With numerous athletes staying home to prepare for the junior-senior prom later that night, a handful of Lovell thinclads traveled to the Thermopolis Pre-Regional Friday, and the young athletes turned in some strong performances.
Perhaps the highlight of the meet was the performance of sophomore Kim Shumway, who broke Betsy Bischoff’s record in the 200-meter dash set in 2005. Shumway finished second to Rawlins racehorse Kereston Thomas, with a time of 25.67, breaking Bischoff’s record of 25.94. Thomas won at 25.42 and holds the Class 3A state record in both the 100 and 200.
Coach Joshua Sanders named Shumway as the Lovell female athlete of the week.
“She came around the curve behind the Thomas girl, then used the straightaway to get into a good stride,” Sanders said. “The girl pulled her and Kim got stronger down the straightaway and almost caught her. We couldn’t tell who won.
“The Thomas girl does a good job getting out and running the curve. Once Kim gets to the straightaway, that’s a better part of the race for her. It was a fun race to watch.”
In another highlight from Thermop, freshman Ameesha Anderson set two new personal records in the sprints, placing fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.11 and sixth in the 200 with a time of 29.13.
“She looked fast,” Sanders said. “We have several fast freshman girls.
Fellow frosh Lauren Hinckley placed 10th in the 100 at 14.63.
In the only other running performance for the Lady Bulldogs, freshman Whitney Grant placed third in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 17.63, just 1/100th of a second off of her PR.
“It was good to see that, breaking into the 17s again,” Sanders said. “That shows where she is.”
In field events, Shumway placed second in the long jump with a leap of 15-10¼.
“She’s very close to that 16-foot mark,” Sanders said. “In the last couple of weeks she’s been at 15-11 and 15-10. That’s really great to see.”
Freshman Chayli McArthur placed third in the triple jump with a jump of 31-7, and she placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-4. Hinckley finished 16th in the long jump at 11-9¾.
Sophomore Katie Hoover placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 30-3 ¾ and threw the discus 62-8. Samantha Stevens threw the shot 20-11 and the discus 59-2¾.
“Katie’s been throwing well in the shot put,” Sanders said. “That’s twice in a row that she hit the 30-foot mark. She has made steady improvement there.”
Sanders named sophomore Kade Englert as the male athlete of the week. Englert placed second and qualified for State in the pole vault by clearing 11-6, a personal record.
“Coach (Daniel) Robertson has been trying to get him to vault with more control, and it’s been helping him out,” Sanders noted.
Englert also placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-8.
Sophomore Calin McArthur won the 400-meter dash with a personal-record time of 57.02.
“That’s not blazing, but it’s his best time,” Sanders said. “We’d like him to be in the low 56 or possibly the 55 range for the 1,600-meter relay.”
Michael Brightly finished 20th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.82, and Aaron Monterde ran 13.37. Mysen McArthur finished 14th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.12, a PR.
Brightly placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at 58.47, and Mysen McArthur was 11th at 1:02.21. He also finished 13th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:31.52. Michael Steiner finished 12th in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:55.58.
AJ Dickson placed second in the 3,200 with a time of 11:14.44.
Sanders had praise for sophomore Derek Phelps, who improved dramatically in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Phelps cut nearly two seconds off his PR in the 110 hurdles and placed ninth with a time of 19.81, and he slashed five seconds off his best time in the 300 hurdles, finishing 14th with a time of 50.54.
“Derek had a great practice on Thursday and got PRs in both hurdle events Friday,” Sanders said. “We could see it coming with his practice Thursday. Zeke Collins, too.”
Collins ran a personal-record time of 49.47 in the 300 hurdles to finish 13th.
In field events, Calin McArthur placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 18-6, and Englert was right behind him in ninth at 18-1½. Mysen McArthur was 11th in the triple jump at 36-½, Seth Kite was 18th at 33-10, a personal record.
“Seth is starting to catch on to the technique in the triple jump, same with Mysen,” Sanders said.
In throwing events, freshman Alex Connour threw a personal-record 33-1 to finish 11th in the shot put and threw the discus 97-3 to finish 11th. McKay Mayes finished 18th in the shot put with a toss of 31-10¾, and Jacob Price was 19th at 31-2. Tyler Tillett threw the shot 23-4½.
Aaron Monterde blew away his PR in the discus and placed eighth with a throw of 98-11½.
“He was close to 100 feet and that was exciting to see,” Sanders noted.
Tillett threw the discus 71-8, and Sloan Colvin flipped the discus 54-6¾.
The Bulldogs will be back at full strength for the 2A West Regionals in Riverton this Friday and Saturday. Sanders said the Lovell lineup is pretty much set.
“Every week we post the top four in every event, and for the most part that will answer the questions we have,” he said. “In some cases we had a run-off or a jump-off, and we will review this with our coaches, but we’re set for Regionals. People know where they’re at.”
Action begins Friday at 9 a.m. and again Saturday at 9 for running events and field events.
Class 2A will share the meet with both Class 1A and Class 4A teams.
By David Peck