It came down to the final event on Saturday in Worland — with the Powell Panther boys’ track and field team ending up on the wrong side of the scoresheet after a windy weekend, losing the …
It came down to the final event on Saturday in Worland — with the Powell Panther boys’ track and field team ending up on the wrong side of the scoresheet after a windy weekend, losing the 3A West Regional track title to Mountain View by one-half a point.
In that final event the Panthers came in leading 153.5 to 148 over Mountain View.
During the 4x400 Powell ended up finishing fifth and earning four points to make it a 9.5 point difference.
Lander was leading the race, but a failed baton exchange allowed Mountain View to catch up and pass the Tigers — helping the Buffalos win the team race after earning 10 points to make it 158 to 157.5 in favor of Mountain View.
“It was disappointing to come that close but every meet simulation I ran had us down between 20-25 points so I am really proud of the way the boys competed,” coach Scott Smith said.
Powell had a strong weekend as a team, winning four individual events and a relay.
Daniel Merritt won the 1600 meters (4:36.25); Isaiah Woyak won the high jump clearing 6 feet; Nathan Dupont won the long jump (21-8) and Cody Seifert won the triple jump (43-4 3/4).
The 4x100 relay team of Hyrum Jeide, Nathan Dupont, Simon Shoopman and Seifert won in 45.55.
Powell placed three of the top six pole vaulters, with Adam Williams getting second (12-6), Jeremy Harms (12-0) fourth and Wyatt Heffington tying for sixth (12-0).
Jeide had a strong weekend in the hurdles, placing second in the 300 meter hurdles (41.48) and third in the 110 meter hurdles (15.24).
Merritt also earned a second place finish in the 3200 meters (10:31.57), while Woyak was runner up in the triple jump (43-3) to Seifert.
Powell and Mountain View were comfortably ahead of the competition, as Worland (95.5), Lovell (94) and Lander (93) rounded out the top five.
Powell’s season will wrap up this weekend in Casper, heading to Kelly Walsh to take part in the State Track and Field Championships starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Thursday kicks off with the 3200 meter finals alongside a mixture of field events.
Friday starts at 9 a.m. with the 800 meters alongside field events.
Saturday begins at 9 a.m. with field events and will be followed at 9:30 a.m. by the 100 meter hurdle finals.
“Mountain View, Torrington and Lander in the boys are looking very talented,” Smith said. “(We will look to) improve a bit again this week and bring home a lot of individual and relay medals. Then we will see where the team scores shake out after that.”
Powell will be looking to improve on its third place finish last year, expecting to be in the mix for a team title with Lander being the defending champions.
The Panthers will have competitors in every event except the 200 meters, 4x400 relay and discus.
3A WEST REGIONALS
* Denotes state qualifying mark, top eight receive state qualifying individually, top four relays qualify, p denotes preliminary round mark
Team scores: 1. Mountain View 158, 2. Powell 157.5, 3. Worland 95.5, 4. Lovell 94, 5. Lander 93, 6. Lyman 61, 7. Thermopolis 19, Pinedale 10
100 meters: 3. Cody Seifert 11.48*, 17. McKale Foley 12.21p
200 meters: 11. Evan Whitlock 24.28p
400 meters: 6. Evan Whitlock 53.97, 10. McKale Foley 58.22p
800 meters: 4. Daniel Merritt 2:04.8, 13. Korbyn Warren 2:13.72, 20. Josh Pfeiffer 2:19.8
1600 meters: 1. Daniel Merritt 4:36.25*, 8. Korbyn Warren 4:45.64, 13. Liam Taylor 5:01.85, 17. Josh Pfeiffer 5:20.18
3200 meters: 2. Daniel Merritt 10:31.57, 5. Korbyn Warren 10:49.18, 11. Liam Taylor 11:19.94, 18. Colin Walker 12:33.84
110 meter hurdles: 3. Hyrum Jeide 15.24*, 5. Simon Shoopman 15.9*, 6. Stuart Shoopman 15.94*, 8. Nathan Preator 16.95
300 meter hurdles: 2. Hyrum Jeide 41.48*, 4. Simon Shoopman 42.51*, 7. Stuart Shoopman 1:41.02 (43.96p)
4x100 relay: 1. Hyrum Jeide, Nathan Dupont, Simon Shoopman and Cody Seifert 45.55*
4x400 relay: 5. McKale Foley, Evan Whitlock, Jace Hyde and Hyrum Jeide 3:38.72
4x800 relay: 4. Liam Taylor, Josh Pfeiffer, Korbyn Warren and Jace Hyde 9:28.24
1600 sprint medley: 3. Simon Shoopman, Nathan Dupont, Jace Hyde and Daniel Merritt 3:46.88*
High jump: 1. Isaiah Woyak 6-0*, 4. Jace Hyde 5-8, 7. Landon Hyde 5-6, T9. Nathan Dupont 5-4
Pole vault: 2. Adam Williams 12-6*, 4. Jeremy Harms 12-0*, T6. Wyatt Heffington 12-0*
Long jump: 1. Nathan Dupont 21-8*, 10. Cody Seifert 18-5, 11. Evan Staidle 18-4 1/2, 23. Ryan Cordes 16-9 1/4
Triple jump: 1. Cody Seifert 43-4 3/4*, 2. Isaiah Woyak 43-3*, 7. Nathan Preator 40-2 1/2, 16. Evan Staidle 37-2 1/2
Shot put: 5. Jonathan Harms 41-2 1/4, 12. Gabe Weimer 37-2 1/2
Discus: 10. Gabe Weimer 112-6, 12. Jonathan Harms 110-3
Total competitors in event in (), distance events 800 and above alongside relays direct to finals, all other events preliminary rounds first — top eight make finals
100 meters (20): Cody Seifert
400 meters (17): Evan Whitlock
800 meters (16): Daniel Merritt
1600 meters (17): Korbyn Warren and Daniel Merritt
3200 meters (17): Daniel Merritt and Korbyn Warren
110 meter hurdles (16): Simon Shoopman, Hyrum Jeide, Stuart Shoopman and Nathan Preator
300 meter hurdles (17): Simon Shoopman, Stuart Shoopman and Hyrum Jeide
4x100 relay (9): 5. Hyrum Jeide, Nathan Dupont, Simon Shoopman and Cody Seifert
4x800 relay (9): Liam Taylor, Josh Pfeiffer, Korbyn Warren and Jace Hyde
High jump (16): Landon Hyde, Jace Hyde and Isaiah Woyak
Pole vault (17): Jeremy Harms, Wyatt Heffington and Adam Williams
Long jump (18): Cody Seifert and Nathan Dupont
Triple jump (16): Nathan Preator, Isaiah Woyak and Cody Seifert
Shot put (16): Jonathan Harms
1600 sprint medley (9): Simon Shoopman, Nathan Dupont, Jace Hyde and Daniel Merritt