PINEDALE – A stormfront moving through Wyoming last week brought winter conditions and played havoc on outdoor sports events.
The Green River High School Track and Field Invite on Friday, April 22, went ahead as scheduled before the weather forced organizers to end the event with less than half of events completed.
The Kemmerer Invite, originally set to take place on Saturday, was rescheduled for Monday, April 25, due to snow, wind and frigid temperatures.
The Pinedale High School track team took the elements and abrupt schedule changes in stride. Athletes scooped up hardware in events at Green River. No team scores were kept.
On Monday evening, the team regrouped and scored points at Kemmerer. The boys swept the competition, taking first place overall with 146.50 points. The girls came in third place with 147.33 points.
Head coach Kyle Sullivan was pleased with the team’s efforts.
“Green River was unfortunately cut short due to the weather, but the kids that were able to compete worked really hard,” he said. “With Kemmerer, starting a track meet late in the day is always interesting for athletes, as meets are typically an all-day event, but our team performed really well in the evening format. Lots of kids were able to achieve season best makes and their performances are certainly trending in the right direction.”
Green River highlights
Sophomore Katyana Dexter continued her winning streak in girls’ discus. Her first-place throw cleared 119 feet, 6 inches, beating the runner-up from Lyman by nearly 8 feet. Dexter finished third in the shot put with a mark of 32 feet, 8 inches.
Freshman Elyn Bowers earned silver in the girls’ long jump with a leap measured at 16 feet, 5 1/4 inches. Senior Maggie Harber took home bronze in the girls’ triple jump, hitting a mark of 31 feet.
The girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay team picked up gold. Junior Mikayla Drake, freshman Sarah Helm, sophomore Lauren Jones and freshman Mae McGuire beat Green River by 4.5 seconds with a time of 4:59.90.
Senior Jacob Bain, senior James Kervitsky, sophomore Liam O’Connor and junior Nicholas Vitanza scored second place in the boys 1600 sprint medley with a time of 4:18.75.
Freshman Madison Antonino won the girls’ 1600-meter run, timing in at 5 minutes, 46.91 seconds. She beat the second-place finisher from Lyman by almost 30 seconds.
Antonino also captured gold in the 800-meter run at 2:37.24.
Dexter took first place in girls’ discus, marked at 129 feet, 3 inches, winning by 18 feet, 11 inches.
In boys’ sprinting events, Kervitsky seized gold in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He timed the 100 meter in at 11.74 seconds and hit a mark of 23.64 seconds in the 200 meter. Kervitsky pre-qualified for State in the 200 meter.
Freshman Nicolas Sletten won the boys’ triple jump, clearing 37 feet, 8 inches and beating the runner-up from Kemmerer by 2 feet, 8 inches.
Junior Rhonda Auradou secured second place in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, finishing the event in 17.74 seconds. She tied for second place in the high jump at 4 feet, 5 inches.
Helm placed second in the girls’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:50.04. Harber took silver in the girls’ triple jump, leaping 30 feet, 11 1/2 inches.
In boys’ distance events, sophomore Michael Casebolt finished second in the 1600-meter run at 6:22.92. O’Connor took silver in the 3200-meter run at 12:24.46.
Bowers secured bronze in the girls’ 100-meter dash, clocking in at 13.77 seconds. Freshmen Lauryn Scurlock and Madeline Hawke tied for third in the girls’ high jump with a mark of 4 feet, 3 inches.
Freshman Ian Obod placed third in both the boys’ 100-meter dash, at 11.94 seconds, and the triple jump, at 33 feet, 1/4 inch.
In the boys’ high jump, juniors Luke Gray and Hayden Jones tied for third, both clearing 5 feet. Gray also picked up bronze in the 300-meter hurdles at 52.97 seconds.
Relay teams put in solid performances. The boys’ 4x100-meter team bagged gold. Kervitsky, Vitanza, senior Konner Ziegler and freshman Joseph Bain clocked in at 46.74 seconds, edging Lyman out by nearly 5 seconds.
Joseph Bain, Gray, Sletten and freshman James Tolson snagged silver in the boys’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 4:12.61.
Jacob Bain, junior Dillon Boespflug, Tolson and Joseph Bain placed second in the boys’ 4x400-meter relay at 4:09.74.
In the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley, Drake, Helm, Lauren Jones and McGuire pulled into second place at 4:59.65. Auradou, Bowers, junior Mandy Majhanovich and junior Stephanie Resendiz Hernandez scored silver in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay, clocking in at 53.79 seconds. The team also pre-qualified for State.
Helm, freshman Matazi Landers, McGuire and Antonino secured second place in the girls’ 4x400-meter relay at 4:42.54.
Additional girls’ results – Green River
Additional boys’ results – Green River
Additional girls’ results – Kemmerer
Additional boys’ results – Kemmerer