GRHS indoor track team competes at premier track in Idaho
The Green River Boy’s and Girl’s Indoor Track Team traveled to Pocatello, Idaho, to compete along with 15 other Wyoming schools and more than 2,000 athletes from 20 States, Canada, Mexico and Australia in the 39th Annual Simplot games one of the Nations premier Indoor Track meets.
According to coach Dan Hansen the small squad he took of about 15 boys and girls
competed well with most competitors close to or exceeding their best marks of the season.
Starting for the girls in the 55-meter dash, was junior Lauren Hoyt who finished 55th out of 100 elite runners with a season best of 8.65. Freshman, Heather Gibson improved her personal best in the 200-meter dash running 32.0 while freshman Kezley Moore beat more than half the field of 82 runners finishing 40th in the 400-meter run in 1:04.62.
Sophomores Ashlie Jensen and Kelby Pope gained valuable experience for the young Lady Wolves finishing 174th and 186th respectively in the field of 198 runners. Finally, in the running events sophomore Kaisa Arnell finished 39th in the field of 58 runners in the 3,200 meter run.
In the field events, Eliza Morin improved her season best high jump mark 1 inch to 5 feet 1 inch to move into a tie for the second best high jump in the state this year.
For the boys, senior Kalen Kester finished the boys 60-meter dash in 21st place out of 111 sprinters, while junior Kyle Cacho finished 59th in the field of 148 in the 200-meter dash. Junior Alex Davis ran close to his personal best finishing 69th out of 108 runners in the 400 meters. In the middle distance runs, Christian Gayton ran close to his best finishing 114th out of 155 in the 800 meters.
In the metric mile, sophomore Marcos Valerio finished 231 in the field of 290 runners, while Senior Braden Reichel set a new school record in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:29.7.
Junior Colton Minard finished 76th in the 3,200 meters, while junior Braden Kovick set another school record finishing 45th out of 84 in a time of 10:21.47.
All in all coach Hansen was pleased with his young teams performance in a national setting and looks forward to the next meet Friday in Laramie as the last tuneup before ending the season at the State Championships in Gillette the following weekend.