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www. LovellChronicle.com May 13, 2010 The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Bulldogs fine tune events for Regional meet BY DAVID PECK As the name implies, coaches use the Thermopo- lis Pre-Regional to put all of the pieces of the puzzle in place before heading off to their respective regional track meets the following week, and the Lovell coach- es did just that Friday in Thermop - finding plenty of success along the way. Lovell coaches chose the Thermopolis meet over a meet in Cody due to the prospects of better weather, coach Joe Koritnik said. "The good thing about the meet is you put every- one where they're going to compete at Regionals," Koritnik said. "It's a good tune-up for Regionals. We had some good performanc- es, and the weather ended up being pretty nice, which is what we hoped when we switched meets. That venue gave us the best opportuni- ty to compete, and it made sense to compete against 2A teams." Lovell won the girls title Friday, out-scoring a strong Thermopolis Lady Bobcat team, 147.5-136.5. Mee- teetse was third with 48.5 points, Big Piney fourth with 47 points and Kem- merer fifth with 44. The Lovell boys finished a strong second to Wind River, 127-113.33, but that was without points earned by AJ Montanez, who fin- ished second in the shot put and third in the discus but whose points were not recorded. Big Piney was third with 80 points, Wyo- ming Indian fourth with 59 points and Dubois fifth with 57.7 points. Another school record went down Friday as the girls 1,600-meter relay team bested the school mark that had stood since 1989. Korit- nik said c0aches :changed the order of the event since Amanda Shumway had just run the 800 meters. Mykel Anderson - a good runner from an even start, Korit- nik said - ran the first leg, Katie Walker the second, Amanda Shumway the third and Susie Shumway the anchor leg. The Lovell quartet ran a time of 4:16.47 to win, beat- ing the record of 4:17.28 set by Adrienne Prosser, Cathy Chidsey, Susan Emmett and Jodi Somer in 1989. Koritnik said strong competition from the Ther- mop team helped spur the team to the school record. Anderson got the Lady Bulldogs off to a strong start, but the Lady Bobcats had the lead after two laps. Amanda Shumway then "reeled in" the Thermop runner on lap three and Su- sie Shumway finished the job, out-running the Lady Bobcat anchor down the fi- nal straightaway to win. "That's what you want to know," Koritnik said. "They were tough. Every one of them (the Lady Bull- dogs) competed extreme- ly well. What a great race! Thermop deserves credit for being in there and pushing them." Coaches named Ander- son, Walker and the Shum- way sisters as the LHS fe- male athletes of the week. Also running strong, Ko- ritnik said, was the sprint relay team of Chelsey Ellis, Karen Koritnik, Anderson and Alyssa Geiser, which placed second behind Ther- mop with a time of 52.66. "That was a good time. Thermop had a good team," Coach Koritnik said. "Chelsey and Alyssa ran the 4x8 (relay) about a half an hour prior to the race and neither one looked as fast as they usually are. I was pleased with the time. Thermop ran under 52, which is good. Our goal at Regionals and State is to run under 52." Love!l put together a girls 3,200-meter relay team for the first time this season, and the foursome of Geiser, Ellis, Megan Mc- Clure and Meryk Mckrthur ran a solid time of 11:29.42, placing third. Koritnik said McClure ran so well that he might enter her in the open 800 at Regionals, he said. McArthur won the open 3,200 meters and pre-quali- fled for State with a person- hi-record time of 13:05.72. "A Wyoming Indian girl (Shaylee White) hung with her for half the race, but she gradually pulled away. She ran a good time," Korit- nik said. Sisters Susie and Amamda Shumway ran one-two in the 800 meters, and both ran their best times of the season. Susie won with a time of 2:26.92, and Amanda was right on her heels at 2:27.33. "They ran together the whole way, and Susie held Amanda off at the end," Ko- ritnik said. "It was a good race between the two of them." Mykel Anderson ran the 400-meter dash for the first time this season and won with a time of 1:04.18. Nicole Emmett ran 1:19.53, a personal record. 'TCe've talked about us- ing Mykie in different plac- es," Koritnik said. "We felt the 400 was a good event for Regionals and State. Mykel had a real good meet with the two relays, the 400 and the pole vault. She's in a frame of mind where she competes well and is posi- tive." Karen Koritnik won the 300-meter low hurdles for the fourth consecutive race, this time at 47.13, but Coach K said Thermop of- ficials left off one flight of hurdles going into the turn. In the sprints, Geiser placed fifth in the 200-me- ter dash with a time of 29.12, while Stephanie Green placed eighth in both the 100 and 200, running a time of 14.32 in the 100 and 29.86 in the 200. Kassidy Hetland finished 12  in the 200 at 30.42 and 14 a in the 100 at 14.69. In field events, Ander- son won the pole vault by clearing 9 feet, and Susie Shumway won the high 12  in the long jump at 13- 9sA. In the throws, Miran- da Griffis placed third in the discus with a throw of 96-3, and Schuylar Da- vis placed fourth at 90-2. Griffis finished ninth in the shot put at 26-9, and Da- vis was 14 th at 24-6, Erin Robertson 16  at 23-8. BOYS RESULTS Southern Utah Univer- sity-bound Tyler Anderson won both the shot put with a throw of 55-1 and the dis- cus at 157-6. AJ Montanez, though his points were not recorded, placed second in the shot at 46-3 and third in the discus at 136-6. Tan- ner Rohrer was 11  in the discus with a toss of 107-1, Jon Wakelin 17  at 94-10. Wakelin threw the shot 31- 7. Kenny Grant placed third in the pole vault, clearing 10-6, and Nathan Grant was seventh at 10-0. Morgan Baxendale cleared 5-4 in the high jump. Jumpers performed well. Freshman Cody Sav- age won the triple jump with a personal-record leap of 40-3 and was second in the long jump at 19-3, also a PR. Senior Ben Long placed third in the long jump at 19-1, and Ryan Croft was fifth with a personal-record jump of 18-5. Dino Collins was 12  at 17-9. Long placed second in the triple jump at 38-5, and Baxendale was sixth at 35-93/, Nathan Ballard eighth at 35-2. In running events, sophomore Collin McArthur won male athlete of the week honors by earning a personal record in the 3,200 meters, placing fourth with a time of 10:45.83 and pre- qualifying for State. Ken- jump, clearing 5 feet. neth M0ncur placed sixth Koritnik won both the with a time of 11:05.62 , long jump at 16-10 and the triple jump at 33-5. Ka- tie Walker placed fourth in the long jump at 15-1V2 and tied sister Jodi for third in the triple jump, both sailing 32-3sA. Jodi placed seventh in the long jump at 14-10, and Green was eighth in the triple jump at 30-10s. Chelsey Ellis finished right at his PR, Adam Beck 10  at 11:42.29 and Jacob Mayes 15  at 14:15.28. Colin May placed fourth in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:54.53, and Jacob Beck was 14 th at 5:32.78. One of the amazing per- formances of the day, Korit- nik said, came from junior See 'LHS,' page 12 Lovell junior Darren Ballard keeps the pace during the 3,200-meter relay at the Lovell Track Meet recently. Ballard ran a personal record in the 800 meters Friday in Thermopolis. Grizz tune up at Thermop, work toward Regionals BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies tuned up for this week's 2A West Regional Track Meet by attending the Thermopolis Pre-Re- gional event in Thermop, and Coach Dave Beemer said the meet was a good opportunity to see most of the western teams and fill in events heading into Re- gionals. "It was a pretty stiff meet, with Kemmerer and Rawlins there," Beemer said. "Everyone in our con- ference was there except Saratoga. We're looking at trying to gauge how to get some more kids to State." The meet helped Rocky Mountain coaches discover some new things about cer- tain athletes as the region- al meet approaches, Beem- er said. "Rachael (Allred) ran the two-mile pretty well and has a good chance to place at Regionals," he said. The freshman ran the 3,200 meters in 14:21.50 to place fourth. Another revelation, Beemer said, was how well sophomore Caitlyn Soren- son ran as a member of the 3,200-meter relay team. Theteam placed fifth with a time of 11:43.11, and Soren- son ran a personal-record split of 2:55, the coach said. Also running were Leslie Blackburn, Allred, and Bri- anna Hocker. Lauren Peterson placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:44.23 and can run even faster, Beem- er said. Peterson also ran the 400-meter dash for the first time this season and placed seventh with a time of 1:07.73. Hannah Parker ran 1:21.66. Beemer said Blackburn may add the open 400 to her repertoire at Regionals. Kallee Hernandez placed seventh in the 200-meter dash, cover- ing the half lap in 29.72. Hocker ran 33.75. Beem- er said Hernandez's pulled quad appears to be healed and that she might run the 100meter intermediate hurdles with Kim Beard, who finished 10 th Friday at 20.79. Melissa Iverson ran the 100-meter dash in 15.87, Beard 16.29 and Kellie Schmidt 17.00. In field events, Black- burn placed second in the high jump, clearing 4-10, and Hernandez placed fifth in the triple jump at 31-7. Iverson fmished 16  at 27- 33A. Ashley Bridges threw a personal-record 21-6 in the shot put and threw 55- 10 in the discus. Hocker jumped 10-11 in the long jump. The Rocky Mountain girls placed ninth Friday with 30 team points, ahead of Shoshoni, Wyoming Indi- an and Ten Sleep and just one point behind Greybull. In the boys' division, senior Jeff Sanders placed fourth in the discus with a personal-record throw of 126-9. Travis Hatch threw 72-11. "We've been waiting for that," Beemer said. "He's thrown 130 feet in prac- tice." Senior KJ Blackburn finished 11  in the shot put with a throw of 38-23/. "KJ is on the bubble," Beemer said of his state track meet prospects. "He's in there if he throws in the 39s." Another athlete on the bubble is Bruce Ward, Beemer said, who cleared 5 feet in the high jump and could advance to State if he jumps 5-2 or 5-4. Sanders threw 36-2 in the shot put, Hatch 29-1/2. In running events, freshman Michael Bernhis- el set a new personal record in the 3,200 meters and placed eighth with a time of 11:17.67. "Michael ran the two- mile pretty darn good," Beemer noted. Bernhisel also finished l0 b in the 1,600 meters at 5:24.05. Brady Win]and finished 16  in the 400-meter dash with a personal-record time of 57.85, and Austin Bro- st ran the 400 in 1:00.29, Bryce Ward 1:00.79. Derik Romero finished 14  in the 100-meter dash at 12.57, and Caleb Estes ran 12.86, Dalton Banks 13.17. In the 200, Estes ran 26.55, Banks 27.43. The Grizzlies placed 11  in Thermopolis with 6 team points. REGIONAL TRACK The 1A-2A West Re- gional Track Meet starts Friday, May 14, in Lander with field events at 11 a.m. Running events begin at 12:45 p.m. with the 800-me- ter finals. On Saturday, the meet continues with field events at 9 a.m. and running events at 11. DAVID CK OT Rocky Mountain sophomore Caitlyn Sorenson glides around the corner in the 3,200-meter relay April 24 in Lovell. Sorenson ran a strong leg of the race Friday in Thermopolis. Rocky Mountain freshman Michael Bernhisel works hard during the 1,600 meters at the Cody Track Meet earlier this season. Bernhisel and his teammates will compete at the Regional Track Meet in Lander this weekend.