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10 The Lovell Chronicle I May 26, 2011 www.LovellChronicle.com Karen Koritnik, Sr. First Long jump, 17-10 - Kim Shumway, Fr. First 200m dash, 26.35, 400m dash, 59.40: &apos; First t ;600 meters, 5:43.18 pe/,onal record First 1,600m m!ay, 4'.08:69 Susie Shumway, Jr. First 800 meters, 2:25.52 First 4:08.69 400m dash, 1:01:08 Third high jump, 4-10 Th iiii!iiil,ii!ili!iiiiiiii iiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiili The Lovell Lady Bulldogs won their second consecutive state track and field title over the weekend thanks to some impressive performances. Here's a look at how the Lady Bulldogs scored their championship points: :0000iiii!!!iii!i00iii<i?ili!0000 Jr. y, 4:08.69 400m relay, 54.09 Lady Bulldogs swamp the field in Casper to win state track ,title BY DAVID PECK They did it again! Depth, determina- tion and talent paid off for the Lovell Lady Bulldogs for the second straight season as they ran away from the pack in Casper to win the Class 2A State Track Meet in deci- sive fashion. Conditions at Casper Kelly Walsh High School were horrible for all three days of competition - snowy, cold and wet on Thursday and rainy, cold and windy Fri- day and Saturday - but several Lovell ath- letes eclipsed their personal records, broke school records or even broke a state record as the Lady Bulldogs rose to the occasion in a big way. Lovell topped second-place Lusk by 46 points, racking up 116 points to 70 for Lusk, 69 for third-place Burns, 63 for Pine Bluffs and 50 for Sundance. Eight Lady Bulldogs placed in Casper, and the Lady Bulldogs won eight individu- al titles and one relay. "We have really good kids right now," coach Joe Koritnik said. "They have talent and they have a good attitude. They come to practice and work hard, and that's re- flected in their individual performances, which ultimately results m a good team ef- fort. "We also have good coaches. Caleb and Josh (Sanders) and Chad (Lindsay) push them to work toward their potential and to compete at a high level. And the kind of kids we have (is a factor). They are self-mo- tivated. Some of it is coaching and some of it is intrinsic - their drive and competitive nature." Karen Koritnik, the lone senior compet- ing at State for the Lady Bulldogs, agreed with her father. "We have good athletes," she said, "but not only are they good athletes, they are competitive. They really, really want to win. They knowwhat it takes to win." Coach Koritnik, who is turning over the reins of the program to Joshua Sand- ers in order to focus on his athletic director duties next season, said the future is bright for Lovell track. "Definitely, the program is competing at a high level, and I think that's going to continue," he said. "The talent is there." Two athletes were simply amazing in Casper. Karen Koritnik and freshman Kim Shumway each won three individual titles and were members of the first-place 1,600-meter relay team along with juniors Alyssa Geiser and Susie Shumway. Su- sie Shumway won a first-place individual medal, as well. Koritnik finished her LHS career in style, breaking the state record in the long jump and the school record in the long jump and triple jump. She also sailed to victory in the 300-meter low hurdles and was a DAVID PECK LoveU junior Jodi Walker lands in the pit during the triple-jump competition Friday morning at the State Track Meet in Casper. Walker placed fourth with her season-best jump. member of the winning 4x4 relay. "I have great praise for Karen," Coach K said, "to be where she was in the long jump last year (falling -inch short of the state record) and knowing that her goal was to come back and get the state record, then seeing the conditions Thursday morn- ing that were not conducive to jumping well, let alone break a 19-year record. She has such great determination and is such a great competitor." Karen was named the Wyoming Coach- es Association Outstanding Female Track and Field Athlete for Class 2A and she was the runner-up in all four of her events in the all-class best-of-the-best tally. "She just had an outstanding meet," Coach K said. "What a great way for Kar- en to cap off her career at Lovell High School." "When I come into a competition like State, I get the mind set and focus on what I have to do," Karen said. "I try to keep a positive mind set and stay confident. The weather was bad that day (Thursday), but I wasn't going to let that stop me from get- ting my record." Kim Shumway was equally impressive, running and winning four consecutive rac- es Saturday afternoon: the 400-meter dash, the 1,600 meters, the 200-meter dash and the first leg of the 1,600-meter relay. "The sprints were pretty quality ef- forts," Koritnik said. "The mile was a bit more challenging for her. It was definitely quite an effort on her part, especially as a freshman." Susie Shumway won the 800 meters going away, placed a strong second to Kim in the 400-meter dash, placed third in the high jump and ran the anchor leg of the 4x4 relay. Griffis shattered her own school record in the discus and placed third. Junior Jodi Walker placed third in the long jump and fourth in the triple, while the quartet of Chelsey Ellis, Kassidy Het- land, Walker and Geiser placed fourth in the 400-meter relay. STRONG START On a snowy, wet, frigid day, Griffis was competitive in tle shot put Thursday, fin- ishing 10 th with a throw of 30-113A, while Meryk McArthur was solid in the 3,200 me- ters, finishing 12 th with a time of 14:10.23. Then along came the long jump and with it the first points of the track meet for the Lady Bulldogs as Koritnik placed first, Walker third. Koritnik broke her own school record of 17-83A set last year and the state record of 17-8 set by Lovell's Adri- enne Prosser in 1992 with a winning leap of 17-10. Walker placed third with a sea- son-best jump of 15-73A. Coach Koritnik said the record-break- ing jump was Karen's second of the long- jump competition. "She scratched a little bit on the first one," he said. "She moved back because she wanted to make sure she got a good jump in and she just hit it." "I moved back probably an entire foot to be safe," Karen said. "It was a big jump. I definitely didn't want to scratch two times in a row. I wasn't even on the board really. It was probably well over 18 feet total." Kim Shumway qualified for finals in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.92, the top time in the preliminaries. Geiser almost made the finals, finishing 10  in 29.05. GAINS ON FRIDAY Jumping events continued Friday morning, and Koritnik was strong once again, winning the triple jump with a leap of 36-3 , topping Prosser's school record of 35-10 set in 1992. Walker was fourth with a season-best leap of 34-23A. "Jodi did a good job from where she's been this season," Coach Koritnik said. "She rose to the occasion and got some sol- id jumps." Geiser finished 12 th in the triple jump with a jump of 31-, Ellis 13 th at 30-3. The first running event of the day was the 800 meters, and Susie Shumway took an early lead and never looked back, win- ning by five seconds with a time of 2:25.52. Still hampered by a leg injury, Aman- da Shumway finished 15 th with a time of 2:41.36. "That was nice for her. She dominated that event at the 2A level this year," Korit- nik said. "She also ran well in the 400? In the 100-meter trials, Hetland fin- ished 11 th with a time of 13.65 and Ellis was 12 th at 13.72, a personal record. Koritnik qualified for the finals in the 300-meter low hurdles, finishing with the best time in the prelims at 46.62. Lovell's next points came in the dis- cus Friday afternoon when Griffis shat- tered her own school record of 106-11 set at the Worland meet with a throw of 112-7, good for third place. Schuylar Davis near- ly placed, finishing 10  with a toss of 98-7, her best throw of the season. "Miranda just keeps improving," Korit- nik said. "Going in, on paper, she was sit- ting ninth or 10 m, but she competed well and got third. Hats offto her." Meanwhile, the Lovell 400-meter relay team of Ellis, Hetland, Walker and Geiser placed fourth with a time of 54.09. The Shumway sisters, Kim and Susie, qualified first and second in the 400-me- ter dash to wrap up the day with times of 1:01.03 and 1:01.19, respectively. SUPER SATURDAY An amazing Saturday run for the Lady Bulldogs began with the high jump on a wet runway as Susie Shumway finished third with a jump of 4-10 - a solid jump but be- low her season best jump of 5-2 performed the previous weekend at the regional meet See 'SUPER SATURDAY,' page 11