Lady Panther, Panther tracksters take second, fourth at regionals

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Mother Nature cut some events short, but Powell High School’s track and field teams still managed to qualify 36 athletes for state while hosting the 3A West Regional Track Meet over the weekend.

The Lady Panthers finished second at the eight-team meet with 107 points; the Cody Fillies finished first with 149.5 points. The Panthers finished fourth on the boys’ side with 81 points, trailing Star Valley with 148 points, Cody with 124 and Mountain View High School with 114.

“It was one of those meets where we had to improvise,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith. “We had to shut the pole vault down; we never did finish it. So that benefitted a few kids who may not have been able to make it [qualify for state]. Other than that, we got kids qualified the way they should be — by pure competition.”

Because of weather, the sprint preliminaries run on Friday afternoon at Panther Stadium became the final results, as team coaches conferred and chose not to run in Saturday’s rainy conditions. Distance races were held on Saturday, but were the only running events scheduled, as the coaches deemed it too wet and cold to risk injury.

“In the 3A West, the coaches are great. They’re in it for the kids, they’re in it for the betterment of track in all the schools,” Smith said. “So when we sat down as a group to have our meeting about what to do with everything [weather-related issues], we all worked together and were on the same page. It made it pretty easy ... In the end, it just wasn’t worth the risks.”

Lady Panthers

The Lady Panthers won only one event at the regional meet, but qualified athletes in nearly every event and will send 20 girls to state.

The triple jump was a highlight for the Lady Panthers, as four girls qualified for state at regionals. Powell junior Jaz Haney took the top spot with a distance of 33 feet, followed closely by Elsie Spomer in second at 32 feet. McKenna Hanson and Gabri Lundberg finished seventh and eighth, respectively, rounding out the qualifiers.

“Jaz [Haney] and Elsie [Spomer], those were both large PRs [personal records] in not-very-nice weather,” Smith said. “Those were really good to see.”

In the 100 meter dash, Caitlyn Miner finished third with a time of 13.02, while Tamoka Hasegawa punched her ticket to state with an eighth-place finish.

“Our kids on the track got after it. We had a lot of major improvements — kids seeded 15th taking seventh or eighth — and just ran really well,” Smith said. “Tamoka [Hasegawa] was one. She was seeded a little bit further down and came out and PR’d in the 100 meters. That was the difference.”

“I was really pleased with how most of our kids came out,” Smith added. “They stuck their noses down and competed really well.”

JuliaKay O’Neill finished second in both the 400 and 800 meters, while Sabrina Shoopman took third in the 100 meter hurdles and second in the 300 meter hurdles.

Caitlyn Miner also qualified for state in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing sixth with a time of 16.76.

“Caitlyn Miner had a really good day on the track,” Smith said. “Not only did she qualify by place, she’d been close to pre-qualifying in both the hurdles and the 100 meters, and both of her times in those races were pre-qualifying times, too.”

Senior Maddy Hanks will join Shoopman in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing fifth with a time of 53.41.

The 4x100 relay team of Caitlyn Miner, Karlie McKenzie, Aubrie Stenerson and Shoopman finished seventh, while the 4x400 relay team of Brea Terry, Hanks, Shoopman and O’Neill finished third. Both teams qualified for state.

In the field events, Hanks and Jala Satterwhite finished fifth and seventh in the pole vault, while Stenerson finished sixth in the long jump.

Powell junior Rachel Bonander took fifth in the shot put with a toss of 33 feet, 9 inches and sixth in the discus at 105 feet, 8 inches. Teammate Coby Calcotte just missed qualifying in the discus, finishing ninth with a throw of 91 feet, 2 inches.

Panthers

The Panthers also had just one first-place finish, as junior Reece Hackenberg tied for first in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 1 inch.

In sprints, Panther Kaelan Groves placed seventh in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.61.

“Kaelan [Groves] ran well in the 100, but ended up getting a little bit hurt,” Smith said. “He ran a good 4x400 the next day, but was pretty sore. We had to pull him out of the sprint medley; he just wasn’t able to run it.”

Brody Karhu took fourth in the 200 meter dash to go along with a third-place finish in the 400 meter run, in a time of 52.61.

“Brody Karhu, in the 400 meter run especially, had a great race,” Smith said. “Two kids that beat him at the Track Classic, he beat them this time around. That was really nice for him. He’s coming along really well.”

Jay Cox also qualified for the Panthers in the 400 meters as well as the 800 meter run, finishing seventh in both.

Alan Merritt qualified in two distance events, with an eighth-place finish in the 1600 meter run and a sixth-place finish in the 3200 meter run. Jayden Yates also qualified in the 3200 meter run, finishing eighth.

Senior Kacey Creed is headed to Casper on the strength of a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles.

“Kacey [Creed] just came out for track last year, hadn’t competed since middle school,” Smith said. “He ran good times in bad weather. That’s a perfect chance for technique to fall apart when you’re young like that, but he did a really good job adapting to it.”

The 4x400 meter relay team of Joe Rogers, Cox, Groves and Karhu finished fourth in a time of 3:33.27, while the 4x800 relay team of Merritt, Joey Hernandez, Tyler Pfeifer and Cox also finished fourth in 9:41.21.

In field events, Dalton Woodward finished second in the triple jump, with a distance of 41 feet, 4.25 inches, followed by Dylan Preator in sixth place at 39 feet, 6.5 inches. Preator also took fourth in the long jump with a personal best of 20 feet, 1.25 inches, while AJ Lewis was sixth in the long jump at 19 feet, 10.25 inches.

“For Dylan [Preator], that was his first time over 20 feet,” Smith said. “AJ also jumped his best of the year. The jumpers, I really felt like they had a good meet, and none of them were jumping in great conditions. Both sets of triple jumpers did a nice job in that rain, I was very pleased with those kids.”

Panther thrower Ryan Good took silver in the shot put with a toss of 46 feet, 5 inches. The sophomore also qualified for state in discus, with a throw of 125 feet, 1 inch, good enough for eighth place.

“There were a lot of bright spots,” Smith said of the meet. “So we’ll have a couple of more practices and head down to Casper after classes on Wednesday. The forecast looks better, so there’s that. Saturday may get rough, but 59 and showers on Saturday is a whole lot better than anything we saw this weekend.”

State track will be held Thursday through Saturday at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School.

Lady Panthers

100 Meter Dash 3A

5. Caitlyn Miner 13.02, 8. Tamoka Hasegawa 13.46, 19. Aubrie Stenerson 13.96, 21. Gracen Curtis 14.20

200 Meter Dash 3A

13. Gracen Curtis 29.00, 14. Tamoka Hasegawa 29.06, 17 Aubrie Stenerson 29.64

400 Meter Dash 3A

2. JuliaKay O’Neill 1:04.65, 14 Brea Terry 1:10.85, 18 Jala Satterwhite 1:14.77  

800 Meter Run 3A

2. JuliaKay O’Neill 2:24.25, 13. Brea Terry 2:45.68, 15. Hailee Hyde 2:46.92  

1600 Meter Run 3A

16. Hailee Paul 6:39.25, 19. Madelyn Horton 6:43.90, 20. Jenna Merritt 6:46.30, 21. Jozi Simpson 7:01.40  

3200 Meter Run 3A

12. Madelyn Horton 14:59.57, 13. Jenna Merritt 15:05.63  

100 Meter Hurdles 3A

3. Sabrina Shoopman 16.10, 7. Caitlyn Miner 16.76, 11. Sidney O’Brien

4x100 Meter Relay 3A

7. Caitlyn Miner, Karlie McKenzie, Aubrie Stenerson, Sabrina Shoopman 54.65            

4x400 Meter Relay 3A

3. Brea Terry, Maddy Hanks, Sabrina Shoopman, JuliaKay O’Neill 4:19.34          

4x800 Meter Relay 3A

3. Sidney O’Brien, Hailee Paul, Hailee Hyde, Brea Terry 11:42.14                  

1600 Sprint Medley 3A

2. Tamoka Hasegawa, Gracen Curtis, Maddy Hanks, JuliaKay O’Neill 4:43.91          

High Jump 3A

9. Gabri Lundberg 4’5”, 9. Hailee Hyde 4’5”  

Pole Vault 3A

4. Maddi Hanks 9’3”    

Long Jump 3A

6. Aubrie Stenerson 15’11.25” 10. Jaz Haney 15’2”, 16 Jala Satterwhite 13’11.75”, 19. Mattie Larsen 13’3.25”  

Triple Jump 3A

1. Jaz Haney 33’, 2. Elsie Spomer 32’9.5”, 8. Gabri Lundberg 29’9.75”    

Shot Put 3A

5. Rachel Bonander 33’9”, 6. Cassidy Miner 33’1”, 14. Coby Calcotte, 29’2”, 19. Isbelle Wambeke 27’8”  

Discus Throw 3A

6. Rachel Bonander 105’8”, 9. Coby Calcotte 91’2”, 13. Jasmyne Lensegrav 86’6”, 24. Cassidy Miner 74’3” 

Panthers

100 Meter Dash 3A

7. Kaelan Groves 11.61, 11 Landon Lengfelder 11.83, 14. AJ Lewis 11.90, 14 Jon Morrow 11.90  

200 Meter Dash 3A

4. Brody Karhu 23.04, 16. AJ Lewis 24.83, 17. Jacob Harrison 24.84, 19. Landon Lengfelder 25.15

400 Meter Dash 3A

3. Brody Karhu 52.61, 7. Jay Cox 54.12, 13. Joe Rogers 56.67, 23. Landon Lengfelder 1:02.70    

800 Meter Run 3A

7. Jay Cox 2:06.07, 19. Tyler Pfeifer 2:19.75, 20. Jesse Erickson 2:22.53, 21. Eyob Robirds 2:24.42  

1600 Meter Run 3A

8. Alan Merritt 4:52.60, 16. Jayden Yates  5:05.63, 17. Tyler Pfeifer 5:07.90, 21. Joey Hernandez 5:10.85  

3200 Meter Run 3A

6. Alan Merritt 10:37.90, 8 Jayden Yates 10:47.40, 10 Joey Hernandez 11:17.99, 19. Jesse Erickson 12:09.96  

110 Meter Hurdles 3A

6. Kacey Creed 18.14

300 Meter Hurdles 3A

6. Kacey Creed 45.82    

4x100 Meter Relay 3A

5. Jon Morrow, AJ Lewis, Landon Lengfelder, Colby Warner 47.98                

4x400 Meter Relay 3A

4. Joe Rogers, Jay Cox, Kaelan Groves, Brody Karhu 3:33.27                

4x800 Meter Relay 3A

4. Alan Merritt, Joey Hernandez, Tyler Pfeifer, Jay Cox 9:41.21                    

1600 Sprint Medley 3A

7. Jon Morrow, Jacob Harrison, Joe Rogers, Jayden Yates 4:16.86                

Pole Vault 3A

1. Reece Hackenberg 11’1”    

Long Jump 3A

4. Dylan Preator 20’1.25”, 6. AJ Lewis, 19’10.25”, 22. Charlie Hall 16’7”  

Triple Jump 3A

2. Dalton Woodward 41’4.2”, 6. Dylan Preator 39’6.5”  

Shot Put 3A

2. Ryan Good 46’5”, 17. Zeke Frankenberry 38’11.75”, 18. Cayden Lynn 38’11.5”, 19. Carter Olsen 38’3.25”  

Discus Throw 3A

8. Ryan Good 125’1”, 13. Reece Hackenberg 114’10”, 19. Cayden Lynn 109’8”, 22. Carter Olsen 105’3”  

Women - 3A - Team Rankings

18 Events Scored

1. Cody High School 149.50

2. Powell High School 107  

3. Riverton High School 102        

4. Mountain View High School 77.50

5. Lyman  High School 76        

6. Pinedale High School 67  

7. Lander Valley High School 57        

8. Star Valley High School 50  

Men - 3A - Team Rankings

18 Events Scored

1) Star Valley High School 148        

2) Cody High School 124  

3) Mountain View High School 114        

4) Powell High School 81  

5) Riverton High School 79        

6) Lander Valley High School 78.50

7) Lyman High School 39        

8) Pinedale High School 21.50

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