EVANSTON – The Pinedale High School track team sure knows how to kick off the season with a bang. Last weekend, the team was finally able to attend its first track and field meet of the season down in Evanston, where five athletes on the team set new school records in their respective events.
After combining scores from the boys and girls, Pinedale finished third overall with a team score of 186 points. Other teams in attendance at the meet included host Evanston, Big Piney, Green River, Rock Springs, Mountain View and Kemmerer. Evanston won the meet with 227 points.
According to head coach Eric Oram, he was quite satisfied with the results.
“We had a great meet in Evanston,” he said. “It was a big reward for our kids to finally have a meet.”
On the boys’ side, senior Zack Winer broke the 100-meter dash record with a time of 10.8 seconds. The previous record was a time of 11.04 seconds, set by J. Boman in 1999. Winer wasn’t done making waves at the meet, as he went on to break the triple jump record with a jump of 42 feet, 8.5 inches, beating out Conor Raney’s old record of 42 feet, 6.5 inches that was set back in 2008. The senior then went on to finish second in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 7 inches.
Junior Courtney Campbell had a solid day, taking second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.05 seconds, before finishing first in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 11 inches.
The boys 4x100 meter relay team, consisting of Winer, Campbell, sophomore Teagan Pennock and junior Raven Que, finished the race with an impressive time of 44.62 seconds to beat out the previous school record time off 44.85 seconds that was set in 2003.
As for the 4x800 relay race, Pinedale’s runners on the team consisting of freshman Stephen Essington, sophomore Anival Ramos, senior Nathan Stewart and junior Jackson Snell took first overall with a time of 9:31.45.
Winer, Campbell, Pennock and Que all pre-qualified for the state meet in the 100-meter dash, with Campbell also qualifying for state in the long jump.
In the 1,600-meter run, senior Stewart kept a solid pace throughout to finish fifth overall with a time of 5:11.08.
In the shot put event, senior Sergio Saenz took fifth overall after throwing an impressive distance of 39 feet, 5 inches, while junior Cooper Crockett took fourth in discus with his best throw soaring 111 feet, 11 inches.
On the girls side, senior Shantelle Rule had a strong day, setting new school records in both the 100-meter hurdles and the triple jump. The records she broke were her own, as she finished first overall in the hurdle event with a time of 15.5 seconds and set a new triple jump record distance of 35 feet, 10 inches, which was also good enough to finish first overall.
Freshman Adriana Liserio had a strong opening performance in her high school career, securing an impressive second-place triple jump distance of 33 feet, which was good enough to qualify for the state meet. Pinedale triple jumpers took first, second, third, fifth and sixth in at the meet. Freshman Anna Harber took third overall with a distance of 32 feet, 11 inches, while sophomore Madison Friend took fifth with a distance of 32 feet, one inch. Freshman Maggie Majhanovich tied for sixth with Mariyah Brady of Green River.
In the 1,600-meter run, sophomore Shayleen Young took third overall with a time of 6:32.92. In field events, junior Hannah Mivshek finished fourth out of 35 competitors in the discus after throwing an impressive distance of 85 feet, 11.5 inches.
With track season now in full swing, the team competed at Dave Draney Invite in Afton yesterday and head to Green River today and to Riverton on Saturday.
According to Oram, he would like to see his team continue to improve personal records as they enter a busy stretch of meets.
“Our expectations for the rest of the season are to continue to encourage and motivate our athletes to improve daily,” he said.