Panthers wrap up regular season

Head to state Friday and Saturday

Posted 3/2/23

Finishing off the regular season, the Powell High School indoor track teams went to Gillette once again to take part in the Sheridan Invite on Friday.

“I was really happy with our kids the …

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Panthers wrap up regular season

Head to state Friday and Saturday


Finishing off the regular season, the Powell High School indoor track teams went to Gillette once again to take part in the Sheridan Invite on Friday.

“I was really happy with our kids the way they were able to perform,” coach Scott Smith said. “I think that they have shown steady improvement and been able to work through the early morning departures.”

The boys finished sixth overall as a team, and second among 3A teams in the 10 team meet.

Cody Seifert led the way for Powell, tying for second in the 55 meter dash (6.82) and placing second outright in the triple jump (41-1 1/2) — reaching the state qualifying standard in the triple jump.

“Cody was a nice pick up after recovering from two different surgeries,” Smith said. “He has developed into one of the top sprinters and triple jumpers in all classes.”

Daniel Merritt placed top five in two events, finishing fourth in the 800 (2:06.17) and fifth in the 1600 (4:57.11).

Colin Walker finished fourth in the 3200 (13:31.64), while the Panthers were strong in the 55 hurdles with Simon Shoopman tied for fourth (8.35) and Stuart Shoopman finished seventh (8.56).

For the girls, Brynn Hillman had the highest placement for the Panthers — taking third in the 3200 (13:17.49) while adding an eighth place finish in the 1600 (6:13.58).

PHS continued to be strong in the distance events as Kenna Jacobsen finished fourth in the 1600 (5:56.76) and eighth in the 800 (2:32.31).

“Our distance kids have done a nice job of working hard, they have kept running after cross country and it is showing in their performances,” Smith said. “Anna [Bartholomew] and Sydney [Spomer] have come in from volleyball and progressed well with a large part of that being from their experience in their previous outdoor seasons.”

Other placers for the girls included Spomer taking fifth in the triple jump (32-5 3/4) and Audrey Johnson taking sixth in the 400 (1:06.43).

Overall the girls placed seventh as a team and third among 3A competition.

Indoor track will come to a close this weekend, with the Panthers heading to Gillette for the fifth time this year for the state meet starting on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with field events and at 11 a.m. for running events.

The competition will continue on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. with field events and at 9 a.m. with field events.

Powell will be taking 28 of the 39 athletes on the team to the meet, with a difficult competition expected in the first year of 3A indoor track.

Smith said it is difficult to predict where teams will land after competing throughout Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.

He believes Cody has enough depth at the 3A level for both boys and girls to take home the team title while the Panthers focus on taking home individual awards.

“We are looking at taking home a pile of individual and relay medals and let the team scores work themselves out,” Smith said. “There have been a lot of outstanding performances from Wyoming kids and this state meet is going to be a lot of fun to watch from a spectator standpoint.”



* Denotes state qualifying mark


Team scores: 1. Sheridan 124.5, 2. Thunder Basin 106.16, 3. Cody 76, 4. Kelly Walsh 67.83, 5. Campbell County 64.83, 6. Powell 40.83, 7. Douglas 23.33, 8. Lovell 23, 9. Worland 18, 10. Big Horn 14.5

55 meter dash: T2. Cody Seifert 6.82, 55. Toby Sessions 7.64, 61. Seeger Wormald 7.77, 75. Heyden Keever 10.06

200 meter dash: 15. Cody Seifert 24.74, 20. Simon Shoopman 25.17, 23. Heyden Keever 25.31, 26. Chance Franks 25.35, 27. Logan Jensen 25.42, T46. McKale Foley 26.45, 69. Toby Sessions 27.83, 80. Isaac Fransway 36.87

400 meter dash: 18. McKale Foley 58.61, 27. Stuart Shoopman 1:00.25

800 meter run: 4. Daniel Merritt 2:06.17, 22. Korbyn Warren 2:19.15, 27. Liam Taylor 2:21.68, 35. Thomas Shuman 2:35.51

1600 meter run: 5. Daniel Merritt 4:57.11, 12. Korbyn Warren 5:09.71, 18. Liam Taylor 5:27.76, 24. Colin Walker 6:04.22

3200 meter run: 4. Colin Walker 13:31.64

55 meter hurdles: T4. Simon Shoopman 8.35, 7. Stuart Shoopman 8.56

4x200 meter relay: 7. Chance Franks, Logan Jensen, Cody Seifert and Simon Shoopman 1:41.3

4x400 meter relay: 5. Daniel Merritt, McKale Foley, Logan Jensen and Chance Franks 3:56.42

Triple jump: 2. Cody Seifert 41-1 1/2*, 13. Logan Jensen 34-1 3/4, T16. Seeger Wormald 32



Team scores: 1. Thunder Basin 134, 2. Cody 106, 3. Sheridan 95.5, 4. Kelly Walsh 76.5, 5. Campbell County 64, 6. Worland 32, 7. Powell 25, 8. Big Horn 11, 9. Douglas 9, 10. Lovell 4

55 meter dash: 45. Peyton Borcher 8.55, 48. Kodee Asay 8.59

200 meter dash: 18. Audrey Johnson 28.6, 54. Aramonie Brinkerhoff 32.09

400 meter dash: 6. Audrey Johnson 1:06.43

800 meter run: 8. Kenna Jacobsen 2:32.31, T9. Anna Bartholomew 2:32.39, 22. Melissa Merritt 2:44.11, 25. Myah Rakness 2:45.72

1600 meter run: 4. Kenna Jacobsen 5:56.76, 8. Brynn Hillman 6:13.58. 9. Melissa Merritt 6:19.13

3200 meter run: 3. Brynn Hillman 13:17.49

55 meter hurdles: T13. Gretel Opps 10.47, 16. Charity Siggins 10.51, 17. Aramonie Brinkerhoff 10.58

4x400 meter relay: 4. Anna Bartholomew, Audrey Johnson, Kenna Jacobsen and Myah Rakness 4:37.73

High jump: T11. Charity Siggins 4-5

Long jump: 17. Kodee Asay 13-4 1/2 

Triple jump: 5. Sydney Spomer 32-5 3/4 

Shot put: 11. Grace Coombs 31-11 1/4, 12. Katie O’Brien 31-6 3/4