Home cooking agreed with the Lovell Bulldogs Saturday as the boys took the crown at the Lovell Invitational while the girls placed second.
Coach Josh Sanders said the strong Powell team sent part of their squad to the Sheridan meet, “but we like the win.”
“The weather was pretty nice,” he added. “It’s always nice when there’s no wind.”
The Lovell boys topped the 10-team field with 127 points to Powell’s 111. On the girls side Thermopolis topped Lovell 110-97, and Powell was third with 94 points. Lovell topped Powell in overall points 224-205.
Coaches named Eston Croft as the male athlete of the week for his performance in the 110-meter high hurdles. The sophomore set a personal record and pre-qualified for State in the preliminaries with a time of 16.34, then placed second in the finals at 16.43.
“He qualified for State and ran two times in the 16s; that shocked us,” Sanders said. “He has pretty good technique and he’s got those long legs. In the high hurdles that never hurts you, and he’s developed more speed.”
Senior Dino Collins won the 110 hurdles with a personal-record time of 16.02 after running the prelims in 16.74. Derek Phelps and Zeke Collins also ran the 110s well. Phelps qualified for the finals with a personal-record time of 18.65, then placed sixth at 19.02 in the finals. Zeke Collins set a personal record in the prelims with a time of 19.08.
Senior Nathan Grant placed second and pre-qualified for State in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a personal-record time of 42.99, and Phelps finished ninth at 51.27.
“Nathan did a great job in the 300 hurdles,” Sanders said. “We’ve talked a lot about the first two hurdles and that setting the tone for the race. He did a great job getting himself into a rhythm because of the way he attacked the first two hurdles.”
Dino Collins ran the 100-meter dash for the first time this season and showed promise, placing third with a time of 11.48. Austin Ellis also ran the 100 for the first time this year and finished ninth at 12.08.
“Dino’s been wanting to do that, and it wasn’t a bad time at all,” Sanders said.
Ellis set a personal record in the 200-meter dash, placing second with a time of 24.24, and Tippetts was fifth at 25.34. Ellis also PR’d in the 400-meter dash, placing third with a time of 54.02, and Michael Brightly was sixth at 56.08, a personal record.
Senior Jacob Beck won the 800 meters with a personal-record time of 2:16.96, and Mysen McArthur was seventh at 2:23.51.
In the 1,600 meters, AJ Dickson covered the four laps in 5:03.84 to place fifth, and Jacob Newman was sixth at 5:14.45. Andrew Mayes set a personal record at 5:38.93 to finish 12th.
A key moment in the track meet came at the very end when Lovell sealed the boys team title by winning the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:45.46. Members of the team were Cade Bischoff, Tippetts, Brightly and Ellis.
Lovell put together a 400-meter relay team for the first time, and the quartet of Bischoff, Tippetts, Brightly and Grant placed second with a time of 46.83. The foursome of Newman, Beck, McArthur and Dickson placed third with a season-best time of 9:11.2.
In the jumps, Dino Collins placed second and pre-qualified for State in the triple jump with a leap of 41-7½, and Cody Savage was fourth at 40-8¼. McArthur placed eighth at 38-1 ½, and Seth Kite set a personal record and finished ninth at 37-11½.
“I was pleased to see Seth Kite triple jump the way he did,” Sanders said. “He’s been trying to improve in that event, and he made a good breakthrough this week.”
Dino Collins topped eight teammates to place fourth in the long jump at 19-10½, while Cade Bischoff placed sixth with a jump of 19-8½, Cody Savage eighth at 18-6½.
Junior Brandon Wolvington placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-10, and Kade Englert was fifth with a jump of 5-10.
“All of the coaches were really pleased that Brandon pre-qualified in the high jump,” Sanders said. “He hasn’t done track since middle school.”
Senior Tanner Rohrer had a strong meet in the throws. Rohrer set a personal record in the discus, placing third with a throw of 145-9, and he also placed third in the shot put with a toss of 47-9¼. Savage placed sixth in the shot put at 40-6½, and Daniel Strom placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 130-0.
Other results from the Lovell Invitational included:
100m dash – Chase Tippetts 11th at 12.14, Michael Brightly 18th at 12.68, Derek Phelps 19th at 13.1, Aspen Flood 27th at 13.90; 200m dash – Zeke Collins 13th at 27.58, Flood 14th at 28.11; 400m dash – Calin McArthur 12th at 1:00.40, Dylan See 15th at 1:02.74, Chance Wilson 19th at 1:08.84; 1,600 – Michael Steiner 17th at 5:55.80, Konner Davis 22nd at 6:52.50 (PR); triple jump – Zeke Collins 21st at 32-3; long jump – Kade Englert 14th at 17-4, Calin McArthur 15th at 17-3, Mysen McArthur 16th at 17-1, Seth Kite 18th at 16-8½, Dylan See 21st at 16-2, Beau Green 25th at 15-7; high jump – Cade Bischoff 12th at 5-4, Eston Croft 13th at 5-0; shot put – Tyler Tillett 18th at 33-1¾ (PR), McKay Mayes 22nd at 31-6½, Daniel Strom 23rd at 31-3½, Aaron Monterde 25th at 29-3, Nic Haskell 26th at 29-2¼, Rigo Moreno 28th at 27-3¾ and Colton Wardell 36th at 21-6½; discus – Monterde 10th at 112-10, Tillett 15th at 91-6, Mayes 21st at 78-10 and Wardell 32nd at 54-2.
Coaches named Jaclyn Caldwell as the female athlete of the week for her performance in the 1,600 meters Saturday. Caldwell pre-qualified for State with a personal-record time of 5:47.18.
“We’re trying her out in the 3,200 this week,” Sanders said. “Coach Caleb Sanders said her challenge is anaerobic, not aerobic. She can go, go, go, go at a pretty good pace. Both Jaclyn and Meryk (McArthur) pre-qualified in the mile, and Meryk barely missed prequalification in the 300 hurdles.”
McArthur placed fourth in the 1,600 meters at 5:52.49 and third in the 300-meter low hurdles at 51.87. She also won the 3,200 with a time of 13:43.18.
Sophomore Whitney Grant placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.23, but Sanders said she can go even faster.
“She hasn’t had a chance to work on them much,” he said. “I want to see what she can do. If she pushes herself she can run in the sub-50s.”
Sanders also noted that junior Kim Shumway is rounding into shape after her basketball season calf injury. She won the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 58.33 and pre-qualified for State in the 200-meter dash at 26.27.
“Kim’s times are great to see,” Sanders said. “Her times were the Kim from last year resurfacing.”
Freshman Mykelle Nichols came in on the heels of Shumway in the 200-meter dash, placing second with a time of 28.14, and she was also second in the 400-meter dash at 1:02.18. Senior Kassidy Hetland placed seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 29.93 and eighth in the 100 at 14.18, while Ameesha Anderson placed seventh in the 100 at 13.99.
“Our sprinter girls did a pretty good job,” Sanders said. “A lot of our girls are fast, not top three fast, but we have a pretty good core of fast girls.”
The Harper sisters had strong times in the hurdles Saturday. Jordan, a junior, placed eighth in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 22.00, while Madison, a freshman, placed sixth in the 300-meter low hurdles at 54.81.
The 1,600-meter relay team of Chayli McArthur, Madison Harper, Ameesha Anderson and Caitlyn Lundberg placed third with a time of 4:42.36.
“We put three new girls in the four by four,” Sanders said. “We wanted to see what they could do. It’s part of our tinkering.”
Sophomore Chayli McArthur had a strong day in the jumps, placing second in the triple jump with a personal-record leap of 34-1¼, and she placed third in the long jump at 15-7½.
“Chayli had a really good triple jump,” Sanders said. “She’s proving to be a good jumper.”
Caitlyn Lundberg placed fourth in the long jump at 14-2¾, Kassidy Hetland 10th at 13-4½.
In the throws, Katie Hoover placed seventh in the discus at 76-2, Victoria Zupko 17th at 60-5. Mercedes Haney placed eighth in the shot put at 29-9, Zupko 22nd at 21-3¼.
The Bulldogs will split up the squad this weekend. Most of the team will compete at the Bobcat Invitational Friday, others will continue to Casper for the all-class Wyoming Track Classic all-star track and field meet. The Thermop meet begins at 1 p.m. with field events. The 3,200-meter relay is scheduled for 1:30, with other running events following at 3:30. The Track Classic begins at 4 p.m.
Lined up for the Track Classic from Lovell are Nathan Grant in the pole vault, Tanner Rohrer in the shot put and discus, Dino Collins in the triple jump, Chayli McArthur in the triple jump, Mykelle Nicholls in the 400 meters and Kim Shumway in the 400 meters. Whitney Grant and Cody Savage will travel with their teammates and join them for the Kelly Walsh Invitational on Saturday. Events begin at 9 a.m.
By David Peck