PINEDALE – Top track and field athletes came together at the 3A West Regional Track Meet in Lander on May 14-15 to test the waters for the State Championships in Casper this weekend.
Pinedale runners, jumpers and throwers rose to the occasion and returned home with plenty of hardware. Additional athletes qualified at the Regional Meet and 18 Wranglers boarded the bus to contend for a state championship title on May 20-22.
The girls’ squad finished in sixth place with 43 points while the boys took seventh at 44 points.
“Our team competed really well at Regionals,” said head coach Eric Oram. “The coaching staff is tickled to death. Our goal was to go into the postseason happy and healthy, and for the most part, we’ve achieved that. We’re right where we should be going into State.”
Senior Riley Dauwen proved her mettle in mid-distance events, securing second place in the girls’ 400-meter dash finals. Dauwen clocked in at 1 minute, 0.25 seconds, nearly a half-second faster than her preliminary time and less than a second from the school record, said Coach Oram.
Teagan Bowers put in a strong performance in jumping events. The senior took second place in the boys’ triple jump finals, clearing 42 feet, 8 inches.
Bowers snagged another second-place medal in the boys’ long jump finals with a leap measured at 21-00 1/4.
Taking third place in the girls’ long jump finals, senior McKinley Boulter broke her personal record for the season, landing at 16-08.
Dauwen, along with sophomore Mandy Majhanovich, freshman Lauren Jones and senior Grace Davis, snagged third place in the girls’ 4x400-meter relay at 4:15.41.
The boys’ 4x100-meter relay team – junior Jacob Bain, senior Gatlin Egle, junior James Kervitsky and junior Konner Ziegler – picked up third place at 46.18 seconds. Kervitsky, sophomore Noah Sletten, sophomore Dillon Boespflug and Bain finished third in the boys’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay, timing in at 3:49.37.
Sprinters scored hard-earned points for the team at Lander. In the boys’ 400-meter dash finals, Bain picked up fourth place at 52.73 seconds with Egle in eighth place at 55.31 seconds.
Bowers finished fifth in the boys’ 200-meter dash finals at 23.60 seconds and took sixth place in the 100-meter dash at 11.97 seconds.
Freshman Trista Covill pulled into fifth place in the girls’ 100-meter dash finals, timing in at 13.60 seconds. She placed sixth in the 200-meter dash finals at 28.29 seconds.
Additional jumping highlights included a fifth-place finish for junior Maggie Harber in the girls’ triple jump at 31-02. McKinley Boulter tied for seventh place in the girls’ high jump, clearing 4-05.
In the girls’ pole vault finals, sophomore Rhonda Auradou came in seventh place at 6-09. Dauwen took eighth place in the finals for the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 50.51 seconds.
Throwers entered a highly competitive field at Regionals. Freshman Katyana Dexter came in seventh place in the girls’ discus finals with a throw measured in at 101-09 1/2. She took eighth place in the shot put finals at 32-10 1/2.
Senior Dodge Westercamp finished the boys’ shot put finals in eighth place, clearing 44-08 1/2.
Rounding out top-eight finishes, McKinley Boulter, Davis, Majhanovich and Dauwen placed fifth in the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay at 4:40.64. Egle, Sletten, Boespflug and Bain picked up seventh place in the boys’ 4x400-meter relay at 3:39.97.
Auradou, McKinley Boulter, Covill and Harber took eighth place in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay at 54.00 seconds.