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CHR S September 25, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 19 Bulldogs run well on pretty day at Foster Gulch BY DAVID PECK Running on a picture perfect day, the Lovell Bull- dogs swept the top three spots at the Rocky Moun- tain Invitational Monday afternoon at the Foster Gulch Golf Course. Senior AJ Dickson and junior Jacob Newman ran together for the entire race and finished the race in a tie for first with a time of 17:35, crossing the finish line side by side. "They cruised along, but it was a good cruising time," Coach Caleb Sanders said. "They were pretty content where they were at, and so was I." Placing third was fresh- man Brent Snyder, who crossed the finish line with a time of 18:20, edging out Rocky Mountain sophomore Dominic Twomey, who fin- ished in 18:29. "Brent made a good pass with about 500 meters left," Sanders noted. "It was bet- ter than his Sheridan time, and he felt better. He had a more conservative start." Senior Andrew Mayes placed sixth Monday and was the fourth Lovell run- ner in with a time of 19:06, a personal record for him in a 5K race. He was named one of four runners of the week for his effort. "Andrew impressed us in this race," Sanders said. "It was his best 5K time." Freshman Will Lillard placed 11 th with a time of 20:52, the fifth best time for the Bulldogs. Running fairly close together were freshman Kyle Wolvington, 144 at 21:27; junior Joey Bassett, 154 at 21:34; and freshman Ben Cornia, 164 at 22:09. Senior Dylan Ohman ran 23:28 (19th), sophomore Kyle Burton 23:32 (204) and junior Chance Wilson 26:17 (23"a). CALDWELL WINS Junior Jaclyn Caldwell moved past a clump of Pow- ell runners to win the high school girls race Monday with a time of 21:17, just four seconds ahead of Pow- ell's Bailey Sanders. Coach Sanders said Caldwell ran a smart race, noting that she made her move to first with DAVID PECK Lovell junior Jaclyn Caldwell battles a Powell runner during the Rocky Mountain Invitational Monday afternoon at Foster Gulch. Caldwell won the race with a time of 21:17. only about 200 meters left in the race. "She drafted off Bai- ley pretty much the whole race," Sanders said. "We feel if you draft you'll use about 6 percent less ener- gy in a race. The opportuni- ty was there to do it and she just went with it." Junior Afton George ran the best time of her career and placed seventh with a personal-record time of 25:09. She was also named a runner of the week. "That was the best we've seen her run," Sand- ers said. Junior Jamie Kite placed 104 with a time of 26:38, and Sanders said she has been battling some injuries. "The team has been bit- ten with some minor in- juries," he said. "We have some nagging pains in hips and knees." Sophomore Jazmyn See placed 134 with a time of 28:19, with Mylee McAr- thur 144 at 31:08, Bailey Mitchell 154 at 31:23 and Hannah Sawaya 164 at 35:30. MIDDLE SCHOOL RACES Coaches Sanders and Bret George named two LMS boys as runners of the week. Seventh-grader James Caldwell placed third in a talented pack of run- ners with a time of 13:08, just six seconds behind sec- ond place Koi Lynn of Cody and about half a minute be- hind winner Owen Preston of Cody. "He almost could stick with 'em," Sanders said. "He was closer to the Cody boys Monday than he was in Sheridan. It was a good group. The top middle school runners in a large portion of the state come from the Big Horn Basin." Also named as a runner of the week was sixth-grad- er Cardon Mickelson, who placed ninth and was the third Lovell runner in with a time of 14:29. "We were impressed with where he landed," Sanders said. "He ran hard." Sixth-grader Zeke New- man placed seventh and was the second Lovell run- ner to cross the line with a time of 13:43. Right behind Mickelson was sixth-grader Tyler Nichols in 10 th place at 14:39, and eighth-grader Hunter Steenbakkers was 124 at 14:56. Sixth-grader Aden Mayes was 28 th with a time of 17:31, CJ Lindsay 304 at 18:01 and JR Dickson 31 t at 18:18. In the girls race sev- enth-grader Lauren Mitch- ell made a wrong turn on the course that added about an extra 200 meters to her run but still rallied to place eighth with a time of 16:24, Sanders said. The course de- viation probably cost her 35 to 40 seconds, he estimated. "She caught up and was still our top runner," the coach said. Seventh-grader Pat- ti Sanders was 10 th with a time of 17:25, eighth-grad- er Sage Mickelson 11 th at 17:35 and sixth-grad- er Maddison Steed 124 at 17:36. Brooklyn Walker was 204 at 21:28 and Addy Dick- son 21 st at 21:37. THERMOP NEXT The Bulldogs decid- ed not to attend the Wor- land Invitational Tuesday, which would have meant two races in two days, but they will run the second stage of their Five Springs Challenge Thursday where the runners see how far up the steep Five Springs Road they can run in 20 minutes. Next Friday, Oct. 3, the high school and middle school runners will attend the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis. Running be- gins at 1 p.m. with the first middle school race. Grizzlies race twice during busy week BY DAVID PECK It's been a busy week for the Rocky Mountain/Burl- ington cross country team. The Grizz traveled to Fre- mont County for the Lander Invitational Thursday, then hosted their own invitation- al Monday afternoon at the Foster Gulch Golf Course. On Thursday, Coach John Bernhisel entered all of his runners in the junior varsity races at Lander, and sophomore Dominic Twom- ey had a strong showing with a time of 20:34.6, good for fifth place. Placing seventh was se- nior Casey Banks, who cov- ered the course in 20:38.7. Junior Josh McCracken placed 42nd out of 78 run- ners with a time of 24:21.4, and sophomore Zach Mil- brad was 47th at 24:36. Freshman Scott Banks and junior Seth Fuller were neck and neck at 25:49.9 and 25:54.1, respectively, and Trevan Lytle ran a time of 27:59.9. The girls JV race in- cluded some strong finish- es by the Lady Grizz, who placed three runners in the top 25. Burlington junior Zariah Tolman placed llth with a time of 28:26.5, Bur- lington sophomore Pacee Garza was 14th at 29:15.13 and Rocky senior Denice Es- calante was 21st at 32:24.5. The Grizz also had a number of runners com- pete in the middle school races. Eighth-grader Grace Wassmer placed 49th out of 184 runners with a time of 17:19.10 on the two-mile course, and her little sister, DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior Seth Fuller enjoys the beautiful afternoon while competing in the Rocky Mountain Invitational cross country meet Monday at Foster Gulch. sixth-grader Elsie Wass- mer, ran a time of 20:33. Three Grizzlies compet- ed on the middle school boys race. Seventh-grader Justin Dausman placed 70th in the field of 159 with a time of 16:38.9, and George Higgins ran 18:42.2, Richard Spann 21:48.3. "The Lander meet was something we'd like to put behind us," Coach John Ber- nhisel said. "It was incred- ibly hot that day and we drove the four hours down there on a very hot bus. I wish that cross country courses were a test of run- ning and speed and not a test of mountaineering. "A bit of an exaggera- tion, but there was still a big hill near the end of the race that was exceedingly diffi- cult in the conditions. It is always hard to compare race times on different courses, but the Lander race is one I'd like to move on from. All our runners gave great ef- forts and came home sore." ROCKY MOUNTAIN INVITE Monday at Foster Gulch, the Grizzlies ran in perfect conditions at their home meet. Twomey and Casey Banks placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the boys race, Twomey at 18:29 and Banks at 18:59. Mc- Cracken placed 17th, cover- ing the course in 22:11, and Scott Banks was 18th at 23:07, Fuller 21st at 23:46 and Lytle 22nd at 25:13. In the girls race, Tol- man was the top finisher, placing ninth with a time of 26:30. Garza was llth at 26:41, Escalante 12th at 27:36. In the middle school girls race, the Wassmer sisters placed seventh and 14th, Grace with a time of 16:15 and Elsie at 18:06. Dausman placed 18th for the middle school boys with a time of 15:53, and Spann was 25th at 16:42, Higgins 26th at 17:24. "Our home meet was a success," Bernhisel said. "Since we are so small in numbers we placed third in both high school races (out of three teams, L0vell, Rocky and Powell), but we had some great efforts. I really appreciated that so many parents and fans came to support our teams. It was especially fun to have the cheerleaders and volleyball teams come cheer for their classmates." NEXT UP The Grizzlies are off this weekend and will re- turn to action Friday, Oct. 3, at the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis. Running is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. SAM SmTH Lovell senior CJ Murphey captured ninth place at the 3A West Regional Golf Tournament in Jackson last week. Murphey places in top 10 at Regional Golf BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School golf team trav- eled to Jackson for the 3A West Regional Tour- nament Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 17- 18, with the boys plac- ing fifth out of the seven teams that participated in the tournament. The Bulldogs shot a 386 on Wednesday and a 394 Thursday for a team total 780 to finish fifth ahead of Powell and Cody. The top scorer for the Bulldog boys was senior CJ Murphey as he shot 43-47=90 on Wednesday and 50-39=89 on Thurs- day to place ninth with a 179. "He played well," Coach Jason Beal said. "The second day he start- ed off a little bit slow but finished strong." Senior McKay Baxen- dale placed second for the Bulldogs with a 47-48=95 on Wednesday and a 52- 46=98 on Thursday for a 193. Placing third among the Lovell squad mem- bers was junior Hunter Tippetts, who shot a 48- 51=99 on Wednesday and a 47-51=98 on Thursday for a two-day total of 197. "McKay and Hunt- er both had consistent rounds on both Wednes- day and Thursday," Beal said. Other golfers com- peting for the Lovell boys squad were sophomore Lane Hoover, who shot a 51-51=102 on Wednes- day and a 54-60=114 on Thursday for a 216, and senior Justin Mick- elson, who shot a 133 on Wednesday, but im- proved by 24 strokes to shoot a 109 on Thursday to finish with a 242. Lovell's lone female golfer, Cassi Colvin, shot a 127 on Wednesday and a 114 on Thursday to fin- ish the tournament with a 240 score. "The rest of the team had a good showing on a difficult course," Beal said. "Lane shot well in the first round and then struggled a little bit the second day. Justin and Cassi had a difficult first round, but came on strong the second round." The Bulldogs will now travel to the 3A State Tournament at the Olive Glenn Golf and Coun- try Club Golf Course in Cody Friday and Satur- day. The tournament is set to begin on both days at 9 a.m. Lady Bulldog JVs defeat Rocky, fall to Cody BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School junior varsity volleyball squad hosted Rocky Moun- tain for Homecoming Week Friday, then traveled to Cody Saturday to face the Fillies. The Lady Bulldogs de- feated Rocky in two games, 25-18, 25-19. On Saturday, Lovell faced Cody on the road. Lovell fell to Cody in two games. "We need to work on our consistency and the mental part of the game," Coach Chelsey Ellis said. The Lovell freshmen beat Rocky 25-11, 25-7 Fri- day afternoon at home. The Lady Bulldogs will host the Lady Blue of Shoshoni Friday with the freshman match at 4 p.m., followed by the JVs at 5 and the varsity at 6:30 at Winterholler Gym. Lady Grizz JV fall to Thermop and rival Lovell BY SAM SMITH The Rocky Mountain High School junior varsi- ty volleyball squad trav- eled to Thermopolis to face the lady Bobcats Thurs- day, then faced their rivals, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs, Friday. Rocky fell to Thermop- olis in the first game 25-9, won a thrilling game two 29-27 but fell to the Lady Bobcats in the third game 25-17. On Friday, the Lady Grizz traveled to Lovell for a rivalry match with the Lady Bulldogs. Rocky fell to Lovell 25- 18, 25-19: "We're starting to get more aggressive at the net, which will help us get into the groove of things," Coach Kayla Honeyman said. The freshman team defeated Thermop in two games Thursday, but fell to Lovell in two games Friday 25-11, 25-7. The Lady Grizz will travel to Greybull Satur- day to face the Lady Buffs at noon for their only action this week.