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"' "l, CHR S April 12, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Bulldogs sweep top spots at Wind River Invitational BY DAVID PECK It was personal record week for the Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs last week as they contin- ued to show improvement at the Wind River Invitational Thurs- day, setting 30 new track and field personal records and captur- ing both team titles. "We had more good perfor- mances, and as always, we like that," coach Joshua Sanders said. "It was nice to compete against some 2A teams that we don't al- ways see. The kids are starting to focus on certain events and elimi- nate others." The Lovell girls won the team title with 135 points compared to 106 for second-place Thermopolis in the l 1-team field. Wind Riv- er had 63 points, Big Piney and Pinedale 60 each and Saratoga 59. Greybull had 24 points, Riv- erside 23, Shoshoni 22, Wyoming Indian 21 and Burlington 16. Lovell also captured the boys title with 134.5, outdistancing the field. Saratoga finished with 79 points for second place, Big Piney 74, Pinedale 73.5, Wyoming Indi- an 58, Burlington and Wind River 44 apiece, Shoshoni 36, Thermop 23.5, Riverside 20, Dubois 15 and Greybull 12.5. Combined scores show Lovell with 269.5 points, Saratoga 138, Big Piney 134 and Pinedale 133.5. LOVELL GIRLS Strength in relays, jumps, throws and middle distance pro- pelled the Lady Bulldogs to their team title in Pavillion. Sanders said coaches chose senior Alyssa Geiser as the female athlete of the week. Geiser raced to second place in the 300-meter low hurdles with a personal-re- cord time of 51.18. "She keeps cutting her time there, which I think is great," Sanders said. "She was also on two winning relay teams, and she placed third in the triple jump. I like that she was willing to get in the 300s this season, and when we needed her in the 4x4 (1,600-meter relay), she was will- ing to do it." All three relay teams cap- tured first place, showing the team depth. The sprint relay quartet of Chelsey Ellis, Kassi- dy Hetland, Whitney Grant and Geiser have now trimmed a full second off of their time from the Cody meet and won Thursday's race with a time of 53.93 seconds. Coaches put together a 1,600-meter relay team for the DAwv PECK Lovell senior Alyssa hits the pit in the triple jump during the recent Riverside High School Invitational. Geiser was named the female athlete of the week this week for her performance at the Wind River meet. first time this year, and the four- some of Kim Shumway, Susie Robertson, Hannah McCurley and Geiser won the race with a time of 4:45.10 officially, but Sanders said the time was actu- ally in the 4:15 or 4:20 range, not- ing that meet officials obviously recorded the wrong time. "They were at least 200 me- ters ahead of everyone else," he said. The 4x800 team of Meryk McArthur, Amanda Shumway, Kim Shumway and McCurley also captured first place, cover- ing the eight laps in !0:43.87 and pre-qualifying for State in the process. In individual running events, senior Susie Robertson ran the 400-meter dash for the first time this season and won the race with a time of 1:01.87. The Lady Bull- dogs had no runners in the 800, 1,600 or 3,200 meters this week. Junior Meryk McArthur fin- ished sixth in the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 56.81. As for the sprints, Kassi- dy Hetland placed fourth in the 100-meter dash preliminaries with a time of 13.61, her best time this season, and though her time in the finale slipped to 14.43, she moved up a place and finished third. "She jumped out like a can- non over the first 50 meters, and then they caught her," Sanders said of the finale. Coach (Daniel) Robertson wants to work with her to sustain that power over the last 50 meters. She gets out of the blocks well." Hetland ran a personal-re- cord time of 28.85 in the 200-me- ter dash to qualify for finals in sixth place, then placed seventh in the finals with a time of 30.04. Ameesha Anderson barely missed the finals with a time of 29.69 in the 200-meter prelims, the 10 th best time. Whitney Grant had the sev- enth best time in the preliminar- ies of the 100-meter intermediate hurdles, then ran a personal-re- cord time of 18.21 in the finals and placed fourth. Sophomore Chelby Lewis nearly made the finals in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing 10 th in the prelims with a time of 20.26. Stephanie Allred was 14 th in prelims with a person- al-record time of 21.60. In field events, senior Jodi Walker won the triple jump with a leap of 32-9, her best jump this season. Geiser was third with a jump of 31-10, Chayli McAr- thur fourth at 31-8. Walker also placed third in the long jump at 14-11, and Mercedes Haney was fourth with a personal-record 14- 5, Chelsey Ellis sixth at 14-1A. Lewis jumped a personal-record 13 feet to finish 104 . "Jodi jumped well in the tri- ple jump," Sanders said, "and Mercedes kind of surprised me in the long jump." Chayli McArthur high- jumped for the first time this sea- son and placed fourth with a jump of 4-3. Senior Miranda Griffis won the discus with a throw of 104-, and senior Schuylar Davis was a strong second with a personal-re- cord throw of 100-10. "That's something she's want- ed to do (throw 100 feet)," Sand- ers said of Davis. "It was nice to go 1-2." Griffis placed second in the shot put with a throw of 33-2, and Katie Hoover was fifth at 29-9, Davis eighth at 29-2 and Haney ninth at 28-8. Other Lovell girls results in- cluded: 100m dash - Chelsey Ellis 11 th in prelims, 14.12, tauten Hinckley 12 'h in prelims, 14.33 (PR), Amee- sha Anderson 13 'h in prelims, 14.40 (PR); long jump - Stephanie AIIred 9-6; shot put - Samantha Ste- vens 22-9 (PR); discus - Katie Hoover 11 th, 75-2, Stevens 58-3. DAVID PECK Lovell junior Tanner Rohrer gives the shot a heave during the recent Riverside Invitational in Basin. Rohrer set a personal record in the discus last week in Pavillion. BOYS SHOW DEPTH For the Lovell boys, depth paid off as the Bulldogs had mul- tiple placers in several events. Coaches named junior Tan- ner Rohrer as the male athlete of the week for his success in the throws. The throwers performed well in Pavillion. Senior AJ Montanez won the shot put with a throw of 51-2, and Rohrer placed sec- ond in the discus with a throw of 138-8, a personal record that pre- qualified him for State. Freshman Daniel Strom placed sixth in the discus with a personal-record toss of 114-3, followed by Cody Savage in seventh at 112-10, throwing the discus for the first time. "That's a good throw," Sand- ers said of Strom's effort, adding that Savage intends to stick with See 'BULLDOGS,' page 10 Little League clinic April 21 The North Big Horn Little League Baseball or- ganization is hosting a players and coaches clinic next Saturday, April 21, at the East Baseball Com- plex in Lovell. All players registered in the Majors and Minors Divisions are eligible to attend, and coaches from T- ball through Majors are encouraged to attend, ac- cording to League President Doug Arnold. SCHEDULE Pitchers/catchers clinic - 9-10:30 a.m. Fielding clinic - 10:30-noon Lunch break - 12-1, provided by NBHLL and the Senior League Baseball organization Hitting clinic - 1-3 p.m. Umpire clinic- 1-2 p.m. The umpire clinic is for anyone interested in umpiring a Majors or Minors game this year, Ar- nold said. Umps are asked to RSVP to Arnold at 254-0140 if they plan to attend. Instruction will be provided by the NBHLL of- ficials and coaches and Senior League Baseball coaches and players. Players may attend any or all of the clinics and are asked to RSVP with their coach so officials can get a head count for lunch. Rocky Mountain junior Bryce Ward sails above the bar during the high jump event at the Greybull track meet earlier this season. Ward won the event last Thursday at the Normative Services meet in Sheridan. Improving Grizzlies strong at NSI Twilight BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies and Lady Grizz appear to be hit- ting their stride a month into the 2012 track and field season, turn- ing in a number of strong perfor- mances at the Normative Servic- es Twilight meet last Thursday in Sheridan. The Rocky boys fmished a very strong second to Tongue River High School in the final team standings, 112-105.5, and the Rocky girls placed f-h with 45 points, just two points behind fourth-place Moor- croft. 'The boys had it won until the last event," coach Dave Beem- er said. 'rongue River had a 4x4 team (1,600-meter relay) and we didn't. For the most part we had some pretty good performances. %Ve found out a few things, too, like who the fastest people are. We were only missing four kids, so we had a pretty complete team." Turning to highlights, Beem- er noted the performance of fresh- man Cannon Simmons, who in- creased his personal record in the triple jump by seven inches, plac- ing second with a jump of 39-10, which is only seven inches from the state pre-qualification mark of 40- 5. Joey Jewell placed fourth with a jump of 38-4, Kirby Winland fifth Rocky Mountain sophomore Sydney Tyacke propels herself forward in the long jump during the recent Greybull track meet. Tyacke set a personal record in the event Thursday at the NSI Twilight meet. at 37-5, both personal records. "Cannon almost got to 40 feet and the jumping surface was not good," Beemer said. "Joey did a good job, and Kirby is improving all the time, too." Jewell won the long jump at 19-1, and Simmons was eighth, leaping 16-9." "That (19-1) was a good jump on that surface," Beemer said. "Joey is back to form." The performances in the hur- dles races were another highlight, Beemer said. Junior Bryce Ward placed second in the ll0-meter high hurdles with a personal-re- cord time of 17.39, and he placed third in the 300-meter intermedi- ate hurdles at 45.26, a personal record by two seconds. Winland placed fifth in the 300s at 47.29, a PR. "Bryce ran well, and he still has room to improve," Beemer said. Running his first races of the season was senior Derik Romero, who tied for third in the 100-me- ter dash with a time of 11.90 and finished ninth in the 200-meter dash at 25.19. Both are personal records. "Derik got a horrible start in the 200," Beemer said. "He will run in the 24s. He's not in fine shape yet." Jewell tied for third with Romero in the 100-meter dash (11.90, PR), and Winland placed fifth at 11.97, Simmons eighth at 12.03 and Austin Brost 11 th at 12.15, also a PR. Brost was neck-and-neck with Romero in the 200, placing 10 th with a time of 25.20. Brady Winland placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.48. Casey Banks placed fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.75, and Joey Carroll was sixth at 2:36.43. Banks also placed sixth in the 1,600, cover- ing the four laps in 5:44.84, and Carroll was seventh at 5:48.72, a personal record. Jake Loyning placed third in the 3,200 with a time of 13:38.66. The Rocky 400-meter relay team of Jewell, Simmons, Brost and Romero placed first with a time of 47.64. In field events, Ward won the high jump at 5-4, and Winland cleared 5-0 to place fourth. Chase Aagard improved his personal re- cord in the discus by 15 feet and finished 104 with a throw of 89- 11. He also threw the shot 28- 8, a personal record. In girls events, freshman Mikaela Hocker continued her improvement in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles, placing second with a personal-record time of 18.49. Sophomore Haley Strom was right behind her in third place at 18.97, competing for the first time this spring. "Mikaela three-stepped six hurdles last week, this time she nailed 'em all," Beemer said. "Haley is fast. We've got to get her three-stepping." Strom placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.81, a PR, and Brianna Hock- er placed eighth at 15.64, Sydney Tyacke ninth at 15.81 and Haley Stauffer 104 at 16.27. In the jumps, Tyacke placed second in the long jump with a per- sonal-record leap of 13-3 1A, and Brianna Hocker was seventh at 12- 1, Stauffer eighth at 12-0. Brianna Hocker placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 29-6, a PR. "There's room for improve- ment for Brianna," Beemer said, noting that the junior can reach the 30-foot mark. Senior Ashley Bridges placed second in the discus with a throw of 67-10, a PR, and she finished sixth in the shot with a toss of 22- 11, also a PR. POWELL SATURDAY With three meets under their belts, the Grizzlies will compete in their biggest meet yet this Sat- urday - the L.A. Kohnke Invita- tional at Powell High School. Ac- tion is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. II