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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I April 22, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Koritnik breaks school record in 300 hurdles as nice weather equals strong times, distances BY DAVID PECK Give a track and field athlete a nice day and good things will happen. For the first time this season, the Lovell Bulldogs enjoyed ex- cellent weather as they com- peted at the Riverside Invi- tational Friday in Basin and at the L.A. Kohnke Invita- tional Saturday in Powell. Times, heights and dis- tances were strong both days, and in many cases per- sonal records were set. One of the big surprises took place Friday. Lovell ju- nior Karen Koritnik hadn't run a hurdles race since mid- die school. Her father, coach Joe Koritnik, convinced her to try the 300-meter low hurdles as the team looks for more points at Regionals and State. Not only did Karen K. dominate and win the race, she set a new LHS school re- cord with a time of 47.46 sec- onds, topping the record of 48.55 set by Cathy Chidsey in 1990. Koritnik also pre- qualified for State with her time. "We've been talking about it since early in the year," Coach K said. "She was receptive to running another event. She's a good, strong athlete. It's a very challenging race, and some- times people shy away from it. As little preparation as she did (some segment work and open 300 running), she wasn't intimidated by it. "She's excited to run it again. She's tied for the best time in the state, and that changes her whole perspec- tive on the race. Any time you can break a record, ex- pecially one 20 years old, at any school is quite an ac- complishment. It was a tre- mendous effort on Karen's part. I'm excited for her and for the whole team. We have some other people who are hard. In general, everyone is tired. We may back off this week, then gear up for the last stretch." Susie Shumway won the 400 meters both days, run- ning a season best 1:01.08 Friday in Basin, then lower- ing it a hair Saturday with a time of 1:01.07. She also pre-qualified for State in the 800 meters Saturday, plac- ing second with a time of 2:29.14, her season best. "Caleb (Sanders) feels she is running very well right now," Koritnik said. Nicole Emmett placed ninth in the 400 meters Fri- day with a time of 1:24.12 and was second in the JV di- vision Saturday at 1:23. In the sprints, Mykel Anderson ran the 200-meter dash for the first time this season and placed second Friday with a time of 28.22 and sixth Saturday at 29.09. Cheyenne Brightly placed eighth in the JV 200 Satur- day at 32.34. In the 100-meter dash, Alyssa Geiser placed third Friday at 13.40 and fourth Saturday at 14.04. Fresh- man Kassidy Hetland placed fourth Friday at 13.86 and second in the JV division Saturday at 14.54. Stepha- nie Green was fifth Friday at 13.93. The L600-meter relay team of Amanda Shumay, Chelsey Ellis, Anderson and Susie Shumway captured first place Friday with a time of 4:26.74, and Anderson, Katie Walker, McArthur and Susie Shumway placed sec- ond in Powell at 4:29.63. The 400-meter relay team of Anderson, Koritnik, Green and Geiser placed sec- ond in Powell with a time of 52.98. GIRLS FIELD EVENTS In field events, the warm weather helped Koritnik get back up closer to where she very close to records."  . wants to be in the longjp, The LHS coaching stafi Coach K said, as she 4bn named Koritnik as the fe z th a jump of 16-2 in Ba- male athlete of the week. In other running events, the Lovell middle and long- distance runners continued to look strong last week. Freshman Amanda Shum- way won the 1,600 meters in Basin with a time of 5:46.32 Friday, then set a new per- sonal record in the 3,200 on Saturday in Powell, running under 13 minutes for the first time at 12:58.51 to cap- ture first place. Freshman Meryk McAr- thur won the 800 meters in Basin Friday with a time of 2:42.85, then lowered her time to 2:40.92 Satur- day, placing sixth. She also set a personal record in the 1,600 meters Saturday, plac- ing second with a time of 6:09.65. "We have three solid dis- tance runners now on the girls side," Koritnik said. "They're running well now. We've been racing kind of sin and 15-7 in Powell, pre- qualifying for State. "She still wasn't confi- dent in her run, but she had some good jumps," the coach said. "She's getting back to where she was last year a little bit." Koritnik also placed sec- ond in the triple jump Satur- day in Powell with a jump of 33-7. Unable to attend Fri- day, Katie and Jodi Walker scored well in the jumps on Saturday, Koritnik noted. Katie Walker placed third in the triple jump at 33-7 and sixth in the long jump at 14- 4. Jodl Walker placed third in the long jump at 14-9 and fourth in the triple jump at 32-1. Green won the triple jump Friday with a leap of 31 feet, and she placed 10th in the long jump at 12-2 . Freshman Chelsey Ellis placed Second in the JV long DAVID P]ccK Lovell senior Ben Long hits the pit during the long jump competition at the Riverside Invitational in Basin Friday afternoon. Long won the event with a jump of 19-5V4. jump Saturday at 13-5, and she placed seventh in the tri- ple jump Friday at 27-10. Hetland set a personal record in the long jump Fri- day at 12-4, placing eighth, then topped it with a jump of 12-9 Saturday, good for fifth in the JV division. She also placed fourth in the JV triple jump Saturday at 27- 1/2. Megan McClure placed sixth in the triple jump at 27-10aA Friday and was 12th in the long jump at 11-9. Gei- ser placed eighth in the tri- ple jump Friday at 27-33A. Susie Shumway placed third in the high jump on both Friday and Satur- day, clearing 4-10 in Basin and 4-11 in Powell. Aman- da Shumway cleared 4-6 to place sixth in the high jump Friday in Basin. Anderson competed in the pole vault for the first time this season and im- proved from Friday to Sat- urday. She placed second at 8-6 Friday and third at 9-0 Saturday. In throwing events, Erin Robertson set a new personal record in the shot put Friday with a fourth-place throw of 29-5. She then won the JV division Saturday, throwing 24-5. Senior Keesha Savage set a personal record in the discus Friday, placing fifth at 90-6, then threw 72-7 Saturday. She placed fifth in the shot put Friday at 28-9 and 10th Saturday with a throw of 27-6. Other throwing results include: Miranda Griffis - shot put, 26-2 Friday (sev- enth) and 26-10 Saturday (llth), discus, 93-6 Friday (second) and 90-11 Satur- day (seventh); Schuylar Da- vis - shot put, 25-6 Friday (eighth) and 25-5 Saturday (14th), discus, 92-5 ,on Fri- day (fourth) and 93-10 Sat- urday (fourth); Anya Bright- ly - shot put, 22-0 Friday (14th) and 24-1 (second JV) Saturday, discus, 61- 10 Friday (15th)and 61- 3 Saturday (fifth JV); Ni- cole Emmett - shot put, 21-4 Friday (16th) and 20-7 Sat- urday (eighth JV), discus, 65-5 Friday (13th) and 63- 9 Saturday;, Jenny Long - shot put, 18-9 Friday (20th), discus, 58-3 Friday (16th); Krystina Croft - shot put, 16-4 Friday and 15-0 Sat- urday (12th JV), discus, 34-9 Friday and 37-3 Saturday (10th JV); Christina Bright- ly - shot put, 12-10 Friday, discus, 30-4 Friday and 30-1 Saturday (12th JV). The Lovell girls placed second at Riverside with 146 points behind Burlington with 161 points. Greybull was third with 100 points. The Lady Bulldogs then won the Powell meet with 120 points, beating Cody with 106.5 points, Powell with 88.5, Worland with 88 and Burlington with 62. "We're really proud of them," Koritnik said. 'Tqe're where we want to be. We just need to keep 'em healthy." ANDERSON SETS NEW PR On the boys side, Tyler Anderson continues to excel as a senior. One week after the thrower supreme set a personal record in the dis- cus with a throw of 173-3 at Wind River, he set a per- sonal mark in the shot put in Basin, tossing the shot 54- 11 to win the event. He then threw 53-1/2 on Saturday in Powell. Anderson didn't get off a great throw - for him - in the discus Friday, winning with a distance of 147 feet, but he was strong again Saturday, taking first with a throw of 169-1. "That shows he's getting some consistency," Koritnik said. "He's taking it to a new level and doing so consis- tently." Right behind Anderson was sophomore AJ Mon- tanez, who fmished second in the shot put Friday with a throw of 47-2 and third Saturday with a toss of 47-3. Montanez also placed second in the discus in Basin at 126- 2 and second in Powell at 137-2, his best throw of the season. "Those two guys seem to compete every weekend," Koritnik said of Anderson 00iiiiiiiiiiiiiii00iiiiiiiiiii!iiiiililili0000!0000!iii!ililili!!iiii:!00i: ' DAvm P.cK Lovell junior Karen Koritnik powers over a hurdle while setting a new school record in the 300-meter low hurdles Friday afternoon at the Riverside Invitational in Basin. and Montanez. Freshman Tanner Rohrer continued his im- provement in the throwing events, setting personal re- cords in both events Friday, then topping those throws on Saturday. Rohrer threw the shot 33-7 to place seventh Friday, then threw 34-4 Saturday to place fourth in the junior varsity division. "You like to see that im- provement in a young ath- lete," Koritnik noted. Other throwing results included: Jon Wakelin- shut put, 33-5 Friday (eighth) and 32-1/2 Saturday (15th), dis- cus, 95-2 Friday (ninth)and 104-1 Saturday (10th); Mark Grant - shot put, 32-8 Fri- day (llth) and 34-4 Sat- urday (12th), discus, 93-1 Friday (12th); Jake Wakelin - shot put, 23-6 Friday and 25-8 Saturday, discus, 63-0 Friday and 56-9 Saturday; Chris Smith - shot put, 19-5 Friday and 17-0 Saturday, discus, 33-0 Friday and 28-9 Saturday. Morgan Baxendale placed sixth in the high jump Friday at 5-2, then won the JV division Saturday, clear- ing 5-8, a personal record. "Morgan has great po- tential in this event," Korit- nik said. "I'm very impressed with how he has worked at correcting errors in his jump- ing technique and then goes out and competes on each jump." The Grant brothers, Kenny and Nathan, both set personal records in the pole vault Friday. Kenny vaulted 11-6 Friday to place second, then cleared 11 feet Satur- day to win the JV division. Nathan cleared 10 feet both days, placing sixth Friday and second in the JV divi- sion Saturday. Dino Collins also entered the vault Satur- day and placed fourth in the JV division at 9-6. LHS coaches named Kenny Grant as the athlete of the week, and Koritnik said the success the young vaulter is finding should keep him motivated to con- tinue to excel. In the jumps, senior Ben Long won the long jump Fri- day with a leap of 19-5, then placed fifth in the tri- ple jump Saturday at 38- 6. Freshman Cody Savage placed second in the long jump Friday in Basin, sail- ing a'personal-record 18-8, then placed fourth in the tri- ple jump Saturday in Powell at 39-2. Ryan Croft placed fourth in the long jump Fri- day at 17-11 and ninth Sat- urday at t%7, while Dimas Patina placed third in the long jump Friday at 16-2 and 13th Saturday at 15-2. Freshman Dylan Hult- gren placed third in the tri- ple jump Friday with a leap of 34-7, then placed third in the JV division Satur- day at 33,11. Hunter Hinck- ley placed fifth in the triple jump in Basin at 33-10. Na- than Ballard placed sixth in the triple jump Friday in Ba- sin at 33-9aA. Dino Collins finished 13th in the long jump Friday with a jump of 16-3/4 and was llth Saturday at 15- 10. Morgan Baxendale was 14th in the long jump at 15- 7 Friday, then improved to 16-2 Saturday, good for fourth in the JV division. Nathan Grant finished 15th in the long jump at 15-3 on Friday and was 17th in the JV long jump Saturday at 14-7. Other jumping results include: long jump - Nathan Ballard, 16-1 Saturday (sixth in JV); Hultgren, 14-9 satur- day, 14th in JV); McKayan May, 16-1/2 Saturday (10th JV). Triple jdmp - Nathan Grant, 31-6sA Friday (llth). RUNNING EVENTS The Lovell long-distance runners had a strong week at Basin and Powell. Soph- omore Colin May set a per- sonal record in the 1,600 meters and pre-qualified for State Saturday in Pow- ell with a winning time of 4:51.92, while Collin McAr- thur set a new PR Friday in Basin, placing second at 4:56, then lowered the time to 4:52.89 Saturday, fmish- ing just behind May. Ken- neth Moncur also ran a per- sonal-record time in Powell Saturday, placing fourth at 4:56.60. Jacob Mayes placed fifth at Basin Friday with a time of 6:10.26. May also won the 3,200 in Powell Saturday with a personal-record time of 10:49.38, and McArthur was third at 11:05.56, his best time of the season. Mon- cur set a personal record in the 3,200 Friday, placing third with a time of 11:05. He placed sixth Saturday at 11:33,30. "Colin is a legitimate, good high school distance runner," Koritnik said. "He understands how to run the races now. Caleb has done a good job coaching him. He's developing his strength and speed and can kick with peo- ple. C0llin.and K/fieth so tance rurineYs are p'form- ing very we]]." In the 800, May placed second Friday in Basin with a time of 2:14.55. Darren Ballard placed sixth in Ba- sin with a personal-record time of 2:26.16, then placed fourth in the JV 800 Satur- day with a time of 2:28.97. Dylan Hultgren ran the 800 in 2:29.55 Friday, good for eighth place'. Ryan Croft continued to run strong in the 400-meter dash, winning the event Fri- day with a time of 55.29. Ben Long then ran the 400 in Powell Saturday and placed fifth at 55.16. Mark Grant was seventh in Powell at 57.48, a personal record. Dimas Patina placed sixth Friday in the 200-me- ter dash with a time of 25.23, a personal record, and was 10th in the 100-meter dash at 12.28, also a PR. He fin- ished ninth in the JV 100 Saturday at 13.16. Nathan Grant ran the 100 in 13.31 Friday in Basin. The Lovell 1,600-meter relay team of Croft, Savage, Mark Grant and Long nearly qualified for State Saturday in Powell, placing third with a time of 3:42.02. A different crew - Nathan and Darren Ballard, Grant and Moncur placed fifth in Basin Friday at 4:10.34. The 400-meter relay quartet of Patina, Croft, Col- lins and Savage placed sec- ond in Basin at 47,54 and fifth in Powell at 48.09. The Bulldogs placed second in Basin with 147 points behind Burlington's 202. Both teams were well ahead of Greybull with 83 points and Ten Sleep with 65. Lovell was third in Pow- ell with 101 points behind Powell with 152 points and Cody with 112. Riverton was a sliver behind Lovell with 100 points, and Burlington had 74. HOME MEET The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will host the Lovell Invitational Saturday with field events beginning at 10 a.m. and running events at 11:30. Koritnik said he ex- pects a small field with many small schools attending the meet in Meeteetse Friday and larger schools going to Sheridan on Saturday.