonino qualified for State by placing third in the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley finals. The team crossed the finish line at 4:33.12.

The girls’ 4x800-meter team – junior Lauren Jones and freshmen Matazi Landers, McKinzie Mortensen and Olivia Tolson – also qualified for state, placing fourth in the event at 11:36.92.

Additional girls’ finals results

  • 800-meters: Mortensen in 14th place at 2:47.85.
  • 1600-meters: Olivia Tolson in 14th place at 6:19.36.
  • 4x100-meter relay: Alicia Dexter, Goodrich, Ellie Tolson and Claire Thonhoff in fifth place at 54.90 seconds.
  • 4x400-meter relay: Landers, McGuire, Mortensen and Thonhoff in sixth place at 4:36.63.
  • Pole vault finals: Isabelle Rigo in ninth place at 7-06.
  • Long jump: Alicia Dexter in 18th place at 13-08, Ellie Tolson in 22nd at 11-10 and Trista Covill in 24th at 10-09.
  • Shot put: Henn inn 14th place at 29-10, Morgan Grossman in 22nd at 26-02 and Haven Whitley in 25th at 24-11.
  • Discus: Whitley in 20th place at 79-00 and Grossman in 21st at 77-05.

Additional boys’ finals results

  • 1600-meters: Michael Casebolt in 25th place at 5:51.48.
  • 3200-meters: Casebolt in 21st place at 12:51.07.
  • 4x100-meter relay: Bodie Jensen, Ethan Jensen, Ian Obod and Sawyer Siefkes in sixth place at 3:43.21.
  • 1600-meter sprint medley relay: Joseph Bain, Ryley Lea, Sletten and Siefkes in seventh place at 4:16.80.
  • High jump: Luke Gray in ninth place at 5-04.
  • Pole vault: Bodie Jensen in 15th place at 9-06 and Gray in 17th at 9-00.
  • Long jump: Lea in 13th place at 18-02 ½, Siefkes in 15th at 17-09 ½ and Sergio Duarte Villa in 20th place at 17-02.
  • Triple jump: Ethan Jensen in 10th place at 38-05, Siefkes in 11th at 38-04 ½ and Lea in 23rd at 34-08 ½.
  • Shot put: Covill in 11th place at 38-02, Bain in 18th at 34-09 and Andy DeClue in 27th at 29-06 ½.
  • Discus finals: DeClue in 18th place at 97-05.