The Powell High School track and field teams held their season-ending award ceremony last month, honoring the athletes that made it a very special season.
The Lady Panthers placed second as a team at the 2019 3A State Track and Field Meet in Casper, while the Panthers finished in third place. The two teams combined for seven state championships, including four individual championships and three relay titles.
At the awards ceremony, middle distance runner Jay Cox and sprinter/hurdler Sabrina Shoopman were named Outstanding State Meet Performers. Cox won gold in both the 400 and 800 meter runs, and also ran legs in two gold-medal winning relays, the 4x400 and 4x800. Shoopman won the championship in the 300 meter hurdles; she also placed fourth in the 400 and 100 meter dash and ran a leg on the 4x400 relay team, which also finished fourth.
Most Improved was awarded to senior Kaelan Groves and sophomore Emma Karhu. Groves medaled in two events at the state meet, including a sixth-place finish in the 100 meters and a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters. He also finished fifth as a member of the 4x100 relay team and took 12th in the pole vault. Karhu was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100 relay team and medaled in the 300 meter hurdles and the pole vault, taking third in both.
The Jim Miller Memorial for Distance Award went to Alan Merritt, Jayden Yates and Hailee Hyde. Merritt and Yates both ended their high school careers as state champions, each running a leg for the gold medal-winning 4x800 relay team. Individually, Merritt placed third in the 3200 meters and eighth in the 1600 meters. Yates finished seventh in the 3200 meters, eighth in the 800 meters and 10th in the 1600 meters. Hyde finished ninth at state as part of the 4x800 relay team and finished 13th in the high jump.
The Mitch Myrick Field Event Award went to Dylan Preator and Gabri Lundberg. Preator won two championships at this year’s state meet, taking the top spot in the triple jump and running a leg in the gold medal-winning 4x400 relay. He also medaled in the 300 and 110 meter hurdles, placing sixth and eighth, respectively. Lundberg was third in state in the high jump.
Brody Karhu and Caitlyn Miner were given the LA Kohnke Most Deserving Award. Karhu won gold at state as part of the 4x400 relay team, and silver in the pole vault. He also medaled in the 200 and 400 meters, finishing fifth in both. Miner was part of the gold medal-winning 4x100 relay team.
—By Don Cogger