Tracksters battle the elements at Green River
GREEN RIVER – Wyoming’s volatile spring weather continues to wreak havoc on the high-school spring sports season. Heavy snow and strong winds greeted athletes at the 2023 Green River High School Invitational on Friday, April 21.
A particularly powerful wind gust knocked out the official timing camera early in the competition, forcing meet officials to use handheld timing devices for the remainder of the competition. As per new Wyoming state high-school regulations, results from handheld devices may not be used for official rankings, records or to prequalify athletes for State. While the meet in Green River continued as scheduled, none of the results printed below are considered official.
Regardless of weather and technical glitches, track and field athletes from Pinedale High School rose to the occasion and brought their A-game to each event.
“When this type of thing happens at meets, we look to learn as much as we can from our day competing,” said Head Coach Kyle Sullivan. “For starters, our athletes did not waver. They remained focused on the goal of performing at their best. When an athlete can perform in poor weather conditions, it can provide a big confidence boost because if you can execute and remain focused in these conditions, you can certainly perform well when the weather works in your favor.”
Junior Katyana Dexter excelled in throwing events in Green River. Hurtling the discus 127 feet, 9 inches, Dexter trounced the competition in the event to earn gold. The second-place finisher from Lander, Adelyn Anderson, trailed Dexter by more than 26 feet.
In the shot put, Dexter beat Anderson by nearly 3 feet. With a throw measured in at 37-02, Dexter bagged first place in the event.
Sophomore Madison Antonino won the grueling girls’ 3200-meter run. Posting a time of 12 minutes, 2.80 seconds, Antonino hit the finish line 1 minute, 42 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Big Piney.
Senior Ethan Jensen snagged fourth place in the boys’ triple jump, posting a leap of 39-04. He came in seventh place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.88 seconds.
Timing the girls’ 100-meter dash in at 13.22 seconds, senior Stephanie Resendiz Hernandez snapped up fourth place in the event. She went on to take seventh place in the 200-meter dash at 28.80 seconds.
Senior Mandy Majhanovich earned fifth place in the girls’ long jump, clearing 15-05. Majhanovich also secured fifth place in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 28.50 seconds.
Posting a time of 56.70 seconds in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, sophomore Mae McGuire accomplished fifth place in the event.
In the girls’ high jump, freshman Megan Boulter captured sixth place at 4-06.
Senior Luke Gray picked up sixth place in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.30 seconds. He also placed sixth in the high jump, clearing 5-02.
Senior Liam O’Connor came in eighth place in the boys’ 3200-meter run, timing in at 13:07.50.
Relay action consisted of a third-place finish for Majhanovich, McGuire, freshman Olivia Tolson and freshman Claire Thonhoff in the girls’ 4x400-meters. The team crossed the finish line in 4:41.20.
Resendiz, freshman Candice Goodrich, Thonhoff and Boulter snagged fourth place in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay with a combined time of 57.94 seconds.
In boys’ relays, senior Noah Sletten, Gray, junior Bodie Jensen and senior Sawyer Siefkes took fourth place in the 4x400-meters at 4:00.90. Sophomore Ian Obod, senior Cade Covill, Bodie Jensen and Sletten bagged fifth place in the 4x100-meter relay at 49.43 seconds.
Additional boys’ unofficial results
- 100-meters: Ethan Jensen in 13th place at 11.71 seconds, Obod in 17th at 11.87, Cale Dauwen in 19th at 11.94, Ryley Lea in 22nd at 12.07, Dalton Fryman in 27th at 12.23, Dillon Boespflug in 34th at 12.44, Sergio Duarte Villa in 37th at 12.56, Brandon Mata in 51st at 13.44, Dillon Bazzle in 55th at 13.67 and Trace Fildey in 60th at 13.89.
- 200-meters: Bodie Jensen in 16th place at 25.60 seconds, Obod in 21st at 26.10, Boespflug in 30th at 26.80, Siefkes in 38th at 27.90, Mata in 43rd at 28.60, Covill in 44th at 28.60, Brayson Boyer in 45th at 29.00 and Fildey in 48th at 30.00.
- 400-meters: Boyer in 22nd place at 1:04.00 and Bazzle in 35th at 1:08.50.
- 800-meters: O’Connor in 19th place at 2:37.00.
- 1600-meters: Michael Casebolt in 26th place at 6:23.10.
- 3200-meters: Casebolt in ninth place at 13:50.10.
- Long jump: Lea in 10th place at 18-05 ¼, Duarte Villa in 25th at 16-02 ¼, Siefkes in 26th at 16-02 and Boespflug in 37th at 13-03 ¼.
- Triple jump: Siefkes in 10th place at 37-04 ¼, Boyer in 14th at 36-00 and Lea in 16th at 35-06.
- Discus: Doug Dexter in 16th place at 94-10.
- Shot put: Dauwen in 12th place at 37-08, Covill in 13th at 36-05 and Dexter in 21st at 35-02.
Additional girls’ unofficial results
- 100-meters: Majhanovich in 13th place at 13.80 seconds, McGuire in 17th at 14.07, Lauren Jones in 19th at 14.15, Ellie Tolson in 23rd at 14.31, Thonhoff in 26th at 14.51, Keatin Bollock in 40th at 15.60, Reese Bollock in 41st at 15.63 and Alivia Dover in 50th at 16.66.
- 200-meters: Thonhoff in 18th place at 30.90 seconds, Trista Covill in 22nd at 31.40, Ellie Tolson in 23rd at 31.50, Jones in 26th at 31.60, Goodrich in 27th at 31.70, Keatin Bollock in 36th at 32.80, Boulter in 39th at 33.10 and Reese Bollock in 43rd at 34.80.
- 400-meters: Matazi Landers in ninth place at 1:13.80.
- 800-meters: Shelby Pearson in 14th place at 3:02.10 and McKinzie Mortensen in 16th at 3:03.00.
- 100-meter hurdles: McGuire in ninth place at 19.16 seconds, Jones in 10th at 19.29, Goodrich in 12th at 19.48, Mortensen in 16th at 20.53 and Pearson in 20th at 22.59.
- 300-meter hurdles: Jones in 10th place at 58.80 seconds.
- Long jump: Ellie Tolson in 23rd place at 12-07 ½ and Dover in 33rd at 6-09.
- Discus: Haven Whitley in 21st place at 65-08.
- Shot put: Whitley in 25th place at 24-02, Hadlee Francis in 40th at 19-08, Hannah Liske in 42nd at 18-03 and Anna Wexels in 44th at 17-08 ½.