By Pete Rust

High school track team busy with weekend meets


The Green River High School track team split up last week as eight competitors traveled north to the Casper Classic, while a number of the remaining members competed at the Mountain Man Invitational in Pinedale.

The Classic is a meet in which athletes need to prequalify by having one of the 10 best marks in their event for all events except the sprints and hurdles ,. With sprints and hurdles, it is only the top eight that qualify regardless of the school’s division.

Green River’s girls had three qualify amongst the best in the state as Mariyah Brady improved her prequalifying mark by almost a half a second, finishing seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.47.

The other two Lady Wolves who qualified were both coming off injuries. Natasha Young finished sixth in the field of 10 coming in the discus with a throw of 111’.03,” while Erika Wilson equaled her seeded height, clearing 5’2” in the high jump for second place.

For the boys, Kyle Cacho qualified in two events, the 400-meter run and the long jump. Kyle finished eighth in the 400 meters almost half a second slower than his best time this year in 52.07 and took eighth. In the long jump, Cacho finished almost 1 foot off his best this year with a jump of 20’.06.50.”

In the distance runs, junior Marcos Valerio and senior Christian Gaytan took fifth and seventh respectively, just slightly off their best times of the year. Brayden Kovick in the 3,200-meter run took seventh, while Nick Boldt in the throws took sixth in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

Overall, the teams earned good performances while competing against the very best in the state, which should provide good experience as they approach the end of the season for Regionals and State.

Mountain Man Invitational

A largely younger team, bolstered with several upperclassmen, traveled to Pinedale to take on six other southwest Wyoming teams April 27.

In the 100-meter dash,the girls took 13th, 18th and 29th, led by junior Patience Bentley in 13th at 14.63, followed by sophomore Merika Moffatt at 15.83 and Freshman Modesta Rocha at 17.14. In the 200 meters, Bentley led the way for the Wolves taking 13th in 31.35, followed by Moffatt in 18th place at 33.09. In the girls 400 meters, senior Kirsten Knezovich took eighth in 1:19.20, followed by Kamille Fowler in ninth at 1:23.31.

In the distance runs, Jarin Mandros took 13th in the 800 meters in 3:25.88 and came back in the 1,600 meters in fifth place in 7:34.25, followed by Emilee Mandros in 8:03.71.

In the field events, Avanell Safford led the way in the long jump, taking ninth at 12’.05,” followed by fellow Rocha, who placed 11th at 11’.o9.25” and Bentley at 11’.06.”

In the triple jump, Knezovich took 9th at 28’.08.50.”

The throwers for the Lady Wolves were led by freshman Lauren Lee in 16th place at 24’01.25,” followed closely in 17th place by sophomore Cherylann Moritz at 22’.06.25”, In 18th, Rocha finished at 22’.00” while Lupita Ramirez-Galvan took 23rd at 20.01.50” The discus was led by Rocha in 17th at 63’.09.50” and Lee in 19th at 58.09.”

For the boys, in the freshman Max Orr led the way in 22nd place in 13.45, followed by junior Russell Ferrell in 24th in 13.73, freshman 25th Paxton Castillion in 14.24, fellow freshman Araya Finley in 14.33 and senior Brody Bell in 15.12.


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