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www, LovellChronicle.com April 8, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 BY DAVID PECK The Lovell track and field squad followed up a strong performance at Cody March 27 with a meet three days later at Worland, and while conditions were windy and chilly, some athletes met or exceeded their perfor- mances, while others strug- gled in the wind. "The weather affected everybody to a large degree," coach Joe Koritnik said. "Ev- eryone performed OK, but their marks weren't where they have been. The wind was out of the south initial- ly, but the temperature was OK. Then it turned from the north and it got cold. It was like someone flipped a switch." Both the boys and girls squads placed second at the DAD Twilight Invitational, Koritnik said. The girls fin- ished just behind Thermop- olis, 128.5-117, with Wor- land third at 101, and the boys finished behind Lander 160.5-120, with Cody third at 110 points. The top performanc- es Tuesday came from the throwers, Koritnik said. Se- nior Tyler Anderson won both the shot put and discus, Anderson and AJ Montanez went one-two in the shot and in the girls division, sopho- mores Schuylar Davis and Miranda Griffis set personal records in both throws. "They're knocking on our school record now (in the discus)," Koritnik said. "We're seeing, as sopho- mores, the growth they've made. It's early in the sea- son, but they're starting to understand the events bet- ter and the techniques." Anderson started his se- nior year right with a throw of 161-2 to win the discus, easily pre-qualifying for State and nearly reaching his personal record of 162- 3 set last season. Montanez was fifth at 120-5. Anderson also won the shot put at 52-103A, a per- sonal outdoor record, and Montanez also set a personal mark with a throw of 48-5, good for second place. "Tyler was right up there with some of his best throws," Koritnik said. "As experienced as he is and with Chad's (Lindsay) coaching, DAVID PECK PHOTOS Lovell sophomore thrower Erin Robertson prepares to unleash a throw during the shot put competition in Cody March 27. he wants to get off some big throws this year as a senior. It will be fun to watch him. Tyler and AJ threw well." On the girls side, both Davis and Griffis set per- sonal records in the discus, and Griffis also set a per- sonal mark in the shot. Da- vis finished second in the discus with a throw of 99- 9, and Griffis was right be- hind her at 98-6. Both could challenge the Lovell school record of 101-2 set by Janis Beal in 2000. Keesha Savage placed eighth in the discus at 76- 11 and sixth in the shot put at 27-6. Davis was seventh in the shot at 27-53A, Griffis eighth at 26-11, a personal best. In other field events, Karen Koritnik won the tri- ple jump with a leap of 31-3 , and Stephanie Green was second at 30-2 , Alyssa Gei- ser fourth at 29-2. Korit- nik was second in the long jump at 15-2, Chelsey El- lis eighth at 13-9 and Green ninth at 13-7. Susie Shumway placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-6. "She was getting good height, but she was taking off too far from the bar and kept clipping it," Koritnik said. As for the boys, Lovell went 1-2-5-8 in the long jump. Ryan Croft placed first with a jump of 17-83A, followed by Cody Savage in second at 17-6, Ben Long fifth at 16-113A and Dino Collins eighth at 16-2. Hunt- er Hinckley nearly placed, finishing ninth with a jump of 15-10. McKayan May was llth at 15-7. All long jump- ers were down in distance from the Cody meet, due to the wind. Triple-jumpers fared better in Worland. Fresh- man Savage cleared 40 feet (40-1/2) in his first triple jump competition, finishing second. Long was third at 39-6, two feet better than his performance at Cody, and Dylan Hultgren eighth at 35-6. The boys pole vault com- petition was cancelled due to the weather, Koritnik said. Other field event results include: Boys: Long jump - Na- than Ballard 15th, 14-9 , and Morgan Baxendale, 12- 5; triple jump - Nathan Bal- lard 13th, 33-9, and Hunt- er Hinckley 14th, 33-7; shot put - Mark Grant llth, 35-7, Jonathan Wakelin 12th, 35-0 (personal record), Tanner Rohrer 16th, 33- 3/4 (PR) and Jake Wakelin, 24-3 1/2; discus - Jon Wake- lin ninth, 102-6 (PR), Mark Grant 10th, 99-4 (PR) and Rohrer 12th, 97-3 (PR). Girls: Long jump - Me- gan McClure 18th, 12-1, and Kassidy Hetland 11-5; triple jump- McClure 14th, 24-7; shot put - Erin Robertson 11th, 24-1, Bekah Schroeder 15th, 22-5, Nicole Emmett 20-2, Jenny Long 17-1/2, Krystina Croft 13-2; discus - Schroeder 16th, 60-11, and Robertson 18th, 59-10. In running events, the Lovell girls finished with threefirst-place medals, one second and one third. Fresh- man Amanda Shumway won the 3,200 meters and pre-qualified for State with a time of 13.01. Shumway blew away the field, winning by nearly a minute. "She led throughout the race against a pretty good girl from Worland (Shelby Sweeney)," Koritnik said. Fellow freshman Meryk McArthur had her first out- ing of the spring and won the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:30.50. "Meryk competed well," the coach said. "We want her to run the 3,200, as well, at some point." After winning the 400 at Cody, Susie Shumway turned her attention to the 800 in Worland and won the race with a time of 2:34.50, more than 12 seconds ahead of her closest challenger. Alyssa Geiser ran both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She placed second in the 100 with a time of 13.82 and third in the 200 at 27.87. Cheyenne Brightly ran the 100 in 16.41, Nicole Emmett in 17.12. The 400-meter relay team of Chelsey Ellis, Karen Koritnik, Amanda Shumway and Geiser won first place with a time of 53.25, slight- ly faster than their run in Cody. The 400-meter relay quartet of McArthur, Green, Ellis and Susie Shumway placed third with a time of 4:46.18. CROFT WINS 400 In boys running events, Ryan Croft won the 400-me- ter dash with a time of 57.75. Darren Ballard was,.13th at 1:06.46. "Fifty-seven seconds isn't outstanding, but it was a winning time, and that says something about him (Croft)," Koritnik said. "He has a great attitude, and the 400 could be his signature event. He long-jumped well, and he's an integral part of the (1,600) relay team." Distance runners also fared well. Colin May placed second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 11:03, and Collin McArthur was third at 11:17.02. Kenneth Mon- cur placed third in the 1,600 meters at 5:12.05, and Jacob Beck nearly placed in the metric mile, finishing ninth with a time of 5:43.68. "Colin was battling the kid from Ten Sleep (Scott Erdahl) and tried to close on him the last two laps, but Erdahl had a lot left at the end," Koritnik said. "Colin and Collin are young. They need to understand how to run their races. But they're Lovell High School runner Colin May rounds the corner in the 1,600 meters March 27 in Cody. The sophomore placed second in the 3,200 on March 30 in Worland. getting in shape and will bring their times down. Ken- neth was solid. Running 5:12 in the wind wasn't bad." Adam Beck placed fifth in the 800 meters at 2:27.19, Hultgren sixth at 2:28.66. In the sprints, sopho- more Dimas Patina was close to placing in two events, fin- ishing ninth in the 100-me- ter dash with a time of 12.68 and 10th in the 200 at 25.49. Hinckley ran the 100 in 13.26. The Lovell mile relay team of Croft, Savage, Mark Grant and Long placed sec- ond with a time of 3:47.63, while the sprint relay four- some of Patina, McKayan May, Dino Collins and Sav- age placed fourth at 48.68. "The 4x4 relay team ran with a 10t of confidence," Koritnik said. Ryan, Cody, Mark and Ben competed re- ally well. With a nicer day they would have had a bet- ter time. They did a good job with their exchanges. "It was a good effort by all of our athletes, especial- ly in the cold conditions. A lot of our athletes are start- ing to find their events." The Lovell and Rocky Mountain thinclads will be off to Pavillion Friday for the Wind River Invitation- al. Action begins at 9 a.m. There will be no high school meet on Saturday, but lo- cal middle school track and field squads will compete at the Powell Invitational, with action beginning at 9 a.m. i, i !! ! 1 t t j 'Z ! 1 i d iI BY DAVID PECK The weather hasn't ex- actly been conducive to good golf, but the Lovell High School golf team has been preparing for its first tournament of the spring this Friday, April 9, in Wor- land. Coach Ben Fowler said there are eight student ath- letes out for the squad this spring, and he is pleased that the Bulldogs will be able to field both a boys team and a girls team. Members of the boys squad are senior Evan Frost, sophomore Cody King, junior Jared Min- chow, junior Jeff Lewis and freshman Kaleb Hitz. Fowl- er said Hitz will golf in the junior varsity division of tournaments, when offered, but should be ready for the varsity squad by the confer- ence tourney in Moorcroft. The girls team is led by junior Mason Fowler, but sophomores Jordan Frost and Melissa Ellis are both back with the team after not playing last fall. Coach Fowler said Frost and Ellis will likely only compete in Class 2A tournaments this spring. "We haven't had a lot of practice due to the weath- er," Fowler said. 'Tee're hoping the experience we gained last fall will carry over into the spring. But everyone is facing the same thing. We'll see what hap- pens." Evan Frost is back and golfing strong despite his serious automobile accident last fall. "Evan is out to make a statement," Fowler said. "He hits the ball very well. He's playing very well. "We're looking forward to a good season. We'll get to see a lot of golf during the spring, which is differ- ent from 3A. We have lots of meets to go to." Fowler said Evan Frost, King, Minchow and Lewis will golf in the boys varsity division at Worland Friday, with Mason Fowler compet- ing in the girls varsity divi- sion. Hitz will golf JV, and Jordan Frost and Ellis will not compete. Action begins at 10 a.m. The same six will golf in Thermopolis on April 16, but all eight will compete on the home course at the Lovell tournament on April 17. All eight will also golf at Sundance on April 23 and at Moorcroft on April 24. There will be no meet on April 30-May 1 due to the LHS Prom, but the Bulldogs will resume play on May 7 in Cody. The 2A Conference Tournament will take place May 14-15 in Moorcroft. In response to public interest, a USA Swimming satellite team began practice in Lovell Feb. 1 with 16 boys and girls, ages 9-14. Currently, the team is a satellite location of the Pow- ell Swim Club, which provides admin- istrative support. The Lovell team of the Powell Swim Club offers a year round pro- gram for competitive swimmers. Swim: mers must be able to swim one length of the pool, any stroke. Swimmers can register throughout the year. There is a yearly (or seasonal - summer) registra- tion fee plus monthly coaching fee. Lovell coaches Pat Parmer and Ross Fuller are fully certified USA Swimming coaches with more than 12 years coaching and competitive swim- ming experience. Their first contest is an intrasquad meet with the Powell swimmers, Satur- day, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the Lovell Pool. Anyone interested in joining the team should contact Coach Parmer, 307-202-0781, Coach Fuller, 272-9337, or come to the meet Saturday, April 17, or to any practice to watch and for more information. As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 300,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swim- mers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for in- ternational competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. Practice schedule until April 21: Monday 3:30-4:45 pm Wednesday 3:30-4:45 pm Friday 3:30 - 5 pm Saturday 8-10 am Practice will be suspended at the Lovell Pool during the yearly mainte- nance (April 23 - May 24) and will be- gin again Tuesday, June 1 with a re- vised summer schedule (TBA).