Lovell thinclads earn 46 personal records

Hosting their biggest Lovell Invitational in years, the Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs used a picture perfect day (after a cool start) to record a number of personal records Saturday afternoon at Kevin P. Robertson Stadium.

Lovell senior Susie Robertson clears the bar in the high jump during the Lovell Invitational Saturday. Robertson was named the female athlete of the week for the Lady Bulldogs. David Peck photo

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs set 46 personal records on Saturday as the Lovell girls won the team title and the boys finished second. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Powell 129.5-102.5, and the Bulldogs placed second to the Panthers, 187.33-109.33.

“We had a ton of outstanding performances,” Sanders said. “I think a nice, warm day will do that. Good competition and a lot of teams all adds to the mix.”

Coach Joshua Sanders said the Lovell staff named senior Susie Robertson as the female athlete of the week for her performance Saturday. Robertson competed in the high jump for the first time in the outdoor season and won the event, clearing 5 feet. She also placed second in the 800 meters (1:01.40) and was a member of the winning 1,600-meter relay team. Robertson has been hampered by a quad strain since early in the indoor track season.

“She ran the 4 by 4 after the high jump,” Sanders said. “It’s good to have her do well and be back (in the high jump). It was a good meet for her on Saturday.”

The 1,600-meter relay team set a new school record Saturday, and it was a family affair. Sisters Kim and Amanda Shumway and Susie Robertson and their cousin Erin Robertson covered the four laps in a time of 4:07.47, besting the record of 4:08.33 set last year by Kim Shumway, Karen Koritnik, Alyssa Geiser and Susie Robertson.

“It’s pretty cool that a family can do that,” Sanders said. “We knew it was going to be close. We knew at Susie’s 200-meter mark that they had a chance.”

The current four are within striking distance of the Class 2A state record of 4:07.61 set by Lingle-Ft. Laramie in 2008. A state record can only be set at the state track meet.

Also winning first place was the 3,200-meter relay team of Meryk McArthur, Erin Robertson, Hannah McCurley and Amanda Shumway, running a time of 10:56.18.

The sprint relay team was disqualified due to a fall cause by a leg entanglement on the third handoff.

“Alyssa (Geiser) got scraped up in that. She had to miss the (300-meter) hurdles and would have run well,” Sanders said.

Sanders also noted that freshman Whitney Grant “had a great meet.” She didn’t quite qualify for the finals in the 100-meter dash but set a personal record with a time of 13.68. She also pre-qualified for State in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles with a personal-record time of 17.21, good for third place Saturday.

“That’s a great time,” Sanders said.

Junior Chelsey Ellis ran a personal-record time of 13.17 in the 100-meter dash, which pre-qualified her for State, then placed third in the finals at 13.27. Kassidy Hetland placed fifth at 13.63 after a 13.49 prelim.

Kim Shumway won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.24, and freshman Ameesha Anderson placed fifth with a personal-record time of 29.58.

Junior Meryk McArthur had a strong meet, Sanders noted, placing sixth in the 1,600 meters with a personal-record time of 5:57.96, and she placed third in the 300-meter low hurdles at 52.74, another PR. Sanders said coaches have been waiting for McArthur to beat the six-minute mark in the 1,600 based on her indoor performances.

“Her legs felt pretty fresh in the mile,” he said.

Chelby Lewis finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-record time of 19.30, and Stephanie Allred was 13th at 22.43.

In the field events, Sanders noted that Amanda Shumway placed second to sister Susie in the high jump, clearing a personal-record 4-10. Chayli McArthur placed fifth at 4-4, a personal record, and Ivy Abraham was eighth at 4-2.

Grant won the pole vault at 8 feet, and Lauren Hinckley was fourth, clearing 7 feet.

Kim Shumway won the long jump with a leap of 15-11¼, and Chayli McArthur was fifth at 15-1¼, three-quarters of an inch from the pre-qualification mark. Jodi Walker was sixth at 14-8¼.

“That was Kim’s furthest this year,” Sanders said, “and she was behind the board, too. Chayli had a PR, which was good to see.”

Walker also placed fourth in the triple jump, hitting the mark of 32-6, and Geiser was right behind her in fifth at 31-8.

In the throws, Miranda Griffis placed third in the shot put with a toss of 31-8 ½, and Katie Hoover was fourth with a personal-record throw of 31-2½. Mercedes Haney placed seventh at 28-8.

“She’s progressing nicely,” Sanders said of Hoover.

Griffis placed fourth in the discus, tossing the disc 103-2½. Schuylar Davis placed fifth at 97-10.

Other girls results Saturday included:

100m dash – Lauren Hinckley 15th, 14.68; long jump – Chelsey Ellis 10th, 14-3¼, Mercedes Haney 16th, 13-7, Ivy Abraham 20th, 12-9, Stephanie Allred 22nd, 12-5, Chelby Lewis 23rd, 12-4½; triple jump – Meryk McArthur 11th, 29-4½ (PR); shot put – Schuylar Davis 12th, 27-11½, Samantha Stevens 22-7½; discus – Katie Hoover 12th, 66-6, Stevens 20th, 54-11.

Boys solid

Coaches named senior AJ Montanez as the male athlete of the week for his performance Saturday. Montanez set a personal record in the shot put and threw his season best in the discus.

Montanez fired the shot a personal record 52-11½ to place second to Powell’s Garrett Lynch, and he tossed the discus 150-5, his best throw this year, also finishing second to Lynch.

Lovell senior Mark Grant powers over a hurdle in the lead during the 300-meter intermediate hurdles race Saturday at the Lovell Invitational. Grant won the race in a time of 43.55. David Peck photo

Junior Tanner Rohrer also set a pair of personal records, placing fourth in the discus with a throw of 143-1½ and setting an outdoor PR in the shot at 42-8½, good for sixth place.

Freshman Daniel Strom placed eighth in the discus with a personal record throw of 114-7¼, placing eighth, and Cody Savage finished 10th with a throw of 110-4½. In all, the Lovell throws set 11 personal records on Saturday.

“We had a lot of good performances Saturday,” Sanders said, — “pretty much everybody everywhere.”

Performances Sanders noted included:

•Zeke Collins set a personal record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles by three seconds with a time of 50.30.

•Jacob Beck ran “a nice 800” with a time of 2:17.30 (PR), good for sixth place.

•Dino Collins placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.58, a personal record.

“It was good to have him in the 54s,” Sanders said. “We were hoping he would do that, and he did. If he could get in the 53s that would be good.”

•Collin McArthur, though he didn’t break the school record he was shooting for, placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:01.68.

•Colin May ran the 1,600 for the first time this season and placed second with a time of 4:48.37, his best time in two years.

•Freshman AJ Dickson placed third in the 3,200 meters with a personal-record time of 10:58.32. “AJ getting in the 10s is awesome,” Sanders said. “He enjoys it and is motivated. He’s sitting in a good spot as a freshman.”

•Austin Ellis took two seconds off of his personal record in the 400-meter dash, placing seventh with a time of 55.52.

•Mark Grant won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 43.55, and Nathan Grant was fourth at 44.84, McKayan May sixth at 45.18 and Adam Beck seventh at 46.19 (PR). “Nathan ran the hurdles for the first time,” Sanders said. “He hit those hurdles good. He was on step to lead with his right leg every time. He didn’t have to chop.”

•The 1,600-meter relay team of Calin McArthur, Cody Savage, Colin May and Collin McArthur placed second with a season-best time of 3:43.09. Sanders said that team could be important running the final event at the state track meet.

•The Bulldogs had three jumpers hit the 19-foot mark in the long jump, among several outstanding performers: Cody Savage third with a jump of 19-11¾, Dino Collins sixth at 19-7 (PR) and Colin May seventh at 19-4 (PR). “A lot of kids jumped pretty well all across the board,” Sanders noted. Kade Englert and McKayan May were close to 19 feet, Englert at 18-11¼ (eighth) and May at 18-8½ (10th).

•Savage won the triple jump with a leap of 41-3½, and Dino Collins was third at 39-5½, Morgan Baxendale fourth at 39-5 1/4, Austin Ellis seventh at 37-4¾, Dylan Hultgren ninth at 36-10 (PR).

Triple weekend

The Bulldogs will split up the squad this weekend, with some athletes competing at the Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis Friday afternoon (1 p.m.) and some qualifying for and competing in the all-class, best-of-the-best Wyoming Track Classic Friday evening (5 p.m.). Those qualifying for the WTC, Sanders said, include Collin McArthur in the 800 and 1,600, Montanez in the throws, Savage in the triple jump, Rohrer in the discus, Kim Shumway in the 400 and Susie Robertson in the 800.

The WTC athletes will stay in Casper and compete in the Casper Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m., joined by a few athletes already in Casper for the State Art Symposium.

Other boys results Saturday included:

100m dash – Cade Bischoff 18th in prelims, 12.08 (PR), Michael Brightly 23rd, 12.74 (PR), Aaron Monterde 24th, 13.08 (PR); 200m dash – Zeke Collins 18th, 27.59 (PR); 400m dash – Brightly 15th, 58.87; 800 meters – Dylan Hultgren eighth, 2:19.96 (PR); 1,600 – Michael Steiner 14th, 5:44.59 (PR); 3,200 – Austin Ellis sixth, 12:31.66; 110m hurdles – Cade Bischoff 12th, 18.89 (PR), Eston Croft 16th, 21.40 (PR); 300m hurdles – Nathan Ballard 15th, 48.65; long jump – Cade Bischoff 12th, 18-2¾, Nathan Ballard 13th, 18-½, Calin McArthur 14th, 17-11¾, Mysen McArthur 17th, 16-8 (PR), Brightly 23rd, 15-5½ (PR), Alex Sawaya 26th, 13-5½; triple jump – Mysen McArthur 10th, 36-4¼, Ryan Clark 13th, 34-5½ (PR), Zeke Collins 19th, 32-2¾, Derek Phelps 24th, 30-10 (PR), Seth Kite 26th, 30-4¼; high jump – Kade Englert sixth, 5-8, Morgan Baxendale 10th, 5-6, Bischoff 13th, 5-4; pole vault – Nathan Grant and Englert third each, 11-0; shot put – Alex Connour 27th, 32-9¼ (PR), Jacob Price 29th, 32-7¾ (PR), Tyler Tillett 31-9 (PR), Aaron Monterde 31-2½ (PR), Daniel Strom 30-5½, Payton Hetland 22-4¾, Sloan Colvin 21-4 (PR); discus – Connour 20th, 103-0 (PR), Clark 27th, 88-10, Monterde 30th, 84-8 (PR), Tillett 80-10; Price 66-3½, Hetland 57-1½, Colvin 48-2½.