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www.LovellChronicle.com May 19, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Lovell girls, boys thinclads dominate regional track meet BY DAVID PECK For the second straight year, the Lovell Lady Bull- dogs dominated the com- petition at the 2A West Regional Track Meet in Lander Friday and Satur- day, but this year they were joined on the awards stand by the Lovell boys, who also won their regional in con- vincing fashion. The Lovell girls topped the field with 170 points, beating second-place Wind River by 80 points. The Lovell boys racked up 150.5 points, beating second-place Big Piney by 47 points: "I don't think our coaches could be any more pleased with the way every- one performed," coach Joe Koritnik said. "It was a re- ally good effort, and every- one had a good attitude. We were really pleased." Twelve LHS girls will travel to Casper this week- end for the state track meet, and nine of the 12 qualified in multiple events, five of them in the maximum four events. Senior Karen Koritnik won three individual events in Lander and was a mem- ber of the record-shatter- ing 1,600-meter relay team along with Kim Shumway, Alyssa Geiser and Susie Shumway. Kim Shumway also won three individual events. Junior Susie Shumway won two events and placed second in a third event. Geiser and Chelsey Ellis qualified in three individu- al events. Perhaps the most im- pressive performance of the track meet came in the last event for the Lady Bulldogs as the quartet (in order of running) of Kim Shumway, Koritnik, Gei- ser and Susie Shumway smoked the four laps of the 1,600-meter relay in 4:08.33 to crush the opposi- tion and shatter their own school record of 4:13.49 set earlier this year, as well as the regional record of 4:15.10 set by Big Piney in 2002. The team won Satur- day's finale by 24 seconds over second-place Shoshoni and 30 seconds over third- place Big Piney. The time puts the Lady Bulldog foursome in posi- tion to challenge for the Class 2A state record of 4:07.61 set by Lingle-Ft. Laramie in 2008. "All along we've talked about them having the po- tential to run that kind of time, but the way we are having to use those four athletes, competing at the end of Saturday, especial- ly Kim (four events in one afternoon) and with the weather, we didn't think that kind of time was in the works." Kim Shumway got the record-breaking run off to a great start with a 60.7-second first lap, and after Karen Koritnik ran the second lap in 62.5 "it was on," Coach K said. Geiser ran her best leg of 64.8, and Susie Shumway "literally nailed it," Coach Koritnik said, with a 59.8 MASON FOWLER fourth leg. "It was quite an ef- fort by all four of them," Koritnik said. "It was fun to watch and capped off the meet. It got the boys (1,600-meter relay team) fired up, and they ran well and got qualified." Two other school re- cords were broken in Lander, both by Shum- way sisters. Junior Susie broke her own school re- cord in the 800 meters Fri- day, improving by 1/10th of a second to 2:20.76 and a regional title. Freshman Kim broke her own mark in the 400-meter dash pre- liminaries Friday by 3/10s of a second with a time of 57.97. She then won the fi- nals Saturday at 58.51. Kim Shumway's pre- liminary run in the 400 also broke the regional re- cord of 59.47 set in 2009 by Amber Henry of Mountain View. And not only did Kim Shumway break a school record in the 400, Susie Shumway ran a personal record and broke the one- minute barrier for the first time to place second on Saturday with a time of 59.92. The third Shumway sister, sophomore Amanda, qualifed for State in the 800 Friday with a time of 2:31.83, running the race for the first time this sea- son after her lower leg in- jury. Soreness prevented her from competing in the 1,600 on Saturday, how- ever. Kim Shumway also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.14 Satur- day after running 27.28 in the prelims on Friday. Gei- ser was fourth in the 200 Saturday with a time of 29 flat after running 28.51 in the prelims. Susie Shumway was strong in the- high jump Friday, winning the event with her best effort of the season at 5-2, tying for first with Sage Sanchez of Big Piney. Both jumpers tied the 2A regional record set by Madison Croft of Lovell in 2006. Karen Koritnik also had a busy and successful weekend. She won the long jump Friday with a jump of 16-10, and she came back Saturday morning to win the triple jump at 34- 10. Both distances are just slightly off her best marks of the season. She also qualified for the finals in the 300-meter hurdles Friday at 47.99, then ran well in the cold Saturday, smoking the course in 46.62 Saturday to win the event and set a new regional record, break- ing the mark of 46.80 set by Tori Runner of Saratoga in 2004. Koritnik finished her day as the second leg of the mile relay team. Coach Koritnik said Karen had been concen- trating on jumps, her up- coming events at the Uni- versity of Wyoming, this season, but she put more effort into the hurdles last week in practice and it paid off. "She wanted to make a run at that record and she ran a great race," he said. One of the pleasant surprises Saturday came in the 100-meter dash, where sophomore Kassidy Het- land won the sprint with a time of 13.90 (31.91 in pre- lims Friday). Chelsey El- lis placed seventh at 14.46 (13.96 in prelims). Sophomore Meryk McArthur qualified for State in two events, plac- ing fifth in the 3,200 me- ters Friday with a time of 13:52.46 and eighth in the 1,600 Saturday at 6:26.98. She also finished 14th in the 800 Friday at 2:56.64. The sprint relay (4x 100) team of Ellis, Hetland, Jodi Walker and Geiser had a solid performance Friday evening, placing second with a time of 53.75, hot on the heels of first-place Rocky Mountain (53.64). Walker, Ellis and Miranda Griffis quali- fied for State in two field events each. Walker came to Casper ready to jump and placed second in the triple jump with a season- best 33-10 and fourth in the long jump at 15-0, also a season best. Griffis threw well in Lander, placing third in the discus with a throw of 95-10 and fifth in the shot put with a personal-record toss of 31-3. Freshman Ka, tie Hoover was right be- hind her in the shot with a sixth-place throw of 30-1. Ellis placed eighth in both the long jump and tri- ple jump, sailing 14- in the long jump and 29-10 in the triple jump. Geiser was a strong third in the triple jump with a personal-re- cord jump of 32-5. Junior Schuylar Davis placed fifth in the discus to qualify for State with a throw of 92-9, Nicole Em- mett almost squeaked in, finishing ninth with a toss of 76 feet, a PR. Hoover was 14th at 68-6. Davis was close to qualifying for State in the shot put, finishing 10th at 28-3, and Mercedes Haney was 12th with a toss of 27- 8, a personal record. DEPTH PAYS OFF Team depth paid off for the Lovell Bulldogs as 16 boys qualified for State and scored points for the Bulldogs at the regional meet. Junior Collin McAr- thur will compete in four events at the state track meet, Cody Savage, Dino Collins and Kade Englert three each. "We had five region- al champions, and it was neat for the boys to take that step up from last year (second place a year ago)," Koritnik said. McArthur won the 800 meters Friday, running the open event for the first time this season with a time of 2:03.53. The versatile run- ner also placed third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:56.32 Saturday and placed third in the 3,200 Friday with a personal-re- cord time of 10:32.21. i: DAVID PECK Lovell sophomore Kassidy Hetland (right) turns on the afterburners to win the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Regional Track Meet in Lander. DAVm PECK Lovell High School placed three runners in the top six during the 1,600 meters Saturday in Lander. The strong "metric milers" are (I-r) Collin McArthur, Kenneth Moncur and Colin May. McArthur's win in the 800 meters Friday morn- ing set the stage for the boys' regional title, Korit- nik said, giving the team an early 10 points and cre- ating momentum for the team. "Collin ran a smart race," the coach said. "Some Wyoming Indian runners and a Wind River runner went out really fast and ev- eryone got caught up in it. But Collin held back and sensed that the pace was fast, and on the second lap the first runners started to tie up and he was the only one who had paced himself and had a kick. He powered past everyone. "That set the tone for the boys and got everyone pretty jazzed up." He also ran the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter re- lay Saturday morning. The quartet of Kenneth Man- cur, Darren Ballard, Ka- leb Leithead and McArthur placed second with a time of 8:56.99. Lovell distance runners claimed three of the top six spots in the 1,600 meters Saturday as junior Colin May finished just behind McArthur in fourth place with a time of 4:56.95 and senior Moncur placed sixth at 4:58.22. May also placed fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:04.35, and Ja- cob Beck placed eighth at 11:37.52. Brother Adam Beck just missed qualify- ing for State, placing ninth with a time of 11:42.07. Sophomore Nathan Ballard earned a trip to State in both hurdles raced on Saturday, first placing third in the ll0-meter high hurdles with a personal-re- cord time of 18.44 (18.77 in prelims), then later placing seventh in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 47.57 (46.42 in prelims, a PR). Rounding out the running qualifiers, the 1,600-meter relay team of Mark Grant, Savage, Dino Collins and Leithead placed second with a time of 3:41.01, a season best. Other running results include: 100m dash - Kyle Wilk- erson 10th, 12.54 (PR); 200m dash - Mark Grant ninth, 24.72, Dino Col- lins 12th, 24.97, Wilkerson See ILOVELL TRACKp' page 9 Golf report Bulldogs place second in statewide 'regional' tournament BY DAVID PECK The spring golf season ended on a high note for the Lovell High School golf team as the Bulldogs traveled to Wright for the Class 2A Re- gional Golf Tournament, which is essentially a spring version of the state golf tour- nament, coach Ben Fowler reported. The Lovell boys placed second, just behind Kem- merer, by only four strokes, Fowler said, despite playing with two freshmen and two juniors. "Kemmerer was the team to beat," he said. "It was quite a battle with us, Kemmerer and Moorcroft." Fowler said his team shot well despite the elements. "The weather was abso- lutely terrible," he said. 'Te had snow, wind and rain. It looked more like we were go- ing snowmobiling than golf- ing." The top fmisher for Lovell was junior Cody King, who shot rounds of 93 and 99 for a final score of 192. No Lovell golfer finished in the top 10, Fowler said, calling the second-place finish "a to- tal team effort." Junior Hunter Hinck- ley, a first-year golfer with only two tournaments under his belt, shot 96-98=194, fill- ing in well, Fowler said, for senior Jared Minchow, who could not attend the tourna- ment. "I was very proud of him for stepping in there," Fowl- er said, noting that the team normally consists of five play- ers with the top four scores counted but this time only four golfers could attend. Freshman Brandon Wolvington shot a score of 111 on the first day Friday, then improved to 95 on the second day for a final score of 206. Similarly, Chase Tip- petts shot 109 the first day and 99 the second for a score of 208. On the gifts side, senior Mason Fowler placed ninth overall with a score of 119- 120=235, which means she has placed in every culminat- ing event since her freshman  year - regional and state tournaments for four years. "That's quite an accom- plishment for her," Coach Fowler said. "I want to thank Mason and Jared for what they've done for the program. They've been dedicated to the team for four years." Junior Jordan Frost shot 131-138=269 for the Lady Bulldogs, and Fowler said she will step up as the team's number-one golfer next sea- son. Freshman Journee Bur- ton shot 165-160=325 with only one previous tourna- ment under her belt. "She got some great ex- perience," Fowler said, not- ing that her presence gave Lovell its first full girls team in a culminating tourna- ment. Fowler said he would like to thank the Foster Gulch golf course beard of directors for allowing the team to prac- tice and play on the course. I, ml[ lHilmmmiiim RmDE[ 00f[;l,itll00ill luat |i|ll[li|