Regional champs

Posted 5/18/10

Trailing Jackson entering the second day of competition, the Panther boys used their overall depth and balance to overtake the host Broncs and pull away for a 27-point team victory, 187-160. Cody placed third with 101 points.

On the girls' side, …

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Regional champs


{gallery}05_18_10/trackregionals{/gallery} Powell's Drew MaGill (right) and Colby Gilmore stride down the home stretch of the boys' 200-meter finals on Saturday in Jackson. MaGill, Gilmore and teammate Marco Borja (not pictured) grabbed three of the top four spots and helped lead Powell to a regional title. Tribune photo by John WetzelPanther boys take top honors in 3A West, girls runner-up The Powell High School boys' track team scored points in every event this weekend to pick up the 2010 track title in the 3A West region in Jackson. Powell's girls had an oustanding Saturday to rise from fifth to second in the final standings to earn regional runner-up honors. “The kids had a great weekend,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith, who again was named the 3A West boys' coach of the year. “I was really happy with the way the kids came out and performed. We had a ton of personal records and qualified more than we expected. We just had a great meet.”

Trailing Jackson entering the second day of competition, the Panther boys used their overall depth and balance to overtake the host Broncs and pull away for a 27-point team victory, 187-160. Cody placed third with 101 points.

On the girls' side, the Panthers spent Saturday leapfrogging up the standings, but came up eight points short of completing the crime as Jackson claimed the regional title 126-118. The Panthers beat out both Cody (104 points) and Worland (103 points) for second-place honors.

Drew MaGill was a triple champion for the Panthers, racing to titles in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the triple jump. Kyle Sullivan brought home the gold in both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. Colby Gilmore outran the rest of the 400-meter field to claim the title.

On the girls' side, Desiree Murray cruised to a title at 400 meters and Kendra Ostrom used her final high jump attempt of the day to grab the title in that event. Both the boys' and girls' 4x400 relay teams also cruised to victory.

In addition to the Panthers' stable of regional champions, Smith applauded several other regional performances.

“Tess Mitchell was fourth in the 3200 in only her second time running the race,” said Smith. “BreaAnn Hollenbeck improved by almost a foot to place fifth in the long jump. Marco Borja dropped almost a full second off his best 200 time. Cameron Bennett dropped two seconds off his 300 hurdle time, and Justin Lynn dropped over seven seconds off his best 800 time to get eighth.”

None of those, however, compared to the 28 seconds that distance runner Bodie Friday dropped to place fifth at 3200 meters.

“In addition, we had nine kids finish in the dreaded No. 9 spot who just missed qualifying,” said Smith. “They were all either their personal records or their second-best performance of the season, so you really can't ask for a better effort from the kids. I just hope we can keep improving through next weekend.”

The Panthers will begin their state track competition on Thursday in Casper. The state championships run through Saturday. The top eight finishers from this weekend's regional meet — or the top four in relay events —earned the right to compete for a 3A title.

Girls' team scores: Jackson 126, Powell 118, Cody 104, Worland 103, Mountain View 81, Lander 76, Pinedale 36, Lyman 13.

Individuals: 200-7. Alyssa Rodriguez 29.12; 400-1. Desiree Murray 1:00.79, 6. Alyssa Rodriguez 1:07.7; 800-4. Desiree Murray 2:28.41, 5. Kassey MacDonald 2:29.25, 7. Brooke Nisley 2:31.82; 1600-3. Brooke Nisley 5:57.37; 3200-4. Tess Mitchell 13:29.07; 300m hurdles-3. Desiree Murray 48.69; 4x100 relay-6. Kami Cooley, BreaAnn Hollenbeck, Korrie Kalberer and Kendra Ostrom 54.28; 4x400 relay-1. Brooke Nisley, Kassey MacDonald, Alyssa Rodriguez and Desiree Murray 4:18.31; 4x800 relay-2. Brooke Nisley, Skye Albert, Alyssa Rodriguez and Kassey MacDonald 10:27.83; High jump-1. Kendra Ostrom 5'1”, 3. Hannah Pollart 4'11”, 7. Kami Cooley 4'9”; Long jump-3. Kendra Ostrom 15'0.25”, 4. Kassey MacDonald 14'11”, 5. BreaAnn Hollenbeck 14'7.75”; Triple jump-3. Kendra Ostrom 32'; Discus-3. Marquette McArthur 104'2”, 6. Hannah Groves 89'2”; Shot put-5. Hannah Groves 32'0.5”, 7. Marquette McArthur 30'5.25”.

Boys' team scores: Powell 187, Jackson 160, Cody 101, Lander 96, Pinedale 63.5, Lyman 30, Worland 13.5, Mountain View 6.

Individuals: 100-1. Drew MaGill 11.45, 3. Colby Gilmore 11.66, 7. Josh Cragoe 11.94; 200-1. Drew MaGill 22.92, 3. Colby Gilmore 23.64, 4. Marco Borja 24.01; 400-1. Colby Gilmore 51.38; 800-5. Zach Thiel 2:05.07, 8. Justin Lynn 2:11.69; 1600-4. Cody Fagley 4:55.06, 6. Bodie Friday 4:59.4; 3200-5. Bodie Friday 10:43.48, 7. Cody Fagley 10:59.86; 110m hurdles-1. Kyle Sullivan 15.04, 2. Josh Cragoe 15.8; 300m hurdles-1. Kyle Sullivan 41.26, 5. Cameron Bennett 44.78; 4x100 relay-4. Cameron Bennett, Marco Borja, Vince Sleep and Josh Cragoe 46.85; 4x400 relay-1. Kyle Sullivan, Zach Thiel, Colby Gilmore and Josh Cragoe 3:31.59; 4x800 relay-4. Tyler McCauley, Justin Lynn, Marshall McArthur and Zach Thiel 8:58.54; High jump-2. Kyle Sullivan 5'10”, 3. Cole Good 5'10”; Pole vault-2. Matthew Condie 12'6”; Long jump-2. Drew MaGill 21'0.75”; Triple jump-1. Drew MaGill 42'5.5”, 7. Kyle Woodward 39'4”; Discus-3. Andrew Young 132', 4. Vince Sleep 131'7”, 6. Jacob Beuster 125'2”; Shot put-2. Jacob Beuster 46'6.75”, 7. Andrew Young 42'7”, 8. Vince Sleep 41'10.25”.