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By Pete Rust
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Track successful at Utah meet

 

March 28, 2018



After starting the season with a small local meet in Big Piney the Green River High School track team traveled south to compete with 22 other teams in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association 2018 Outdoor Track Meet in West Jordan, Utah Saturday.

“The weather was not the best and most conducive for good times and distances as it was cold, wet and windy, but this time of year you have to take what you can get to get in some competitive track meets,” head coach Dan Hansen said.

Hansen was pleased with his team’s effort as there were a number of personal records logged throughout the day despite the conditions.

The team had a number of improvements and good times and distances given the conditions, with some of the competitors still looking to find which events they hope to be competitive in and most enjoy.

Lady Wolves

Starting off for the girls in the 100-meter dash was sophomore Merika Moffatt, who finished 76th out of 93 registered runners. In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore, Mariyah Brady was the top finisher, taking eighth place in the field of 42 sprinters with a time of 17.93. Junior Jimena Campos finished 19th at 20.07.

In the 200-meter sprint in a field of 88, freshman Liberty Ferrell took 24th in 29.11, while Sophomore Merika Moffatt came in 77th at 33.94. In the 400-meter run, Ferrell took 19th with a time of 1:07.07 in a field of 52 runners.

In the 800-meter run junior Kaisa Arnell led the middle distance runners as she has in both the indoor and outdoor season, finishing in 27th place in the field of 62 with a time of 2:51.25. She was followed by teammates Angie MacKinnon at 3:02.59 and Ashley Jensen in 3:16.51.

In the 1,600-meter run, the same two runners competed for the Lady Wolves,with Arnell leading the way, taking 31st at 6:05.18 and MacKinnon coming in 58th at 6:55.1.

In the field events, Brady improved on her season’s best to date in the long jump, finishing 10th with a jump of 14’10”. Ferrell took 28th at 12’10.75” and Erika Wilson finished the Lady Wolves’ attempts a jump of 11.08 for 36th, competing despite nursing a hip injury.

Senior Natasha Young led the girls in both throws as she finished second with a throw of 119’.02”, followed by Alexis Martin in 20th, Codi Green in 24th. Young also led the way in the shot put, taking fifth at 33’.04”, followed by Maiers in 25th, Martin 32nd, and Green 38th.

Wolves

Kyle Cacho led the sprinters by taking 10th in the 100-meter dash in a large field of more than 100 sprinters in 12.04, followed by fellow senior Cole White, who took 16th in 12.22. Freshman James King took 55th in 12.88, followed by Isaac Ruiz a sophomore in 74th 13.06.

In the 200-meter dash, freshman Marcos Molina running the event for the first time this year, finished seventh in 23.50, with Gavin Heiser in 26th, followed by King in 27th, Ruiz in 37th and Logan Reichl in 68th. Reichl had the biggest time improvement as he dropped his time by five seconds.

In the 400-meter run, King dropped his time by more than a second and a half, taking 34th in the field of 80 runners with 56.80. Heiser placed 38th, while Reichl took 44th place.

In the 800-meter run, Drew Gibson was the lone entry as he finished in seventh place with a time of 2:12.64.

In the 1,600-meter run, juniors Marcos Valerio and Christian Gaytan lowered their times finishing 10th and 14th respectively in the field of 100 runners, clocking 4:45.60 for Valerio and 4:49:77 for Gaytan.

Senior Braden Kovick was the Wolves’ lone entrant in the 3,200-meter race, taking 11th place in 10:33.05.

Cacho led the way in the long jump taking third with a leap of 19.04.75, followed by Molina in 13th at 18.2.50 and Ruiz in 22nd at 17.2.25.

For the throwers, senior Nick Boldt led the way in both throws, taking fourth in the shot put, followed by David Martinez in 18th and Jacob Martinez in 34th.

In the discus, Boldt took first, improving to 133.05, while David Martinez took fifth, improving to 121.06. Jacob Martinez also improved to 107.08, followed by freshman Kolby Ivie and sophomore Tito Mena.

Coach Hansen was pleased by the performances of the team given the weather conditions as the girls took 14th in the 21 team field and the Boys took 9th out of 22 teams.

 

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