PINEDALE – Wyoming’s unpredictable spring weather threatened to derail the 2022 Mountain Man Track Invitational in Pinedale on Friday, April 29. Snow flurries, sleet and a tenacious wind bore down on athletes huddled in tents and wrapped in blankets.
In true mountain man form, Pinedale rose to the occasion and met the elements and opponents head on. An army of hardy volunteers also braved the cold and unrelenting gusts to make the event run smoothly.
The girls beat out nine teams to seize first place overall, tallying 146.50 team points. A smaller boys’ squad earned bronze with 85 points.
“Again, our team was facing less-than-ideal weather conditions, but found a way to still perform really well,” said head coach Kyle Sullivan. “The athletes are working really hard and are showing lots of progress.”
Senior James Kervitsky won the boys’ 100-meter dash. Clocking in at 11.60 seconds, he beat out the runner-up from Farson by 0.13 seconds and prequalified for State in his second event.
Junior Mandy Majhanovich prequalified in her second event after snapping up gold in the girls’ 100-meter dash. Finishing the race in 13.29 seconds, Majhanovich won by a wide margin of 0.23 seconds.
In mid-distance events, freshman Elyn Bowers pulled ahead of the competition by 1 second to capture first place in the girls’ 400-meter dash, timed in at 1 minute, 7.57 seconds.
Senior Maggie Harber snapped up gold in the girls’ triple jump in a close contest against Cokeville for the top spot. Harber cleared 31 feet, 4 inches, edging out the runner-up by a half-inch.
Sweeping throwing events, sophomore Katyana Dexter took first place in both the girls’ discus and the shot put. Hitting a mark of 125 feet, 6 inches in discus, she outdistanced her rival from Lyman by more than 20 feet. In shot put, Dexter’s toss was measured at 37 feet, 7 1/4 inches, nearly 2 feet ahead of second place.
Freshman Madison Antonino seized gold in the girls’ 3200-meter and 1600-meter runs. She left the competition behind by more than a minute in the 3200 meter, timing in at 12:05.64. Sliding in just under 6 minutes in the 1600 meter, Antonino beat the runner-up from Big Piney by 0.40 seconds with a time of 5:49.86.
Clearing 5 feet, 4 inches, junior Luke Gray picked up silver in the boys’ high jump. Senior Jacob Bain took second place in the boys’ 400-meter run, clocking in under a minute at 57.47 seconds.
Junior Rhonda Auradou placed second in the girls’ pole vault with a leap of 7 feet, 6 inches. In the girls’ 1600 meter, freshman Sarah Helm took bronze, hitting a mark of 6:44.83.
Relay teams snagged plenty of hardware. Antonino, Bowers, Majhanovich and freshman Mae McGuire won the girls’ 4x400 relay at 4:37.32.
Auradou, Bowers, Majhanovich and junior Stephanie Resendiz Hernandez secured silver in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay with a time of 55.17 seconds. Junior Keatin Bollock, freshman Evelynn Shivers, freshman Matazi Landers and senior Lexie Goodrich took second place in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay at 5:12.01.
Jacob Bain, Kervitsky, freshman James Tolson and senior Konner Ziegler earned silver in the boys’ 4x400 relay, finishing in 3:52.34. Freshman Joseph Bain, Kervitsky, junior Nicholas Vitanza and Ziegler came in second place in the 4x100 relay at 47.87 seconds.
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Resendiz Hernandez snapped up fourth place in both the girls’ 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at 13.78 seconds and 28.97 seconds, respectively. Sophomore Lauren Jones placed fourth in the girls 300-meter hurdles at 57.33 seconds and placed seventh in the 200-meter dash at 30.35 seconds.
Jacob Bain earned team points in the 200-meter dash, snapping up fourth place at 25.31 seconds. Freshman Nicolas Sletten came in fourth place in the boys’ triple jump, clearing 36-11 3/4.
Vitanza took fourth place in the in the boys’ long jump at 18-03 3/4. He pulled into seventh place in the 200 meter at 26.34 seconds.
Bowers placed fifth in the girls’ long jump, hitting a mark of 15-07. Goodrich represented Pinedale in the girls’ 800-meter run, securing fifth place at 2:59.17.
In the girls’ 400 meter, Landers came in fifth at 1:14.27. Sophomore Ryley Lea earned fifth place in both the boys’ triple jump, at 34-10, and the long jump, clearing 17-11.
Sophomore Austin Green placed fifth in two events – the boys’ shot put at 37-03 1/2 and the discus at 113-03. In the boys’ long jump, junior Sawyer Siefkes placed sixth with a mark of 17-09 3/4.
Majhanovich picked up sixth place in the girls’ long jump, marked at 15-02. Auradou snagged seventh place in both the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, timed at 18.06 seconds, and the high jump, clearing 4-05.
Freshman Alex Gosar pulled into seventh place in the boys’ triple jump at 32-08.
Rounding out points for the boys, Ziegler took eighth place in the boys’ 100-meter dash at 12.18 seconds. Tolson placed eighth in the boys’ 400 meter at 1:00.15.
Junior Hayden Jones finished eighth in the boys’ 200 meter at 26.57 seconds. In the boys’ high jump, freshman Alejandro Hernandez scooped up eighth place at 5-00. Junior Leopoldo Labrador took eighth place in the boys’ long jump at 16-08 1/2.
Clocking in at 12:32.29, sophomore Liam O’Connor came in eighth place in the boys’ 3200 meter.
In the girls’ 200 meter, sophomore Seren Noble snagged eighth place at 31.11 seconds.
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