Mother Nature interrupts Kohnke Invite

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Rain, snow bring early end to Invitational

The Powell Panthers and cross-county rival Cody appeared headed for another classic battle to the wire at the 2013 L.A. Kohnke Invitational sponsored by the Powell Athletic Roundtable on Saturday before rain and snow squalls forced meet officials to first suspend and later cancel the invitational midway through the afternoon session.

The Panther girls had just moved into a 126-119 lead over Cody with four events remaining. The Panther boys were deadlocked with the Broncs at 140-140 when the action was halted following the first heat of the boys’ 200-meter race. Shot put competition — an event where the Panthers typically score big points — was also midway through its preliminary flights when the cancellation order was given.

The Panthers’ late lead came courtesy of a 1-2-3 finish in the discus. Tori Sleep’s toss of 112-6 placed her four feet ahead of teammate Shawnea Harrington for top honors. Lex Brady, another junior in the Panthers’ throwing stable, placed third, another eight feet off the leading distance.

The finish, which came just prior to the suspension of competition, lifted Powell in front of Cody in the team standings. Worland was a distant third, some 40 points off the lead pace.

The 3200, 4x400 relay, pole vault and long jump had not been completed.

Harrington and Sleep traded positions in the shot put, which Harrington won with a throw of more than 36 feet. Anissa Warner matched a personal best in competition by clearing the bar at 5-1 in the high jump to win that event. Warner narrowly missed on two of her three attempts to clear at 5-2 and establish a new personal record.

Warner would add a third-place finish in the triple jump.

On the boys’ side, defending state champion Garrett Lynch stepped into the throwing ring for the first time this spring and promptly launched a meet-winning toss of 158-9 to capture the discus title. Teammate Vince Sleep was 12 feet back in second position as the pair were more than 18 feet clear of the rest of the 45-person field.

Lynch was also third overall in the 100 meters.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Panthers Hayden Cragoe and Kalei Smith finished 1-2 as the only runners to finish below 16 seconds on the stopwatch in the race. Cragoe would add a runner-up finish in the pole vault as he cleared a season-best 13 feet. Smith placed third in the high jump, making it over the bar at 6-3.

The Panthers added a 2-3 finish at 400 meters as Marshall McArthur and Blaise Gann finished around the 55-second mark. Mat Abraham ran to a runner-up finish at 800 meters and Zander Andreasen did the same at the 1600-meter distance for the Panthers.

Junior Brendon Phister rounded out the Panthers’ list of top-three finishers with a third-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles.

The Panthers return to action on Saturday in Lovell.

Girls’ results

1600 — 2. Gretchen Morretti 6:03.29, 5. Sierra Morrow 6:29.88.

100m hurdles — 2. Danna Hanks 16.94, 7. Megan Wagner 18.06, 8. Lexee Craig 18.14, Mikaila Moore 19.78, Jackie Cowell 20.53.

High jump — 1. Anissa Warner 5-1, Jace Sharp 4-5, Cassidy Lynn 4-5.

Shot put — 1. Shawnea Harrington 36-1 1/4, 2. Tori Sleep 35-5 1/2, 5. Lex Brady 31-11 1/4, Emily Herman 26-8 1/2, Breanna Donarski 21- 1/2.

Discus — 1. Tori Sleep 112-6, 2. Shawnea Harrington 108-9, 3. Lex Brady 100-4, Emily Herman 61-11, Breanna Donarski 52-10

Boys’ results

400 — 2. Marshall McArthur 54.94, 3. Blaise Gann 55.16, 6. Jakob Bowers 57.78, Jackson Griffin 1:00.24, Nic Urbach 1:01.01.

1600 — 2. Zander Andreasen 4:58.61, 7. Teagan Cordes 5:36.39, Ezra Andreason 5:42.88, Challin Fike 5:57.88, Justin Layton 6:10.38.

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