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May 07, 2013 8:03 am

Panther track teams tune up for regionals

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Panthers (from left) Chris England, Ty Herd and Jakob Bowers burst out of the starting blocks for the boys’ 100-meter sprint on Friday in Cody. The trio finished 2-3-4 in the final order of finish, with Bowers clocking the fastest time of the three. Panthers (from left) Chris England, Ty Herd and Jakob Bowers burst out of the starting blocks for the boys’ 100-meter sprint on Friday in Cody. The trio finished 2-3-4 in the final order of finish, with Bowers clocking the fastest time of the three. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Boys’ team wins triangular, girls second

Powell High School’s track teams took their final tune-up opportunity before this week’s make-or-break 3A West regional meet by competing at Cody on Friday. The Panther boys placed first while the girls were second at the Trackstravaganza.

The meet, which traditionally has been a multi-school event, transformed into a triangular this season. Only the Panthers and Thermopolis made the trek to compete.

The top four finishers in each event scored points toward the team totals. The Panther boys, propelled by a sweep of the top four places in both the shot put and the 400 meters, cruised to a score of 87 points. The total outscored Cody and Thermopolis’ combined total for the meet.

On the girls’ side, Cody cruised to the title with 101.5 points. The Panther girls were second with 50.5 points.

Hayden Cragoe had a strong day for the Panther boys. Cragoe won both the triple jump and enjoyed his best meet of the season in the pole vault. Cragoe cleared the bar at 14-6, his best height of the year, then the junior asked for the bar to be raised to 15-1 1/2, a height that would have bettered the school record by half an inch.

Cragoe made  a strong effort at the record height, but was unable to make it over with the bar remaining in place. Cragoe also scored a fourth-place finish in the high jump to add to his day.

The Panthers showcased their speed as Blaise Gann, Mat Abraham, Marshall McArthur and Brendon Phister placed 1-4 in the 400 meters. Powell also scored a sweep in the shot put as Garrett Lynch, Garrett Michael, Vince Sleep and Riley Stringer swept the medals.

Lynch and Sleep went 1-2 in the discus. Chris England added a win at 200 meters while Kalei Smith placed atop the 110-meter hurdle standings.

On the girls’ side, Anissa Warner’s solid freshman season continued. Warner won the high jump and the triple jump. She added a runner-up finish in the long jump as she again dominated the jumps.

KaDee Harrison added a top finish in the 200 meters. Gretchen Morretti placed first in the 1600 meters.

Both Panther teams hit the road this Friday and Saturday for 3A regional competition in Lander. The top eight individual finishers and the top four relay teams at the regional meet earn the right to compete at the state championships the following week. Individuals and relays breaking the 3A qualifying standard in their events will also advance to state.

Athletes already surpassing the qualifying standards in competition this season will compete at state in those events regardless of their regional performance.

With the addition of shot putters Lex Brady and Garrett Michael, both of whom surpassed qualifying standards on Friday, the Panthers have 16 event slots on both the boys’ and girls’ sides of the competition pre-qualified to the state meet.

The state meet takes place May 16-18 in Casper.

Girls’ standings — Cody 101.5, Powell 50.5, Thermopolis 12

200 — 1. KaDee Harrison 27.17, 3. SarahJean O’Neill 28.12

400 — SarahJean O’Neill 1:04.42, Brooke Lensegrav 1:04.89, KaDee Harrison 1:09.83, Sierra Morrow 1:10.08

800 — 3. Bailey Sanders 2:38.23

1600 — 1. Gretchen Morretti 5:47.55

3200 — 4. Gretchen Morretti 14:20.59

100m hurdles — 4. Danna Hanks 17.24, Lexee Craig 18.31

300m hurdles — 4. Danna Hanks 51.91

4x100 relay — 2. Powell 52.27

High jump — 1. Anissa Warner 5-1, 3. (tie) Jace Sharp 4-7, Cassidy Lynn 4-5

Long jump — 2. Anissa Warner 15-4 3/4, 4. Jada Swires 14-7 1/2, Lexee Craig 14-3, Breanna Donarski 13-1 1/2

Triple jump — 1. Anissa Warner 33-4 3/4, 2. Brooke Lensegrav 32- 3/4, 3. Jada Swires 31-5, 4. Lexee Craig 30-11 1/2

Shot put — 3. Tori Sleep 37-0, 4. Lex Brady 35-6, Shawnea Harrington 35-5

Discus — 2. Shawnea Harrington 119-1, 3. Tori Sleep 111-7, 4. Lex Brady 104-0

Boys’ standings — Powell 87, Cody 53, Thermopolis 27

100 — 2. Jakob Bowers 11.98, 3. Chris England 12.01, 4. Ty Herd 12.32

200 — 1. Chris England 23.91, 3. Kalei Smith 24.43, 4. Tyler Patterson 24.57, Blaise Gann 24.69, Jakob Bowers 24.84

400 — 1. Blaise Gann 53.07, 2. Mat Abraham 53.15, 3. Marshall McArthur 54.48, 4. Brendon Phister 54.59

800 — 2. Andrew Feller 2:12.61, 3. Mat Abraham 2:12.65

1600 — 2. Andrew Feller 4:51.11, 3. Zander Andreasen 5:10.21, 4. Teagan Cordes 5:22.89, Nic Urbach 5:23.82, Chalin Fike 5:38.93

3200 — 2. Zander Andreasen 10:44.68, Ezra Andreasen 12:16.94, Teagan Cordes 12:20.41

110m hurdles — 1. Kalei Smith 16.41, Kye Catlin 18.52

300m hurdles — 4. Brendon Phister 45.25, Zac Schuler 46.37, Kye Catlin 46.37

4x100 relay — 1. Powell 45.88

High jump — 2. Kalei Smith 5-11, 4. Hayden Cragoe 5-9, Matthew Widdecombe 5-3

Pole vault — 1. Hayden Cragoe 14-6, 2. (tie) Brendon Phister 12-0

Long jump — 3. Kalei Smith 19-1 1/4

Triple jump — 1. Hayden Cragoe 40-11 1/2

Shot put —1. Garrett Lynch 52-7 1/2, 2. Garrett Michael 46-9, 3. Vince Sleep 46-0, 4. Riley Stringer 45-0, Carter Baxter 43-5 1/2, Matt Walsh 34-6 1/2

Discus — 1. Garrett Lynch 159-4, 2. Vince Sleep 130-11, Riley Stringer 126-0, Garrett Michael 123-11, Matt Walsh 117-3, Carter Baxter 97-8.

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