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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I May 17, 2012 DAVID PECK Performing in the final meet of her career, Rocky Mountain senior Ashley Bridges flings the shot during the 2A West Regional Track Meet Saturday in Riverton. At the left, sprinters Austin Brost (left) and Cannon Simmons (right) near the finish line in the 100-meter dash with a Big Piney runner. Young Grizzlies qualify nine for State BY DAVID PECK There are nine athletes Trom Rocky Mountain High School heading to the state track meet in Casper this week, and for a very young RMHS squad, that's a good showing, coach Dave Beem- er said Monday, speaking ,after Friday and Saturday's 2A West Regional in River- ton. "I never dreamed at the beginning of the year that we'd get nine kids to State," Beemer said. "That's about as good as we could have ex- pected. The competition (in Riverton) was darn tough, ];00." Four freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and two seniors will travel to the state track meet, six boys and three girls. One of the highlights from the weekend's action was the performance of s: nior Austin Brost in the sprints, Beemer said. Brost placed fifth in the 100-me- ter dash with a time of 12.24 after running 12.17 in the preliminaries on Fri- day. He also placed seventh in the 200-meter dash at 25.18 after running 24.96 in prelims. Freshman Cannon Sim- mons will join Brost in the 100 meters in Casper after placing seventh Saturday with a time of 12.54 (12.18 in prelims). Both senior Derik Rome- ro (12.24) and sophomore Joey Jewell (12.27) barely missed qualifying for finals in the 100, and likewise, ju- nior Bryce Ward failed to reach the top eight in the 200 by just 7/100ths of a sec- ond and would have quali- fied in seventh place if he has just run 1/10th of a sec- ond faster, Beemer noted. Ward did qualify for State in the 400-meter dash, cing'elghth with a:le fb' 55.67, andin both hur- dles races. The junior placed sixth in the 300-meter inter- mediate hurdles with a time of 44.95 after running a per- sonal record 44.65 in the prelims and he placed sev- enth in the ll0-meter high hurdles at 18.40. The 400-meter relay team of Jewell, Simmons, Kirby Winland and Romero placed sixth with a time of 48.56, a second and a half slower than the team's best time this season. "They botched two of the three handoffs," Beem- er said. "If they had hit their handoffs, they could have run in the 46s, and that would have gotten them third or fourth." In field events, Beemer said he was pleased with the progress made by fresh- man Kirby Winland, who eclipsed his personal record by six inches, placing fourth at 5-10. ! !: He!ot  confident and away > h went,- Beemer 'Said. "it all came together for him. He got his timing down and jumped six inch- es higher than he has all year." Joey Jewell placed sev- enth in the high jump, clearing 5-8. He also placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 19-3 , which is about 10 inches off his per- sonal record. "We had trouble getting him on his mark," Beemer said. "His steps were off. If we can get him on the board, he should place (at State) in that." Winland placed sixth in the triple jump, leaping 37- 6. Other boys results in- cluded: 400m dash - Jake Loyning 22nd, 59.27, Ca- leb Horrocks 24th, 1:01.31, Brady Winland 27th, 1:02.19; 800m - Horrocks 14th 2:19.94, Winland :17I  2:21.7:. lng i9th( i 2:27.8 !,600m : Casey Banks 16th, 5130.17; 3,200m - Banks llth, 11:52.10; long jump - Can- non Simmons 15th, 16-7; shot put - Chase Aagard 21st, 31-5; discus- Aagard 18th, 99-1. GIRLS RESULTS Haley Strom and Mi- kaela Hocker will both compete in the state track meet after qualifying in best but out of the running for a state berth. Only the top four relay teams qualify for State. "They hit their handoffs and ran a pretty good race. The just didn't have enough speed," Beemer said. Also qualifying for State was freshman Jenni- the 100-meter intermediate fer Parker, who placed fifth hurdles. Hocker placed fifth with a time of 18.22, and Strom just missed placing in the event with a time of 19.15 after hitting several hurdles with her trail leg. But she had already pre- qualified for State and will compete in Casper. Both barely missed placing in the 300-meter low hurdles. Strom finished 10th with a personal-record time of 54.36, and Hocker was llth at 54.44. The 400-meter . relay teaiTi ?0f 'Str0m, Hocker, Haley Stauffer and Sydney Tyacke finished sixth with a time of 57.64, a season in the shot put with a per- sonal-record throw of 30-1. Other girls results in- cluded: Long jump - Sydney Tyacke 13th, 12-5; triple jump - Brianna Hocker 13th, 28-7; shot put - Al- ana Senn 21st, 22-1, Ashley Bridges 23rd, 21-9; discus - Senn 12th, 76-5, Bridg- es 15th, 72-7 (PR), Jennifer Parker 21st, 57-5. The state track meet begins today (Thursday) in Caser at Casper Kelly Ws-il/XSchob: ' ACOi begins aVL .m. todayiaffd continues ate'9 a.m. FHday and Saturday. LHS TRACK 10th in prelims, 14.37; 200m dash - Ameesha An- derson 10th in prelims, 30.04; 400m dash - Han- nah McCurley 13th in pre- lims, 1:17.46; 100m hur- dles - Chelby Lewis 10th n prelims, 19.22, Stepha- ie Allred 18th in prelims, 23.57; long jump - Haney 12th, 12-103A; shot put - Katie Hoover 13th, 27-1; discus - Samantha Stevens 17th, 61-9. BOYS NUMEROUS AND DEEP .. Coaches named Dino Collins as the male athlete of the week. The junior won the 110-meter high hurdles and placed in the long jump and triple jump. "That kid had a really good meet," Sanders said. "I think he surprised some people by winning the hur- dles. He even surprised us a little bit. He's only been working on it half of the year. "He has good speed, but it's his power going over the hurdles. That's one of the areas we need. Nathan Ballard moved up, too." Collins won the 110 hurdles with a personal-re- cord time of 16.67 seconds, and Ballard placed sixth at 18.19. Cade Bischoff just missed qualifying for State, finishing ninth in :the prelims with a time of :19.10. Collins also placed :third in the triple jump with a personal-record jump of 41- and fourth in :the long jump at 19-6. Sanders was pleased to see three triple-jumpers go over 41 feet in River- ton. Savage won the meet :at 42-6, Morgan Baxendale placed second with a per- sonal-record 41-3, Collins third. Austin Ellis placed seventh at 37-5. "That's something we wanted both Morgan and Dino to do, get over 41 feet in the triple jump," Sand- continued from page 9 ers said. "That will be re- ally important for us at State." Savage placed fifth in the long jump at 19-5 3A, Colin May seventh at 19-3 and Calin McArthur ninth at 18-3/L High-jumpers also did very well, Sanders noted, with both Baxendale and Kade Englert clearing 6 feet, both personal records, with Baxendale second and Englert third based on misses. "That was really nice for both of those guys," Sanders said. "They've re- ally been working hard on it." Bischoff was eighth at 5-6. Englert also set a per- sonal record in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet to place second behind team- mate Nathan Grant, who won the vault at 12-6, also a PR. Three Bulldog throw- ers set personal records in the shot put. Tanner Rohrer threw 45-5 to place third behind teammate AJ Montanez, who won the event at 51-4, and Alex Connour went 35-5 (12th), Jacob Price 35-1 (13th). Montanez also placed a strong second in the discus with a throw of 150-1, just 5 inches behind Brynnt Wood of Riverside. Rohrer was third at 135-4, Sav- age sixth at 122-6/, a per- sonal record. Daniel Strom was just nine inches from qualifying for state, plac- ing ninth with a personal- record throw of 120-3. Senior Collin McAr- thur had an outstanding Regional, winning three events and helping a re- lay team qualify. McAr- thur won the 800 meters with a time of 2:02.96, set a new personal record in the 1,600 to win at 4:37.09 and won the 3,200 at 10:19.72. McArthur also ran the anchor leg of the 3,200-me- ter relay team, which placed third with a season- best time of 8:59.54 and also included Adam and Ja- cob Beck and Dylan Hult- gren. Sanders said coach- es will substitute Hyrum Hopkin for McArthur at State to give him time to prepare for and recover from his other events. McArthur has been knocking on the door Of three school records and will be pushed at State by Pine Bluffs senior Alejan- dro Garcia. "It's going to be a race, and that's what Collin needs," Sanders said. "He may have to get school re- cords in all three events to win them at State." Also running Lovell's best time of the year was the 1,600-meter relay team of Calin McArthur, Sav- age, Mark Grant and Aus- tin Ellis, who ran a time of 3:38.91 to place second. The quartet of Cade Bischoff, Hultgren, Hop- kin and Mark Grant placed fourth in the 400-meter re- lay with a time of 47.15. Senior Mark Grant had a strong meet for the Bull- dogs. He ran the 100-meter dash for the first time this season and placed fourth with a time of 11.94. He also placed third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 43.87 after run- ning 43.52 in. the prelims. Nathan Grant placed fifth in the 300 hurdles at 44.27 (44.15 in prelims), and McKayan May qualified for State as a senior, placing seventh at 45.09 (44.39 in prelims). Freshman AJ Dickson had a strong meet in the distance events, placing eighth in the 1,600 and set- ting a personal record by a full 10 seconds with a time of 4:59.43 and seventh in the 3,200 meters 11:22.03. Also strong was se- nior Colin May, who placed fourth in the 3,200 with a personal-record time of 10:40.84. May fin- ished 10th in the 1,600 at 5:15.77 but already had pre-qualified for State in the event. Ellis placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.57. Adam Beck won 'his heat in the 800-meter pre- lims but missed the finals by just one second. Sand- ers said if he had been in a faster heat he likely would have qualified for the fi- nals. Other boys results in- cluded: 100m dash - Cade Bischoff 14th in prelims, DAVID PECK Eighth graders Jackie Caldwell and Charri McArthur placed third and sixth in the 1,600 meter run on Tuesday in Lander. 12.43, Michael Bright- LMS track team competes ly 19th in prelims, 12.89, at bestofthebest BY DAVID PECK Though they were un- able to attend the confer- ence track meet after rain forced the meet to be re- scheduled, the Lovell Mid- dle School track and field program was able to send a few athletes to a best-of- the-best meet in Lander on May 8, coach Stan Hedges announced this week. Brandon Teter placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 35-1, first in the high jump by clearing 5-3 and second in the discus with a throw of 111-5. Tyler Teter placed third in the discus with a toss of 102-10, sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.95 and second in the 200-meter dash at 26.34. Kaleb Mayes placed first in the 800 meters with a time of 2:20.12, Emily Snell placed third in the long jump at 13-7, Jackie Caldwell placed third in the 1,600 at 5:58.62 and Charri McAr- thur placed sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 6:09.84. Other athletes who competed at the event were Savanna Savage, Madi- son Harper, Nik Haskell, Jazmyn See, Trysa Flood and Caitlyn Lundberg. "These athletes had to show throughout the year that they could compete with the best Wyoming has to offer," Hedges said. "All the Lovell Middle School track kids did an outstand- ing job this year in their work ethic and determina- tion to improve each week. They represented Lovell well both on and off the track, and it was a pleasure to coach them. "Alongside me were April Nicholls and Chris Edwards, who gave more than required of them. I feel the coaching staff and their expectations of the kids is what led to a successful 2012 track season. Thanks to Sherie Monk and Kim Bernstein for their sup- port in what we wanted to accomplish. Thanks to the parents and all the people who helped out with our home track meet, as well." Aaron Monterde 25th in prelims, 13.85; 200m dash - Hyrum Hopkin 13th in prelims, 25.95 (PR), Zeke Collins 18th in prelims, 26.71 (PR); 400m dash - Dino Collins ninth in pre- lims, 56.40, Calin McAr- thur 16th in prelims, 57.77, Brightly 18th in prelims, 58.36 (PR); 800m - Jacob Beck 13th, 2:19.02, Mysen McArthur 21st, 2:29.94; 1,600m - Michael Stein- er 20th, 5:56.36; 3,200m - Steiner 14th, 13:22.33 (PR); ll0m hurdles - Der- ek Phelps 12th in prelims, 20.53; 300m hurdles- Adam Beck 12th in prelins, 46.36. STATE TRACK MEET The state track meet starts today (Thursday) and continues Friday and Saturday at Casper Kelly Walsh High School. Action begins today at 11 a.m. and continues Friday and Sat- urday at 9 a.m. The 2A East Regional champions coming in are the Burns girls and the Saratoga boys. The Lovell girls will be seeking their third consec- utive state title.