Grizzlies battle wind, ACT test at Powell meet

Despite missing a few athletes due to the morning’s ACT test, the Rocky Mountain track and field squad turned in some strong performances at the L.A. Kohnke meet hosted by Powell High School Saturday.

Coach Dave Beemer said a howling north wind hurt some athletes but noted that a few personal records were broken.

Rocky Mountain freshman Kirby Winland leans over the bar in the high jump during the Greybull Invitational on March 24.

The Rocky boys placed fifth in the eight-team field with 28 points, topping Worland, Meeteetse and Ten Sleep.

One of the standouts Saturday was junior Bryce Ward, who ran both the 200-meter dash and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles “really well,” Beemer said. Ward placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.84 and fifth in the 300 hurdles at 45.64.

“Bryce ran the hurdles well, considering that he had to run the back stretch against the wind,” Beemer said. “That definitely slowed him down by a full second or more. It really affected Kirby, too, because he’s tall.”

Winland finished ninth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.54.

Beemer said the Rocky sprinters ran very well at the Powell meet, especially considering that the meet used fully automatic timing. Freshman Cannon Simmons, for instance, placed seventh in the 100-meter dash and set a personal record with a time of 11.97, and Joey Jewell placed eighth at 12.01.

“That’s faster than he’s run, and it was FAT,” Beemer said of Simmons. “And Joey’s 12.01 is faster FAT than his (personal record) 11.90.”

In other running events, Austin Brost finished ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.85 and Jake Loyning placed seventh in the 800 meters with a personal-record time of 2:27.46. Casey Banks placed eighth in the 3,200 meters at 12:23.45.

Other individual running results included: 100m dash – Brost 16th, 12.40, Winland 19th, 12.57, Caleb Horrocks 24th, 13.24; 200m dash – Horrocks 14th, 27.28.

In field events, Jewell placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19-2 ¼, and Simmons placed sixth at 18-7, a personal record. Simmons also placed fifth, reaching 39 feet. Winland finished 14th in the high jump at 5-1.

Rocky Mountain freshmen Mikaela Hocker (foreground) and Jennifer Parker (rear) glide over the hurdles during the Greybull Invitational on March 24.

On the girls side, freshman Mikaela Hocker placed sixth in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 18.48, a personal record.

“She was 1/100th better than her PR but was off on the last four hurdles and it’s a FAT time,” Beemer said. “If she’d stayed in stride she probably would have run an 18.2, which would be a real good FAT time. If she could break into the 17s that would really be good.”

Beemer also noted that sophomore Haley Strom placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.09 despite rushing in to race immediately after taking the ACT and grabbing lunch.

“She really chopped bad over the hurdles,” the coach said.

Freshman Jennifer Parker threw a personal-record 28-4 in the shot put.

“She keeps improving,” Beemer said. “Ryan (Boettcher) is doing a good job with her.”

Other throwing results included Alana Senn 26th in the shot put at 21-10 and 22nd in the discus at 65-5 (PR), Ashley Bridges 27th in the shot at 21-7 and 23rd in the discus at 65-½, and Parker 25th in the discus at 55-11.

Brianna Hocker placed 13th in the triple jump at 28-7.

Lovell Saturday

The Grizzlies will compete at the Lovell Invitational Saturday in Lovell with action beginning at 9:30 a.m.

By David Peck