Panther relay team torches school record
The Powell High School girls’ 4x800 relay team shattered a school record that had stood for 22 years in Cody on Friday. The foursome of Desiree Murray, Kassey MacDonald, Sierra Morrow and Tally Wells carved more than seven seconds off the previous Powell best.
“They wanted to go after it today and they ran it down,” said Panther assistant track coach Tracy McArthur. “Running the girls’ race along with the boys’ helped because it gave them someone to chase.”
The Panthers’ winning relay clocked a time of 9:53.23, becoming the first girls’ relay team to break the 10-minute barrier at the distance in Powell High School history. To put the time in perspective, the winning time was more than a full minute faster than the state qualifying standard in the event and nearly 20 seconds faster than the Panthers’ 3A championship time at last year’s state meet.
The record-smashing run was the highlight of a runner-up finish by the Panther girls on Friday. In addition, the Panther girls gained an additional state qualifier at the meet. Freshman Shawnea Harrington inked her name on Powell’s state track travel roster with a throw of 36 feet in the shot put, almost two feet beyond the qualifying distance of 34-2.
Harrington placed second overall in the event.
Among other noteworthy performances for Powell’s girls at the four-school meet was a sweep of the top four spots in the 1600 meter run. Morrow, MacDonald and Wells all returned from their relay success and were joined by Tess Mitchell to rack up a host of points for the orange and black.
Morrow won the event with a time of 5:54.25. It was the Panthers’ only individual event win on Friday. The Panthers produced the runner-up finisher in seven events.
On the boys’ side, Powell finished just shy of 280 team points to out-distance rival Cody by 67 points. The two Park County schools hogged all but 86 of the team points handed out.
Senior Kyle Sullivan qualified in his fifth event, winning the 200 meters in a time of 23.21 seconds. Junior Josh Cragoe, lining up in the 400 meters for the first time in his career, bested the state qualifying standard by a full second to earn a spot in the field at Casper in that race.
Individually, the Panthers also received event wins from Zander Andreason in the 1600, Sullivan in the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Beuster in the discus. In a rarity, Powell’s Justin Lynn and Tyler McCauley were clocked in identical times of 2:12.39 in the 800 to share first-place honors.
Powell also won the 4x100 and 4x800 relays as the Panthers tuned up for regional competition with a meet roster that lacked some of the team’s top performers in their signature events.
Sullivan, for instance, sat out during the running of the 300-meter hurdles, an event he’s likely the favorite in once 3A competition begins in Casper in two weeks. Similarly, MaGill was not listed among the triple jump performers as the Panthers used the meet as a final regular-season tune-up.
The Panthers travel to Pinedale this Friday and Saturday for 3A West regional competition. The top eight finishers in all events plus any additional performances surpassing the state’s qualifying standards will advance to the state track and field championships in Casper.
The state championships take place May 19-21 at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School.
Individuals: 100-8. Jada Swires 14.47; 200-2. KaDee Harrison 30.32, 3. Jada Swires 31.52, 4. Korrie Kalberer 32.35; 800-2. Tally Wells 2:31.62, 3. Sierra Morrow 2:38.76, Desiree Murray 2:39.85, 6. Kassey MacDonald 2:47.59, 7. Tess Mitchell 2:51.63; 1600-1. Sierra Morrow 5:54.25, 2. Tess Mitchell 5:55.65, 3. Kassey MacDonald 5:58.08, 4. Tally Wells 5:58.26; 100m hurdles-5. Karly Thomas 18.92; 300m hurdles-2. Karly Thomas 52.29; 4x800 relay-1. Desiree Murray, Kassey MacDonald, Tally Wells, Sierra Morrow 9:53.23 (new school record); High jump-2. (tie) Kendra Ostrom 4-11, 4. Cassidy Lynn 4-5; Pole vault-7. (tie) Kadi Cooley 7-9; Long jump-3. Kassey MacDonald 15-0 1/2, 6. Jada Swires 14-3, 8. Kendra Ostrom 13-9 1/2; Triple jump-4. Kendra Ostrom 30-8 1/2, KaDee Harrison 30-5 3/4, 8. Cassidy Lynn 28-9 1/4; Shot put-2. Shawnea Harrington 36-0, 4. Emily Kath 31-2, 6. Marquette McArthur 29-8 1/2, 7. Lex Brady 29-7 1/2; Discus-2. Marquette McArthur 109-3, 4. Emily Kath 101-2, 6. Lex Brady 99-1.
Individuals: 100-2. Drew MaGill 11.75, 4. Marco Borja 12.07; 200-1. Kyle Sullivan 23.21, 3. Drew MaGill 23.89, 7. Logan Harsh 26.99; 400-1. Colby Gilmore 51.63, 2. Josh Cragoe 51.68, 3. Jakob Bowers 57.19, 4. Logan Harsh 59.17; 800-1. (tie) Justin Lynn and Tyler McCauley 2:12.39, 5. Marshall McArthur 2:23.64; 1600-1. Zander Andreason 5:04.31, 2. Bodie Friday 5:04.73, 3. Andrew Feller 5:04.85, 4. Danny McKearney 5:04.99, 5. Mat Abraham 5:11.30; 3200-2. Andrew Feller 11:01.67, 3. Zander Andreason 11:01.87, 4. Danny McKearney 11:03.25, 5. Bodie Friday 11:17.74; 110m hurdles-1. Kyle Sullivan 15.09, 2. Josh Cragoe 15.27, 5. Cameron Bennett 18.21, 6. Brendon Phister 18.75; 300m hurdles-3. Cameron Bennett 44.81, 4. Brendon Phister 45.90, 5. Zach Thiel 47.27; 4x100 relay-1. Josh Cragoe, Marco Borja, Colby Gilmore, Jakob Bowers 45.06; 4x800 relay-1. Zach Thiel, Justin Lynn, Tyler McCauley, Marshall McArthur 9:08.45; High jump-2. Kyle Sullivan 6-2, 3. (tie) Cole Good 5-8, 6. (tie) Hayden Cragoe 5-4, 8. (tie) Tyler Patterson and Cameron Bennett 5-2; Pole vault-6. Brendon Phister 9-9; Long jump-2. Drew MaGill 20-2 1/2, 4. Cale Anderson 17-10, 8. Tyler Patterson 16-10 3/4; Triple jump-4. Hayden Cragoe 36-7 1/2, 5. Cale Anderson 35-4 1/2, 6. (tie) Jakob Bowers 35-3; Shot put-3. Jacob Beuster 46-6, 4. Vince Sleep 44-7, 5. Garrett Lynch 42-7 1/2, 8. Garrett Micheal 38-4; Discus-1. Jacob Beuster 151-1, 3. Vince Sleep 136-11, 5. Garrett Lynch 132-11; 8. Garrett Micheal 110-0.