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By Pete Rust

Wolves perform well at Kearns, Utah meet


The Green River Wolves traveled south to Utah for the third weekend in a row to participate in the UHSTCA High School Track Meet in Kearns, Utah.

More than 50 teams from Utah, Idaho and Wyoming including Rock Springs, Evanston, Big Piney, Riverton, Star Valley, Cody and Green River competed in the meet with more than 370 runners topping all events in the boys

1600-meter run.

In just the third meet of the indoor season for both Green River boys and girls, competitors continue to experiment with different events with a number of improvements in their individual performances.

In the girls’ 60 meters, sophomore, Kelly Pope finished 118th at 9.94, freshman Heather Gibson took 111th in 9.86 and junior Lauren Hoyt lead the way in 56th place out of 137 competitors, improving her season best to 8.89.

In the 200-meters sophomore Kelly Pope ran 34.66 for the first time this season, while sophomore Jimena Campos finished 23rd out of 101 competitors by running her season best of 31.97.

The 400 meters had two Lady Wolves, with junior Kirsten Knezeovich running the 400 for the first time this season in 1:22.21 and freshman Kezley Moore improving her time by 2.5 seconds to 103.65, good enough for 23rd place out of the field of 101 runners.

The same two runners competed in the 800 meters with Knezovich again running the race for the first time and finishing in 3:37.09 and Kezley Moore improving her time by nine seconds to 2:33.47 for 30th place.

In the metric mile, the 1600 meters, Green River sophomore Kaisa Arnell finished 97th by improving her time 17 seconds to 5:56.27 in the largest competitive group for the girls consisting of 277 runners.

After being the only competitor to run the mile for the Lady Wolves, Arnell came back and was once again the only Lady Wolf running the two-mile event and improved her time in this race by more than 55 seconds to finish 28th out of 78 with a time of 12:27.85.

In the girls 60-meter hurdles, all three Lady Wolves improved their times with Campos finishing 55th at 12.38, Finch 24th at 10.84 and Senior Eliza Morin leading the way in 10.80 and finishing 21st.

Finally in the 4 x 200 meter relay the Lady Wolves improved their time 7 ½ seconds while finishing 14th.

In the field events the Lady Wolves freshman Raena Finch cleared her season best of 4 feet, 8 inches to take eighth, while Eliza Morin had the best finish on the day for the Wolves, with a first place finish in the high jump of 5 feet.

Lauren Hoyt in the long jump improved her season best to finish with a jump of 14 feet, 4 inches and a 14th place finish, while Kirsten Knezovich was busy on the day with a 27 feet, 5 inches triple jump in her third event. Seven competitors competed in the shotput for the Lady Wolves, led by Natasha Young in sixth place out of a field of 50 throwers, followed by Kim Peterson in 29th, Cassidy Gomez taking 33rd, Janae Neff finishing at 37th, Kierra Edmunds in 42nd, McKay Cuthbertson 45th and Alaina Maiers fouling out of competition.

Head coach Dan Hansen said the throwers did not make significant improvement this week in large part due to trying to correct some techniques which has the throwers off balance at the moment.

For the boys, senior Kalen Kester again led the way in the sprints finishing an impressive 5th place in the field of 178 sprinters with junior, Kyle Cacho breaking the tape in 7.70.

The duo finished 27th and 55th respectively in the field of 198 sprinters with both runners recording season bests. Junior Alex Davis finished in the top half of the field in the grueling 400 meters as he finished 53rd out of 126 runners.

In the middle distance 800-meter run, senior Braden Reichel led the way with a 22nd place finish in 2:03.37, followed by junior Brayden Kovick in 44th at a time of 2:09.44, Christian Gayton taking 74th in 2:13.14 and Alex Davis 116th in 2:23.20 out of 152 runners.

Reichel again led the way for the boys in the 1600 meters, finishing in a solid time of 4:33.21 in 33rd place while Kovick, Colton Minard, Christian Gayton and Marcos Valerio all ran their season bests. Reichel and Kovick finished the day once again as the top finishers for the boys and their day of running with the two mile with Reichel taking top honors for the Wolves in 25th, Kovick in 40th and Valerio 96th in the field of 138.

In the field events Senior Kester led the way in the long jump improving his season best to 20’9.75 for 7th place while Cacho improved his season best to 19 feet, 4 inches for ninth place in the field of 50. Cacho also came back to jump 39’00.50 for third place in the triple jump. Finally, on the day the boys had three competitors in the shotput led by senior Elijah Hill who finished in the top half of the field of 65 in 37th place followed by Tito Mena and Placido Mena.

Hansen is pleased with the team’s improvement as many competitors recorded their seasons best and many tried new events for the first time leading to valuable experience for the young Wolves team.

“The kids are coming to practice with a good attitude and ready to work. This helped the athletes better their times, distance and heights,” Hansen said. “We are just over half way through our indoor season and excited to see how our team will finish at the end.”


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