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www. LovellChronicle.com May 26, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 *" DAVID PECK Lovelljunior Morgan Baxendale reaches for the pit in the triple-jump competition Friday afternoon in Casper. Baxendale placed seventh with a personal-record jump of 40-9. State Track Meet DAVID PECK Lovell junior Collin McArthur came into his own this season, placing in three events at the State Track Meet over the weekend. Here, he legs out the final stretch of the 800 meters Friday to place fourth. Bulldogs battle for the top, place a strong third BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs made a strong run at the Class 2A boys state title over the weekend in Casper, nearly reaching the top with some outstanding performances before finishing a strong third. Lovell brought home three individual titles and recorded five personal records on a cold,, wet;and"Windy weekend at Har- ry Geldien Stadium. The Bulldogs were in contention for the title throughout the meet and eventually finished third behind cham- pion Pine Bluffs (93 points) and runner-up Lusk (80). Lovell tallied 78.5 points for third, ahead of fourth-place Tongue River (63 points) and fifth-place Big Horn (55). Junior thrower AJ Montanez was out- standing in Casper, fighting off a challenge fromregional champion Sam Middlestadt of Wind River to win the shot put Friday by 5 inches with a throw of 49-103A, then staving off a challenge from Riverside ju- nior Brynnt Wood Saturday to win the dis- cus with a personal-record throw of 161-8, throwing nearly nine feet further than his previous PR and more than 16 feet further than his winning throw in Lander a week earlier. In the shot put Friday, Montanez fought off Middlestadt and others on a rot- ten morning. "Middlestadt was the highest seed go- ing in from Regionals and had the highest mark in 2A," LHS throwing coach Chad Lindsay said. He said Montanez was press- ing and didn't throw well early but then he relaxed and "put one together" for the near- ly 50-foot throw, and that seemed to put pressure on the rest of the field, and they were never able to top the Lovell junior. "With the weather conditions the way they were, it's sometimes about getting the job done, not getting personal records or season bests," Lindsay said. "AJ rolled up his sleeves. The conditions were not good, but a state title was on the line." In the discus, Montanez's first throw was just out of bounds but was proba- bly longer than his winning throw, Lind- say said. His second throw went 157 feet, and Lindsay said he probably had the title wrapped up at that point but then threw 161 feet to increase his lead. Lindsay said he loved Montanez's consistency. "All four of his legal throws were well above his personal record," Lindsay said. "His shortest one was five feet above his PR." Coach Joe Koritnik said Montanez has the ability to focus on the task at hand dur- ing competition. "He takes it very seriously. He is pre- pared mentally and gets himself ready to compete," Koritnik said. "When he steps in the ring he's ready to give it his best ef- fort. "I'm happy for him to win both events. It keeps Lovell's throwing dynasty going. And it's not just the talent of the kids but the coaching they get from Chad. They work hard and take track very seriously. It's nice to see those kids rewarded at the end. They deserve it." Lindsay was happy, too, that Mon- tanez's efforts were rewarded. "It's like all of the physical preparation and the mental preparation and the hard knocks le's experienced all came to a head in the end," he said. "AJ was so focused and so composed and so physically ready to per- form in the end." Tanner Rohrer finished just out of the top eight in the discus Saturday with a toss of 122-5, a strong effort for the sophomore. Cody Savage also had a strong meet. The sophomore placed third in the long jump Thursday with a season-best jump of 19-11, then came back Friday to win the triple jump, eclipsing two late best-of-the- day jumps by Tim Benedict of Wright and Brandon Foster of Rocky Mountain to win with a personal-record leap of 43-8. "Cody stepped up. That's the mark of a champion," Koritnik said. "He did what it took to win. He has won it two years in a row and is in line to do something few kids do - win the same event all four years." Junior Morgan Baxendale placed sev- enth in the triple jump with a personal- record jump of 40-9, and Dino Collins was llth at 39-9. Freshman Kade Englert placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 18-93A Thurs- day, and Collins was 14th at 17-103A. Neither Baxendale nor Englert made opening height in the high jump Thurs- day, but senior Kenny Grant closed out his career in the pole vault with a sixth-place vault of 11-6. Nathan Grant placed ninth on misses after clearing the same height, and Englert was 1 lth at 10-6. Junior Collin McArthur had an out- standing meet, placing second in the 3,200 meters with a personal-record time of 10:30.62 in light snow Thursday morning, placing fourth in the 800 meters Friday with a time of 2:06.04, then finishing off the meet Saturday with a personal-record time of 4:48.29 in the 1,600 meters, good for second place. "His running has really evolved this year,': Koritnik said. "Caleb's training has gotte him in solid shape, and he's figur- ing out how to race. He runs smart and has been strategic in several races, learning how to pace himself. I like how he has a good sense of the pace he needs to compete. It's easy to get caught up in the moment (and go out too fast). "The fact that he placed in all three races says a lot about him." Junior Colin May also had a strong meet, placing sixth in both the 3,200 at 10:50.22 and the 1,600 at 4:54.46. Jacob Beck finished 13th in the 3,200 meters with a time of 12:01.96, and senior Kenneth Moncur finished his career with an llth-place finish in the 1,600 meters, recording a time of 5:03.77. Sophomore Nathan Ballard nearly placed in the 110-meter high hurdles, fin- ishing ninth in the preliminaries with a time of 18.64. He also recorded the 12th- best time in the prelims of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 46.84. The Lovell 3,200-meter relay team of Darren Ballard, Moncur, McArthur and Kaleb Leithead placed third on Thursday with a season-best time of 8:50.21, and the 1,600-meter relay foursome of Mark Grant, Savage, Collins and Leithead placed fifth at 3:43.02. SUPER SATURDAY in Lander. Jumpers seemed tentative after meet workers removed puddles caused by overnight rain from the runway. Later that morning, Koritnik pow- ered her way to her third individual title of the track meet, running the 300-meter hurdles in 46.51, winning by two seconds over Rocky Mountain standout Eliza Higgins. It was Korit- nik's best time of the season on a cold morning. The afternoon began with the 400-meter dash, and Once again the Shumway sisters dominated, Kim winning the race in 59.40 and Susie placing second at 1:01.08, nearly two seconds ahead of the third-place run- ner. After some time to rest, Kim Shumway came back strong in the 1,600 meters, edging Southeast se- Continued from page 10 nior Kelsey Ross in a sprint to the finish. Shumway ran a personal-re- cord time of 5:43.18. Meryk McArthur finished 11 th with a time of 6:14.51. Koritnik said Shumway was drafting behind Ross, letting the Southeast runner take the brunt of the wind, but Shumway passed her on the third lap - too early, Koritnik sai'd. Ross re-took the lead on the fi- nal lap, but Shumway stayed with her and out-sprinted her down the fi- nal straightaway. "Kim was strong enough and fast enough to win it," Koritnik not- ed. "She was seeded fifth, so it was a good effort coming off the 400 to win it." After another break, Kim Shum- way toed the starting line in the 200-meter dash, rounded the corner and held off Pine Bluffs junior Cassi- dy Smith down the stretch to win with a time of 26.35, a personal re- cord in her third consecutive race of the afternoon, an amazing feat. The final event of the day was the 1,600-meter relay, and the quartet of Kim Shumway, Koritnik, Geiser and Susie Shumway won going away with a time of 4:08.69, just 36/100ths of a second off the team's school re- cord set a week earlier in Lander. "I just think it's the perfect way to end my senior year - with two track championships and our basket- ball championship," Karen Koritnik said. "It's the perfect way to go out. "Winning the first one is always kind of exciting because it's new. We were expected to win this one, but it's just as meaningful as the others. I'll remember it as much or more." Koritnik named to all-star hoops team Lovell graduating senior Karen Koritnik has been named to the Wyo- ming squad for the annual Wyoming- South Dakota all-star basketball games. A 5-9 guard/forward, Koritnik is one of 11 players chosen for the select squad for games to be played Friday, June 3, in Spearfish, S.D., and Satur- day, June 4, in Gillette. Three of the player s are bound for the University of Wyoming: Koritnik in track and field, Kayla Woodward of Sheridan in basketball and Megan Sipe of Chey- enne East in volleyball. Koritnik was a Class 2A All-State selection following the 2010-11 season, helping lead the Lovell Lady Bulldogs to the state basketball championship. She was also named the Five Rivers Conference player of the year and will play in the Wyoming Coaches Asso- ciation North-South All-Star game on July 23. Also named to the Wyoming team were Shelby Garska of Casper Nat- rona, Jordan Kelley of Gillette, who can't play due to an injured shoulder, Brittany Lawson of Cheyenne East, Stephanie Lee of Casper Natrona, Dal- las Shaw of Buffalo, Danielle Skinner of Cody, Shelby Stewart of Glenrock and Alex Ward of Burns. Utah State and European league player Jaycee Carroll to conduct camp in Basin BY KARLA POMEROY Basin Recreation is bringing in Jaycee Carroll for a basketball skills camp next month. Carroll, Utah State's all-time leading scor- er and a two-time All-American, currently plays for the Gran Canaria in the ACB Spain Basket- ball League. He also plays in the NBA Summer League and has played in the league for the Bos- ton Celtics, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets. Basin Recreation Director Derek Query said he invited his brother-in-law to conduct the camp, which will be open for anyone in grades 8-12. The camp runs June 8-9 with boys grades 8-10 from 1-3 p.m., girls grades 8-12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and boys in grades 11-12 from 6-8 p.m. Basin Recreation is also conducting a Lady Rebel Volleyball Camp with the Riverside High School Volleyball Team operating the camp. The camp is open for grades 4-9 and will be May 31- June 1 from 1-3 p.m. For more information on either camp, contact Query at 307-272-4298. r / l