Pinedale track peaks for postseason

JACKSON – Despite being a short season due to weather cancellations early on, the Pinedale High School track team competed in its final regular season meet last weekend during the Lynn Williams Invitational in Jackson on Saturday.

It was one of the smaller meets of the season for the Wranglers, as only four schools were in attendance, including Jackson Hole, Teton High School, Star Valley and Pinedale.

On the girls’ side, Pinedale secured a second-place finish with 151 points, while the boys team earned a first-place finish with 165 points.

According to head coach Eric Oram, he was pleased with the overall effort put out on the track from his athletes.

“Pinedale track was on fire today,” he said. “So many athletes did such a great job and set personal records”

On the girls’ side, the strong individual performances began over in the 100-meter dash, where freshman Anna Harber took second with a time of 13.26 seconds to prequalify for state. Harber later joined forces in the 4x100-meter relay race with sophomore Madison Friend, freshman Adriana Liserio and freshman Maggie Majhanovich. The team’s time of 53.17 seconds was fast enough to prequalify the team for state. Majhanovich later earned third in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 4 inches, which qualified her for state.

Friend went on to take third in the pole vault after clearing 8 feet even, before going on to take second in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, 4 inches. Senior Shantelle Rule led the way in the triple jump with a jump of 34 feet, 7 inches, to give the team a top-three finish. Rule also finished strong in running events, taking first in the 300-meter hurdles in 49.97 seconds,

In field events, junior Hannah Mivshek continues to dominate in both shot put and discus. The thrower took first in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 7.5 inches, while senior Aimee Gray took second with a throw of 29 feet, 4 inches. Freshman Savanna Criddle rounded out the top three Pinedale finishers with a throw of 28 feet, 6 inches.

Mivshek went on to finish third in the discus after launching a throw of 94 feet, 9 inches. Gray went on to finish fourth after picking up a throw of 87 feet, 4 inches.

On the boys’ side, junior Raven Que led the way in the 100-meter dash with a quick time of 11.77 seconds, while sophomore Teagan Pennock placed second in 11.88 seconds. Later in the 200-meter race, junior Courtney Campbell blazed past the competition to earn first with a time of 23.64 seconds, with Pennock taking third with a time of 24.40 seconds.

In the 800, junior Jackson Snell secured third after running the race in 2:17.66, while senior distance runner Nathan Stewart later finished third in the 1,600-meter race in 4:56.70.

In the 300 hurdles, junior Kade Winters continues to improve with each meet, finishing first with a time of 44.77 seconds. Oram says Winters is someone to keep an eye out for, as the junior is cutting his time every meet he runs.

Relay teams fared well in the meet, as the 4x100 team, consisting of sophomore Kade Ziegler, Campbell, Que and Pennock, finished first overall with a time of 44.97 seconds.

“Zack Winer was replaced for today by Ziegler and he did so great,” the coach noted.

Later, the 4x400 team of sophomore Eric Liu, Snell, Campbell and Ziegler earned the top spot with a time of 3:43.57.

In field events, sophomore Anival Ramos took first in the high jump after soaring 5 feet, 4 inches. In the long jump, Pinedale secured the top two places after Campbell took first with a distance of 22 feet event, while Que earned second with a jump of 19 feet, 4 inches. Later in the triple jump, senior Jacob Mitchell picked up third place with a jump of 37 feet, 1 inch. In shot put, senior Sergio Saenz finished third with an impressive throw spanning 38 feet, 11 inches.

In the discus, senior Kyle Brewer picked up a third place finish with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches.

The Wranglers are now at the point where they dive head first into postseason action. The team heads to the 3A Southwest Regional Track Meet in Rock Springs today and on Saturday, May 13, to see how they stack up among other athletes in the region. Oram says he has high hopes for how his team will perform.

“Our team couldn’t be in a better position,” he said.

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