PHS tracksters take first in Cody

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Wrapping up their regular season in fine fashion, the Powell High School track and field teams finished first at the Cody Trackstravaganza on Friday, taking first in nine events.

“We ask the kids to keep trying to improve, and they have been,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith. “Hopefully we get that for two more weeks. No matter what the team score says, if everyone improves, it’s a good day.”

While it was nice to win the meet, Smith said the outcome was more of an indication of the depth the team has shown this year. With a record number of athletes turning out to compete, it’s given the coaching staff more options in different events.

“Regionals and state will take a little bit of that advantage away,” Smith said of his numbers. “You need to get into those top positions a little bit more. But we really did have some good performances in Cody, kids got out and won some events that they hadn’t won before. It was a very successful meet for us.”

Lady Panthers

With 248 points and behind six first-place finishes, the Lady Panthers easily outdistanced the second-place Fillies, who finished with 205.5 points. Worland rounded out the three-team triangular with 102.5 points.

Powell owned the sprints on the day, kicked off by Caitlyn Miner’s first-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.57. Emma Karhu followed up her second-place finish in the 100 meters by winning the 200 meter dash, while JuliaKay O’Neill took the top spot in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03.55.

“Caitlyn Miner and Emma Karhu in the 100 meters both significantly beat a girl from Cody that took sixth at the Wyoming Track Classic,” Smith said. “They were running into a headwind, so their times may not have been that indicative, but the run was really good.”

Lady Panther Brea Terry had a solid outing in the 800 meter run, placing second with a time of 2:41.03. Hailee Hyde finished third in the same event, with Natalie Dillivan finishing fourth.

“Brea [Terry] ran a great 800 — that was a great showing for her first time out,” Smith said. “That’s going to help our depth for our relays.”

Sabrina Shoopman claimed the top spot in the 100 meter hurdles, and followed that with a second-place finish in the 300 meter hurdles. Madelyn Horton was first in the 3200 meter run and Elsie Spomer took the gold in the triple jump, with a distance of 32 feet, 2.5 inches.

Maddy Hanks, Karhu and Caitlyn Miner finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault.

In the field events, Hailee Hyde finished fourth in the high jump, while teammate Gabri Lundberg finished sixth. Aubrie Stenerson and Jaz Haney finished second and fourth, respectively, in the long jump, while Rachel Bonander tied for fifth in the shot put with teammate Cassidy Miner with throws of 30 feet, 10.5 inches. Bonander also finished fourth in the discus at 102 feet, followed by Coby Calcotte in sixth with a throw of 88 feet, 10 inches.

Panthers

For the boys, Powell took the top spot with 215 points, followed by Cody with 182 and Worland with 176. The Panthers recorded three first-place finishes, led by Kaelan Groves’ time of 11.66 in the 100 meter dash.

“Kaelan Groves continues to improve his time in the 100 meters,” Smith said. “He’s doing a really nice job for us.”

Panther Alan Merritt kept shining in the 1600 meter run, finishing first with a time of 4:58.41. Teammate and fellow Wyoming Track Classic qualifier Jayden Yates was close behind with a time of 5:00.13. Dalton Woodward rounded out Powell’s first-place finishers, posting a distance of 41 feet, 8.5 inches in the triple jump.

In sprints, Landon Lengfelder and AJ Lewis finished sixth and seventh in the 100 meter dash, while Groves and Jon Morrow finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meter dash. Joe Rogers finished second in the 400 meter dash.

In the distance events, Powell’s Jay Cox finished second in the 800 meters, with teammate Tyler Pfeifer sixth. Yates finished third in the 3200 meter run, with Riley McKeen finishing fourth.

“Our distance kids did a really nice job of picking two or three events and just running through it, getting good conditioning and still getting decent, competitive times out of it,” Smith said.

In the field events, Powell’s Colby Warner and Charlie Hall finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the high jump, while Brody Karhu finished third in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, 8 inches.

Panther AJ Lewis finished third in the long jump, followed by teammate Jacob Harrison in fifth.

In the throwing events, a scratch on his final throw kept Panther sophomore Ryan Good from claiming the top spot in the shot put. He instead took second with a throw of 44 feet, 6.5 inches. Good went on to finish third in the discus, followed by teammate Reece Hackenberg in fourth. Hackenberg’s toss of 132 feet, 11 inches was an impressive 12-foot improvement on his personal best.

“Our boys discus throwers, Ryan Good and Reece Hackenberg, showed some big improvements,” Smith said. “They put themselves close to pre-qualifying for state. They just threw very, very well.”

Powell will host the 3A regionals Friday and Saturday at Panther Stadium, and while Smith said there were no new state qualifiers at the Cody meet, he expects this weekend’s competition to change that.

“Regionals is how most kids will qualify for the state meet,” he explained. “The top eight individuals and the top four relay teams will go. You know, statewide, there’s been a lot of depth this season — not a lot of separation. Some years, you’ve got your top two or three kids in the state who are really clear-cut, and this year, sometimes the distance between first and 12th is very slim.”

“You won’t know until you see them compete against each other,” Smith said. “These next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun.”

100 Meter Dash

1. Caitlyn Miner 13.57, 2. Emma Karhu 13.62, 5. Gracen Curtis 14.38, 8. Karlie McKenzie 14.72

200 Meter Dash

1. Emma Karhu 28.51, 2. Aubrie Stenerson 29.17,  4. Gracen Curtis 29.56

400 Meter Dash

1. JuliaKay O’Neill 1:03.55, 2. Gracen Curtis 1:06.01, 3. Emma Karhu 1:06.64

800 Meter Run

2. Brea Terry 2:41.03, 3. Hailee Hyde 2:46.95, 4 . Natalie Dillivan 2:49.29, 6. Hailee Paul 3:00.14, 7. Jenna Merritt 3:03.81  

1600 Meter Run

2. Hailee Paul 6:48.34, 3. Jenna Merritt 6:50.31, 4. Jozi Simpson 7:02.46 5

3200 Meter Run

1. Madelyn Horton 14:46.13

100 Meter Hurdles

1. Sabrina Shoopman 16.37, 3. Caitlyn Miner 17.17,  5. Tegan Lovelady 19.25, 7. Emily Sweet 20.23

300 Meter Hurdles

2. Sabrina Shoopman 49.10, 4. Maddy Hanks 52.25

High Jump

4. Hailee Hyde 4 feet, 3 inches, 6. Gabri Lundberg 4 feet, 3 inch

Pole Vault

3. Maddy Hanks 9’ 6”, 4. Emma Karhu 9’ 6”, 5. Caitlyn Miner 9’, 7. Maddie Hackenberg 8’

Long Jump

2. Aubrie Stenerson 15’ 6.5”, 4. Jaz Haney 14’ 10”, 7. Elsie Spomer 14’ 2.5”, 8. Gabri Lundberg 13’ 10.5”, 10. Mattie Larsen 13’ 9.25”, 12. Maddie Hackenberg 12’ 11”

Triple Jump

1 Elsie Spomer 32’ 2.50”, 2. Jaz Haney 31’ 6.5”, 3. Brea Terry 30’ 5.5”, 5. Gabri Lundberg 29’ 8”, 6. Kady Wells 29’ 7”, 7. Maddie Hackenberg 26’ 8”

Shot Put

5. Rachel Bonander 30’ 10.5”, 5. Cassidy Miner 30’ 10.5”, 7. Coby Calcotte 29’ 2.5”, 9. Katie McKenzie 26’ 1.5”, 10. Isabella Wambeke 26’, 12. Mattie Larsen 25’ 8.5”, 13. Tegan Lovelady 25’ 7”, 14. Marie Ramier 25’ 2”, 15. Jasmyne Lensegrav 24’ 9.5”, 18. Kortny Feller 23’ 4.5”

Discus Throw

4. Rachel Bonander 102’, 6. Coby Calcotte 88’ 10”, 9. Jasmyne Lensegrav 77’ 9”, 10. Cassidy Miner 75’, 11. Mattie Larsen 73’ 3”, 12. Kortny Feller 68’ 5”, 14. Marie Ramier 66’, 16. Tegan Lovelady 65’ 6”, 16. Katie McKenzie 65’ 6”, 18. Isabella Wambeke 63’ 6”

100 Meter Dash

1. Kaelan Groves 11.66, 6. Landon Lengfelder 12.06, 7. AJ Lewis 12.08, 8. Jon Morrow 12.16

200 Meter Dash

3. Kaelan Groves 24.94, 4. Jon Morrow 24.95, 5. Landon Lengfelder 25.00, 11. Joe Rogers 26.49

400 Meter Dash

2. Joe Rogers 54.23, 6. Landon Lengfelder 56.75, 7. Dylan Cordes 57.73, 9. AJ Lewis 59.40

800 Meter Run

2. Jay Cox 2:02.94, 6. Tyler Pfeifer 2:17.98, 8. Joey Hernandez 2:20.72, 9. Jesse Erickson, 2:21.05, 10. Eyob Robirds 2:22.43, 12. Isaac Summers 2:45.38

1600 Meter Run

1. Alan Merritt 4:58.41, 2. Jayden Yates 5:00.13, 3. Jesse Erickson 5:06.02, 4. Tyler Pfeifer 5:07.78, 5. Joey Hernandez 5:14.67, 6. Eyob Robirds 5:16.53, 8. Isaac Summers 5:41.33

3200 Meter Run

3. Jayden Yates 10:58.01, 4. Riley McKeen 13:13.07

110 Meter Hurdles

3. Kacey Creed 17.63

4x100 Meter Relay

2. Powell 46:25

4x400 Meter Relay

2. Powell 3:47.51

High Jump

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

Pole Vault

3. Brody Karhu 13’ 8”, 4. Kaelan Groves 12’ 6”, 6. Brooks Asher 11’ 6”, 7. Reece Hackenberg 11’ 6”, 9. Riley Bennett 10’ 6”

Long Jump

3. AJ Lewis 19’ 7”, 5. Jacob Harrison 19’ 2”, 7. Dylan Preator 18’ 9”, 12. Charlie Hall 17’ 1.25”

Triple Jump

1. Dalton Woodward 41’ 8.5”, 4. Dylan Preator 39’ 9.5”

Shot Put

2. Ryan Good 44’ 6.5”, 4. Cayden Lynn 40’ 1”, 7. Zeke Frankenberry 38’ 2”, 8. Canyon Gonzales 36’ 9.5”, 10. Shay Dillon 35’10.5”, 12. Carter Olsen 34’09”, 14. Geordan Weimer 34’04”

Discus Throw

3. Ryan Good 136’, 4. Reece Hackenberg 132’ 11”, 5. Cayden Lynn 121’10”, 9. Shay Dillon 111’ 1”, 11. Zeke Frankenberry 105’ 4”, 12. Canyon Gonzales 104’ 3”, 15. Carter Olsen 99’ 2”, 19. Geordan Weimer 84’

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