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April 15, 2014 7:36 am

Panther track and field first at home meet

Written by Dante Geoffrey

PHS senior Garrett Lynch unleashes a discus throw at the L.A. Kohnke/Powell Athletic Roundtable meet in Powell on Saturday. Lynch won the event with a throw of 167 feet, 8 inches. PHS senior Garrett Lynch unleashes a discus throw at the L.A. Kohnke/Powell Athletic Roundtable meet in Powell on Saturday. Lynch won the event with a throw of 167 feet, 8 inches. Tribune photo by Dante Geoffrey

Hosts Cody in dual today  

The Powell High School track teams didn’t let the role of host interfere with their pursuit of first place at Saturday’s L.A. Kohnke/Powell Athletic Roundtable meet.

The boys’ and girls’ squads each came in first place as Panthers continued to pile on pre-qualifications and new personal bests.

Two PHS relay teams hit the ground running Saturday. The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Kalina Smith, SarahJean O’Neill, Danna Hanks and KaDee Harrison took first and qualified for state with a time of 52.18. The boys’ counterpart, consisting of Kalei Smith, Zac Schuler, Chris England and Garrett Lynch, finished in second with a time of 46.20 and also qualified for state.

“Both 400 relays prequalified and showed a lot of room to improve,” said PHS head coach Scott Smith. “They are both sitting in good position to score at state.”

Kalina Smith’s third-place time of 13.31 was a new personal best and earned her a spot in the event at state.

Smith, Hanks and Anissa Warner impressed with their performances in the long jump. Each recorded jumps of at least 15 feet, 3 inches, which Coach Smith called “outstanding” considering the near-20 mph winds.

Hanks and Kalina Smith improved their automatic qualifying (AQ) times in the 100 hurdles. Hanks took second with a time of 16.74 and Smith was third with a time of 16.86.

Tori Sleep’s throw of 41 feet, 1 inch in the shot put was an improvement on her AQ, as was Garrett Lynch’s discus toss of 167 feet, 8 inches.

Chris England set a new best in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.40.

Schuler’s individual times in the 110-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles impressed his coach, who said Schuler has “really improved since the beginning of the year.”

Coach Smith said Saturday’s weather made it tough for athletes to be at their best.

“Most times and marks were hard to improve on but the kids did a great job,” Smith said. “The best part was how well they competed in the tough circumstances.”

There was worry leading up to the meet that some events, if not all, would be canceled.

“I was just ecstatic to get all the events in before the rain and snow came,” Smith said.

As a backup plan, Powell and Cody discussed the possibility of a weekday dual meet in the event Saturday’s meet would be canceled. Even though the Powell invite was completed, each school decided to continue with a dual, set for 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

“With Easter weekend coming up we don’t have a meet,” Smith said. “We figured it would be a better workout than just having practice and a lot more fun.”

Smith also thanked everyone who helped run the meet, which went off without a hitch.

“That meet ran just flawlessly,” Smith said. “Coaches were all ecstatic about how quick it went.”

NOTE: Kalina Smith was named the Outstanding Freshman at the Roy Peck Invitational in Riverton.

GIRLS

Tori Sleep: 1. shot put-41’1”; 1. discus-124’7”

Danna Hanks: 1. 300m hurdles-50.79; 2. 100m hurdles-16.74; 6. long jump-15’3”

Anissa Warner: 2. high jump-5’1”; 2. long jump-15’8.75”; 3. triple jump-33’5”

Shawnea Harrington: 2. shot put-36’5”; 2. discus-106’7”

Bailey Sanders: 2. 1600m run-6:00.51;

Kalina Smith: 3. 100m dash-13.31; 3. 100m hurdles-16.86; 3. long jump-15’5.5”

KaDee Harrison: 3. 200m dash-28.40; 3. 400m dash-1:05.82;

Lex Brady: 3. shot put-32’7”; 3. discus-98’5”

SarahJean O’Neill: 4. 400m dash-1:05.92; 12. 200m dash-29.52;

Rachelle Cole: 4. 800m run-2:53; 14. 400m dash-1:12.21; 22. long jump-11’4”

Teo Faulkner: 5. 800m run-2:57.02; 6. 1600m run-6:38.93; 12. triple jump-27’9”

Devin Rausch: 7. pole vault-7”;

Lexee Craig: 8. pole vault-7”;

Stephanie Liggett: 11. 400m dash-1:09.82;

Riley O’Brien: 11. shot put-23’1.25”; 23. discus-51’7”

Jen Bonander: 12. discus-69’10.5”; 13. shot put-23’3.5”

Nicole Sanders: 14. shot put-23’3”; 15. discus-64’1.5”

Mary Lynn: 20. 100m dash-15.81; 19. long jump-11’11.5”

Beth McCaslin: 23. 200m dash-36.62; 25. long jump-10’3”

Relays

1. 4x100m-52.18

2. 4x400m-4:43.51

BOYS

Chris England: 1. 100m dash-11.40; 1. 200m dash-23.46;

Garrett Lynch: 1. shot put-53’3.5”; 1. discus-167’8”

Kalei Smith: 1. 110m hurdles-15.64; 3. high jump-5’10”; 3. long jump-19’10”

Hayden Cragoe: 1. pole vault-13’; 2. long jump-19’10.75”; 4. high jump-5’8”

Brendon Phister: 1. 300m hurdles-43.81; 3. pole vault-12’; 4. 400m dash-55.91;

Matthew Widdicombe: 2. 200m dash-23.79; 4. pole vault-11’6”; 9. high jump-5’4”

Zander Andreasen: 1. 3200m run-10:57.66; 2. 1600m run-4:55.26

Matt Abraham: 2. 400m dash-53.26; 3. 800m run-2:15.60;

Ezra Andreasen: 2. 3200m run-12:01.49; 7. 1600m run-5:32.83

Garrett Michael: 2. shot put-46’9”;

Riley Stringer: 3. shot put-45’5”’; 16. discus-106’9”

Carter Baxter: 4. shot put-44’4”; 6. discus-126’6”

Cody Akin: 4. 800m run-2:21.80; 4. 1600m run-5:25.66

Kye Catlin: 5. 300m hurdles-47.89; 6. 110m hurdles-17.55;

Teagen Cordes: 7. 800m run-2:29.83; 8. 1600m run-5:40.19;

Nate Magill: 6. 300m hurdles-48.46; 7. 110m hurdles-18.23; 8. triple jump-35’5.5”

Zac Schuler: 4. 300m hurdles-46:86; 8. 200m dash-25.48; 14. 100 m dash-12.24;

Jackson Griffin: 6. 400m dash-58.61; 8. high jump-5’6”; 9. 200m dash-25.50;

Matthew Waite: 4. 3200m run-13:19.15; 10. 1600m run-6:05.93;

Alex Johnson: 11. 200m dash-25.72

Michael Steiner: 5. 3200m run-13:29.93; 11. 1600m run-6:16.27;

Paige Gann: 7. 400m dash-1:00.69; 7. 300m hurdles-49.32; 18. 100m dash-12.52;

Ben Argento: 8. shot put-39’2”; 22. discus-96’6.5”

Joe Kuntz: 11. 110m hurdles-21.41 12. 300m hurdles-57.03;

Matt Kousoulos: 10. triple jump-33’4”; 12. 400m dash-1:02.97;

Takis Brusett: 13. long jump- 17’6.5”

Matt Walsh: 13. shot put-35’5”; 13. discus-110’2”

Zach Easum: 15. shot put-34’11”; 20. discus-103’3”

Mason Olsen: 21. shot put-33’2”; 23. discus-95’11”

Jarrett Widdicombe: 28. shot put-30’4”; 36. discus-68’7”

Relays

2. 4x100m-46.20

2. 4x400m-3:44.27

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