On a perfect day in Cody, the Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed well against mostly larger schools at the Yellowstone Sports Medicine Invitational track and field meet, hosted by Cody High School Saturday.
“The results were exciting, but there is plenty to work on,” Coach Joshua Sanders said.
The Lovell girls placed second out of six teams, while the Lovell boys placed a strong fifth.
Host Cody won the girls division with 203.5 points, and Lovell was second with 117.5 points, followed by Sheridan at 101, Powell 90.5, Riverton 61.5 and Jackson 24.
Powell won the boys division with 135.5 points followed by Cody with 121 points, Sheridan 117, Riverton 94.5, Lovell 86 and Jackson 66.
Among the strong performances by the Lovell boys, senior Collin McArthur stood out, Sanders said, and was voted by coaches as the Male Athlete of the Week.
McArthur placed second in the 1,600 meters with a strong time of 4:38.31, just two seconds behind the winner Oliver Scofield of Jackson. McArthur’s time was 10 seconds faster than his personal record set last season at the state track meet and is just three seconds off Jason Thomas’ school record (4:35) set in 1992.
“Collin ran an excellent time in the mile,” Sanders said. “He really came out strong. We kind of expected it, but it was nice to see. If he can continue that, it will be a huge benefit toward our overall goal. There were a lot of good runners in that race, and when I saw him right up there I knew he was running a good race.”
Senior AJ Montanez won the shot put with a personal record (outdoor) throw of 51-8. He threw 52 feet on his final attempt but scratched.
“I don’t think AJ ended his indoor season the way he wanted, but he came back and threw well,” Sanders said. “He’s consistently in the 50s now.”
Montanez also finished second in the discus with a throw of 139-4.
Tanner Rohrer also threw well Saturday, Sanders said, placing fourth in the discus with a toss of 133-1, a personal record, and seventh in the shot at 40-2, also a PR.
Daniel Strom placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 107-9.
Sanders also noted the performance of junior Cody Savage, who won the triple jump with a leap of 40-4¼.
“He goes and wins it on his last jump,” Sanders noted, adding that hitting 40 feet is a strong start for Savage. “Jumpers progress throughout the season. He just finds a way to get it done. He’s mentally tough.”
Placing second was junior Dino Collins at 39-10 ¾ — as Sanders put it: “right on Cody’s heels.” Morgan Baxendale placed fourth with a leap of 39-3 ¾, Austin Ellis sixth at 37-6, Dylan Hultgren eighth at 36-4¼, Nathan Ballard ninth at 36-1¾.
“I was really pleased with our triple-jumpers,” Sanders said. “Cody, Dino and Morgan are doing well in that event. They understand what to do and they’re students of the sport. They help me with our younger athletes.”
Savage also placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 19-2, another strong start for the junior. Senior McKayan May was right behind him in seventh at 18-11½, Calin McArthur eighth at 18-9½. Colin May got in one jump to place 14th at 17-9¼, then skidded on Cody’s slippery jumping board on jump two and careened sideways, injuring his left knee.
“Calin and McKayan jumped well, and that was exciting to see,” Sanders said. “Colin bruised a ligament and no surgery is planned, that I know of. It’s a matter of ice, time and recovery.
“We got them to put some tape down (further down the runway as a launching point). We had five kids slip, and other schools did, too.”
Nathan Grant placed fifth in the pole vault, clearing 11-6, and Baxendale placed sixth in the high jump, leaping 5-9.
Sanders said he was pleased to see seven athletes run the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, noting, “They’re positive about it and are already making improvement. We want to be strong in the hurdles and add depth there. The 300 hurdles is not an easy event.”
Senior Mark Grant placed sixth with a time of 45.75, and Nathan Ballard was ninth at 47.45. McKayan May finished 12th at 47.73, Adam Beck 14th at 48.34, Dylan Hultgren 15th at 51.74, Zeke Collins 17th at 52.67 and Derek Phelps 21st at 1:00.04.
In the sprints, Dino Collins placed seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12:05, and Cody Savage placed sixth in the 200 at 24.69, Mark Grant ninth at 25.07.
Other boys results included: 100m dash – Cade Bischoff 17th, 12.53, Nathan Grant 12.81, Michael Brightly 13.34, Aaron Monterde 13.53; 200m dash – Hyrum Hopkin 20th, 26.25, Michel Brightly 27.35, Mysen McArthur 27.49, Zeke Collins 28.68; 400m dash – Dino Collins ninth, 55.77, Hopkin 18th, 59.27, Calin McArthur 19th, 59.56, Jacob Beck 1:00.51, Brightly 1:02.71, Mysen McArthur 1:04.81, Alex Sawaya 1:08.06; 800m – Jacob Beck 11th, 2:27; 1,600m – AJ Dickson 14th, 5:12.43, Michael Steiner 17th, 5:55.51; 3,200m – Dickson fifth, 11:20.93; 110m high hurdles – Nathan Ballard 13th, 18.80, Derek Phelps 17th, 22.79; high jump – Cade Bischoff 12th, 5-5, McKayan May and Kade Englert 5-3; long jump – Austin Ellis 15th, 17-7¾, Bischoff 20th, 17-3, Hyrum Hopkin 17-0¾, Englert 16-11¾, Mysen McArthur 16-2, Seth Kite 15-1¾, Michael Brightly 15-1, Eston Croft 13-8½; triple jump – Kite 16th, 32-7 ¾, Zeke Collins 17th, 31-9½; shot put – Mark Grant 14th, 36-9, Tyler Tillett 24th, 31-8, Alex Connour 31-5, Daniel Strom 30-7, Jacob Price 29-5, Aaron Monterde 29-4, Payton Hetland 20-10, Sloan Colvin 20-7; discus – Connour 16th, 96-8½, Tillett 78-6, Monterde 72-4, Price 67-6½, Hetland 32-11.
Girls look strong
The Lovell girls had a number of outstanding performances Saturday, and coaches named freshman Chayli McArthur as the Female Athlete of the Week. McArthur won the triple jump with a strong leap of 33-3¼, and she placed fourth in the long jump at 14-5¾.
“That’s going to help the girls’ team out,” Sanders said of the freshman’s performance. That’s where we lost points from last year (with the graduation of Karen Koritnik). We did kind of what we normally do in the jumps.”
Two other Lady Bulldogs placed in the triple jump, and one just missed placing. Senior Jodi Walker placed fifth with a jump of 21-1½, and senior Alyssa Geiser placed seventh at 31-4½. Junior Chelsey Ellis finished ninth at 30-6.
Sophomore Kim Shumway easily won the long jump with a leap of 15-6¼, one of three events she won on Saturday. Lovell dominated the event as Walker placed third with a jump of 14-6, McArthur fourth at 14-5¾, Ellis seventh at 13-9¾, Abraham ninth at 13-6¼ and Mercedes Haney 10th at 13-5½.
Shumway won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.48, close to her personal record, and she won the 400-meter dash going away, displaying both speed and power, Sanders said, with a time of 59.56 seconds.
In other sprint races, Chelsey Ellis placed fifth in the 100m dash with a time of 13.90, nipping teammate Kassidy Hetland (13.91) at the wire, and freshmen Hannah McCurley and Chayli McArthur both placed in the 400-meter dash, McCurley sixth with a time of 1:06.26 and McArthur seventh at 1:06.64.
Sanders noted the performance of senior Susie Robertson in the 800 meters. Though nursing a quad injury that kept her from high-jumping, Robertson placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:30.
“It was good to see Susie back,” the coach noted. “She felt fairly good and is slowly getting back from the quad injury. We’ll have to slowly bring her back in the high jump. It hurts any time she plants to jump. 2:28 (coach’s handheld time) is a real good start for her.”
Geiser raised eyebrows by placing third in the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 52.90.
“I hope she can help us there,” Sanders said. “She’s got some technique to work on, but she has the speed for it.”
Meryk McArthur placed fifth with a time of 59.49.
Whitney Grant placed fourth with a time of 18.31 in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles.
The 400-meter relay team of Geiser, Ellis, Hetland and Grant placed third with a time of 54.96.
Lauren Hinckley placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 6-6, and Whitney Grant tied for sixth at 6-0.
Seniors Miranda Griffis and Schuylar Davis threw well in the shot put and discus, Sanders said. Griffis placed sixth in the shot at 32-4, Davis eighth at 31-½. Griffis was also sixth in the discus with a toss of 99-9.
Other girls results included: 100m dash – Whitney Grant 11th, 14.34, Mercedes Haney and Ameesha Anderson tie for 14th, 14.66, Lauren Hinckley 20th, 14.98, Ivy Abraham 16.28; 200m dash – Kassidy Hetland 11th, 30.90; 800m – Hannah McCurley 12th, 2:54; 1,600m – Meryk McArthur 12th, 6:27.91; 100m hurdles – Chelby Lewis 11th, 20.43, Stephanie Allred 13th, 22.67; long jump – Chelby Lewis 11-7¼, Stephanie Allred 9-10½; triple jump – Meryl McArthur 15th, 29-3¼, Ivy Abraham 16th, 27-8½; shot put – Samantha Stevens 21-8½; discus – Stevens 56-11.
The Lovell thinclads will be in Basin this Friday for the Riverside Invitational. Action begins at 2:30 p.m.
“We didn’t fill all of the events in Cody,” Sanders said. “At Riverside we’ll put some kids in different events to learn and discover things about the athletes. Right now we want to experiment a little bit and see where our strengths are.”
By David Peck