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March 08, 2011 8:27 am

Panthers strong at state indoor track meet

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Sullivan wins high jump, hurdles titles

Kyle Sullivan won both the high jump and the 55-meter hurdles and Powell athletes brought home a total of 12 medals from the Wyoming Indoor Track and Field championships over the weekend.

“Kyle was taken to the wire (in the high jump),” said Panther track coach Scott Smith. “If he hadn’t cleared the bar at 6’6”, the Kelly Walsh kid that took second would have won on misses. He really came through when it counted and easily cleared.”

Sullivan had no such close call in winning the hurdles gold. After a close start, Sullivan began powering away after the second hurdle, clocking a state-best time of 7.67 seconds.

Sullivan also joined forces with Zach Thiel, Colby Gilmore and a Cody runner to place second in the 4x400 relay. Despite breaking the previous state indoor record by more than a second, the foursome could only finish as state runner-up.

Desiree Murray and Drew MaGill each came home with four medals. Murray was third in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the 400 and ran legs on both a fourth-place 4x800 relay and a sixth-place 4x400 relay. MaGill was fourth in the long jump, fifth in the triple jump and eighth in both the 55 and 200.

“Desiree really showed what she was made of,” Smith said. “She ran her qualifying heat of the hurdles less than 30 minutes after the 400 and just got in as the eighth qualifier. When fresh, she took third — pretty good for a kid who has ran the race a total of three times in her life.”

Smith also praised MaGill, calling the Panther senior an “iron man” for his weekend medal haul.

“All of his events required running prelims and finals,” Smith explained. “This was only the second time we have had anyone pull off the feat of bringing home four medals under those conditions.”

Gilmore added a fourth place finish in the 400. He was also 10th in the 200 and 12th in the 55. Marquette McArthur, Karly Thomas, Cale Anderson, Cameron Bennett and Marco Borja also competed at the state meet, but failed to crack the top 12 in their events.

“It is amazing to get this kind of turn out considering that the kids pay for all their motels, entry fees and meals,” Smith said. “It just shows a true love for the sport.”

In the final team standings, the Cody team which Powell competes for in the indoor season placed second on the girls’ side and third in  the boys’ standings.

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