PHS track teams excel at Rocky Mountain Invite

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Saturday was a beautiful sunny day in Cowley for the Rocky Mountain Invitational, and the spring-like weather inspired the Powell High School track and field teams to their strongest showing this season.

“I was really happy with that meet, we had some great breakout performances. We threw a few kids into some new events and they really did well,” said PHS head track coach Scott Smith. “I was really happy we finally had some nice weather, and the kids responded. They came out and performed; they took advantage of it and did well.”

The Panthers topped the leaderboard in team scoring, finishing first with 170 points in the nine-school field. Lovell finished second with 162 points and Big Horn took third with 121.5.

The Lady Panthers were first as well, racking up 185.5 points; Lovell was a distant second with 118.3 points, followed by Big Horn in third with 80.8.

Lady Panthers

The Lady Panthers had a spectacular meet, with nine first-place finishes on the day.

Emma Karhu was part of three first-place finishes, claiming the top spot in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.68 and the pole vault — splitting first-place honors with Maddy Hanks at a state-qualifying height of 9 feet, 3 inches. Hanks and Emma Karhu also ran legs of the winning 4x400 relay team, joined by Sabrina Shoopman and JuliaKay O’Neill. They posted a time of 4:18.72.

The girls 4x100 relay team of Caitlyn Miner, Karlie McKenzie, Shoopman and Aubrie Stenerson also finished first in 53:89. With those times, both relay teams qualified for state.

Sidney O’Brien was first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:46.58, while Sabrina Shoopman continued to turn in strong performances in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing first with a time of 17.67.

Stenerson won in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 2 inches, to go along with a fourth-place finish in the 100 meter dash.

“Aubrie [Stenerson] has done a nice job for us,” Smith said. “This is a girl who came out for us as a sophomore, she had never done track before. She’s just been steadily getting better. Her best in the long jump up until this meet was 15 feet, 3 inches; here she went 16 feet, 2 inches. Only one jumper in the history of Powell High School has ever gone farther, and she’s jumping at the University of Wyoming right now.”

Thrower Rachel Bonander took the top spot in the shot put (93 feet, 10.75 inches) and was runner-up in the the discus (100 feet, 9 inches).

Lady Panther Gracen Curtis finished third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:08.08, while Madelyn Horton finished second in the 3200 meters at 14:44.14. Gabri Lundberg was fourth in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 6 inches.

Panthers

The Panthers finished first in five events: Four individual events and one relay. Brody Karhu won the 400 meter dash with a time of 51.08, Jay Cox was first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.25 and Alan Merritt took the top spot in both the 1600 and 3200 meters, with times of 4:50.78 and 10.44, respectively. The boys’ sprint medley relay team of Jon Morrow, Jacob Harrison, Kaelan Groves and Brody Karhu also finished first.

“Brody [Karhu] in the 400 was impressive,” Smith said of his state-qualifying performance. “A year ago at this time, he lost to the kid from Lovell [Porter Nichols] that he beat Saturday by a full second. That’s the kind of improvement you like to see. This is a kid that did indoor track [Nichols] while Brody was wrestling. It was a pretty impressive performance.”

In the 100 meter dash, Jacob Harrison and Kaelan Groves finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Harrison also finished fifth in the 200 meters, followed by AJ Lewis in sixth. Kacey Creed finished sixth in the 110 meter hurdles, while Powell finished fourth in the 4x100 relay and third in the 4x400 relay.

In the field events, Colby Warner took fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Charlie Hall was sixth in the event at 5 feet, 8 inches. Dylan Preator was the top Powell placer in the long jump and triple jump.

In the throwing events, Geordan Weimer finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 36 feet, 10.75 inches, followed by Cayden Lynn in 11th with a toss of 35 feet, 9 inches.

Ryan Good finished second in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, 8 inches. Shay Dillon was sixth at 115 feet, 10 inches.

Smith said the pole vault results continue to impress as the season continues, with three girls and three boys now qualified for state in the event. He credits the hard work and dedication of pole vault coordinator Dan Hunter and assistant coach Greg Bennett with the vaulters’ success.

“Those two [Hunter and Bennett] are doing a great job,” Smith said. “The work they’ve done with these kids is tremendous. A few years ago we decided to make a commitment to support pole vaulting. Up until then, Cody had just been dominating the pole vault; they’re still pretty dominant, but at least we’re knocking on the door. We’re gaining on an extremely well-run program.”

Girls 100 Meter Dash

4. Aubrie Stenerson 13.87, 8. Brea Terry 14.24, 9. Karlie McKenzie 14.30, 15. Elsie Spomer 14.64, 19. McKenna Hanson 15.15

Girls 200 Meter Dash

1. Emma Karhu 27.68, 3. JuliaKay O’Neill 27.99, 4. Brea Terry 28.65, 7. Kady Wells 29.36, 13. Gabi Metzler 30.40, 14. Gabby Harshman 30.90

Girls 400 Meter Dash

3. Gracen Curtis 1:08.08, 6. Hailee Hyde 1:09.71, 7. Natalie Dillivan 1:09.87, 8. Elisa Polson 1:10.72, 11. Amber Visocky 1:21.27

Girls 800 Meter Run

1. Sidney O’Brien 2:46.58, 7. Hailee Paul 2:55.15, 9. Jozi Simpson 3:08.18, 10. Jenna Merritt 3:08.78

Girls 1600 Meter Run

12. Jenna Merritt 6:49.96, 13. Jozi Simpson 6:51.50, 16. Maggie Cappiello 6:59.00

Girls 3200 Meter Run

2. Madelyn Horton 14:44.14

Girls 100 Meter Hurdles

1. Sabrina Shoopman 17.67, 5. Emily Sweet 18.96, 8. Tegan Lovelady 20.74, 10. Sidney O’Brien 29.56

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay

1. Caitlyn Miner, Karlie McKenzie, Sabrina Shoopman, Aubrie Stenerson 53:89

Girls 4x400 Meter Relay

1. Emma Karhu, Maddy Hanks, Sabrina Shoopman, JuliaKay O’Neill 4:18.72

Girls Sprint Medley Relay

1. Gracen Curtis, Brea Terry, Maddy Hanks, JuliaKay O’Neill 4:32.50

Girls High Jump

4. Gabri Lundberg 4’6”

Girls Pole Vault

1. Emma Karhu 9’3”, 2. Maddy Hanks 9’3”, 6. Maddie Hackenberg, 6’10”, 11. Elisa Polson, 5’10”

Girls Long Jump

1. Aubrie Stenerson 16’2”, 10. Gabri Lundberg 14’3”, 15. Jaz Haney 13’11”, 17. Mattie Larsen 13’8”, 18. Kaitlyn Decker 13’6”, 19. Maddie Hackenberg 13’2”, 20. Gabby Harshman 12’11”, 25. Kortny Feller 12’, 29. Jasmin Preator 11’2”

Girls Triple Jump

2. Jaz Haney 32’1.75”, 3. Elsie Spomer 32’1.5”, 6. Gabri Lundberg 30’7.75”, 7. Brea Terry 30’4.75”

Girls Shot Put

1. Rachel Bonander 33’10.75”, 4. Cassidy Miner 31’8”, 14. Kortny Feller 26’9”, 15. Isabella Wambeke 26’8.75”, 17. Marie Ramier 26’1”, 19. Tegan Lovelady 25’4”, 20. Katie McKenzie 25’3”, 21. Mattie Larsen 24’11”, 23. Jasmyne Lensegrav 24’.75”,  24. McKenzie Clarkson 23’11.5”, 26. Crystal Emmett 23’9”, 29. Alissa Staidle 21’10.5”, 30. Kaylee Stewart 21’1.25”, 31. Cheyenne Higgs 20’1”, 33. Coby Calcotte 2’4”

Girls Discus Throw

2. Rachel Bonander, 100’9”, 7. Coby Calcotte, 89’7”, 9. Cassidy Miner 85’7”, 16. Jasmyne Lensegrav 73’5”, 20. Mattie Larsen 71’23. Marie Ramier 70’1”, 24. Katie McKenzie 67’8”, 25. Tegan Lovelady 66’4”, 26. Kortny Feller 65’2”, 28. McKenzie Clarkson 61’7”, 29. Isabella Wambeke 61’1”, 30. Kaylee Stewart 59’3”, 31. Alissa Staidle 57’8”

Boys 100 Meter Dash

8. Landon Lengfelder, 11.93, 9. Kaelan Groves 11.96, 10. AJ Lewis 11.99, 14. Canyon Gonzales 12.33, 20. Dylan Preator 12.49, 26. Kalen Sapp 12.81, 30. Kaden Salas 12.96, 38. Christian Bitzas 13.68

Boys 200 Meter Dash

5. Jacob Harrison 24.55, 6. AJ Lewis 24.68, 7. Landon Lengfelder 24.77, 8. John Morrow 24.90, 9. Joe Rogers 25.33, 17. Kalen Sapp 26.65, 27. Jeremy Estes 30.74

Boys 400 Meter Dash

1. Brody Karhu 51.08, 5. Joe Rogers 54.84, 7. Tyler Pfeiffer 58.93, 9. Evan Habeck 1:00.27

Boys 800 Meter Run

1. Jay Cox 2:05.25, 6. Jesse Erickson 2:16.88, 7. Tyler Pfeiffer 2:18.52, 8. Dylan Cordes, 2:21.78, 9. Eyob Robirds 2:26.97, 14. Isaac Summers 2:35.68

Boys 1600 Meter Run

1. Alan Merritt 4:50.78, 2. Jayden Yates 4:52.09, 4. Joey Hernandez 5:00.53, 6. Tyler Lynn 5:11.56, 8. Jesse Erickson 5:14.87, 12. Eyob Robirds 5:29.68, 14. Isaac Summers 5:31.43, 18. Riley McKeen 6:02.12

Boys 3200 Meter Run

1. Alan Merritt 10.44, 2. Jayden Yates 10.49.49, 3. Joey Hernandez 11:10.10, 6. Tyler Lynn 5:11.56, 9. Dylan McEvoy 6:01.55,

3. Joey Hernandez 5:11.94, 5. Eyob Robirds 5:30.98, 8. Dylan Cordes 5:40.98, 9. Isaac Summers 5:50.02,  12. Riley McKeen 12:57.50

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

6. Kacey Creed 17.74

Boys 4x100 Meter Relay

4. Jon Morrow, Jacob Harrison, Landon Lengfelder, AJ Lewis 46:68

Boys 4x400 Meter Relay

3. Jay Cox, Joe Rogers, Kaelan Groves, Brody Karhu 3:38.72

Boys Sprint Medley Relay

1. Jon Morrow, Jacob Harrison, Kaelan Groves, Brody Karhu 3:55.47

Boys High Jump

4. Colby Warner 5’10”, 6. Charlie Hall 5’8”

Boys Pole Vault

2. Kaelan Groves 11’7”, 3. Brooks Asher 11’1”, 7. Kacey Creed 9’7”

Boys Long Jump

7. Dylan Preator 18’11”, 9. Jacob Harrison 18’10.5”, 11. AJ Lewis 18’6”, 18. Dalton Woodward 17’7”, 20. Charlie Hall 17’4”, 25. Bryce Hogan 16’5”, 38. Kalen Sapp 13’8”

Boys Triple Jump

4. Dylan Preator 40’9.75, 5. Dalton Woodward 40’9.5”, 10. Colby Warner 37’8.5”, 19. Bryce Hogan 32’3.75”, 20. Tyler Lynn 31’2.5”

Boys Shot Put

10. Geordan Weimer 36’10.75”, 11. Cayden Lynn 35’9”, 13. Zeke Frankenberry 35’1.5”, 14. Shay Dillon 35’1”, 16. Carter Olsen 34’1.75”, 19. Canyon Gonzales 32’4.75”, 21. Zach Griffin 31’10,75”, 22. Dalton McMillan 31’6.25”, 27. Nate Belmont 29’7.5”, 28. Andy Beavers 29’6”, 29. Macen Thomas 29’4.5”, 33. Kaden Salas 27’11”, 35. Isaac Gutierrez 25’11”, 37. Tanner Moore 25’2”

Boys Discus Throw

2. Ryan Good 124’8”, 6. Shay Dillon 115’10”, 7. Reece Hackenberg 114’3”, 9. Cayden Lynn 112’9”, 14. Canyon Gonzales 105’3”, 16. Carter Olsen 102’7”, 19. Dalton McMillan 99’7”, 22. Geordan Weimer 94’2”, 27. Nate Belmont 79’10”, 28. Macen Thomas 78’5”, 30. Tanner Moore 76’1”, 33. Andy Beavers 74’6”, 34. Isaac Gutierrez 73’10”, 37. Zach Griffin 70’4”, 39. Kaden Salas 64’3”

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