It was a rather difficult week for track and field for the Lovell Bulldogs. Not only did about half the team miss or leave early from the Riverside Invitational Friday in Basin due to prom, deteriorating weather conditions including a cold, brisk wind hampered the runners and jumpers.
“The first hour was fine, but conditions (overall) were terrible,” said Lovell head coach Joshua Sanders. “The kids were running against the wind. It was a strong wind, so all of the times were really slow. Probably half the team was gone or left early.”
The Lovell boys placed third with 78.5 points behind the Powell JVs with 105 points and Riverside with 81.
Coaches named sophomore Dylan Hereth as the male athlete of the week. Hereth set personal records and placed second in both the shot put and the discus, heaving the shot 40 feet and flinging the discus 114-7.
“He’s one of the hardest workers on the team,” Sanders said. “He’s been shooting for 40 feet for a long time now. He’s had a good rate of progression. He’s just a hardworking kid.”
Freshman Brenden Lundberg set a personal record and placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 37-9. Fellow frosh Mat Savage was ninth at 33-1.
“Brenden has got a pretty good technique down,” Sanders said. “We’re working on one small change, then it’s just a matter of power and speed. We’d like him to do a double-arm bound in the second phase of the triple jump and stay single arm in the first phase.
“The jumpers had to do a seven-step approach instead of their normal eight-step approach because of the length of the runway.”
Brent Snyder placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, and Lundberg placed eighth at 17-9½, a personal record. Richard Mangali jumped 14-9½ (22nd).
Senior Jacob Newman ran for the first time this season and won the 1,600 meters, though his time suffered due to the wind – 5:09.50.
“Jacob’s goal was to prequalify in the 1,600, but once the wind kicked up we knew that was out the window,” Sanders said. “Our strategy was for him to run behind someone for three laps and then go. His time was really slow.”
Freshman Dillinger Wilkerson finished ninth at 6:34.
Like others, sophomore Will Lillard struggled against the wind but placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.47, and Dalton Nixon, normally a longer-distance runner, worked on his speed, Sanders said, and placed fourth at 27.86. Hudson Wilkerson placed fifth at 28.50, Mikel May seventh at 30.97.
Senior Merrill Beck placed third in the 400-meter dash, rounding the oval in 59.52, and Lillard placed fourth at 59.63, Nixon fifth at 59.75. Richard Mangali placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:55.25.
Jacob Grant placed fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.98.
Porter Nichols placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.07, Lillard 10th at 13.13, Hudson Wilkerson 21st at 13.69 and Chris Lopez 28th at 14.10.
The Lady Bulldogs placed fifth Friday with 61.5 points while missing a number of athletes.
Coaches named freshman Karlee Burton as the female athlete of the week. Burton ran a personal record in the 1,600 meters and placed second with a time of 6:22.
“Her time wasn’t great, but she did a good job powering through the wind,” Sanders said. “She caught a Rocky girl (Jacque Leonhardt) at the end. It was good for her to have someone to chase.
“She works really hard. She puts in more miles in training than anybody.”
Jessica Caldwell placed fourth in the metric mile with a time of 6:27.30.
Lovell had some success in the sprints. Freshman Emily Mangus placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 15.29, and Caitlyn Lundberg placed fourth at 15.41, Ashley Peterson 15th at 16.85. Bailey Mitchell placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, running the half lap in 31.42. Megan Cornia placed eighth at 31.21, Taylor Woodford ninth at 35.30.
Mitchell also placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:11.73, and Woodford finished 10th at 1:17.52.
In field events, Lundberg placed second in the long jump with a leap of 15-3, and Gracie Hall finished 15th at 12-1½.
“Caitlyn is still chasing 16 feet,” Sanders said, noting that Lundberg and others will perform better when the temperature rises. “Jumpers really like the warmth. That’s big for them.”
Jade Minchow tied for ninth in the high jump, clearing 4-4, and Hall finished 11th, also at 4-4, based on misses.
Senior Sierra Montanez placed second in the discus with a throw of 93-8 and sixth in the shot put at 27-10½. Minchow finished ninth in the shot put with a toss of 26-6½, a personal record.
Hailee Nielson set a new PR in the shot out with a throw of 25-9¼ to finish 10th and was 12th in the discus at 59-3. Richellena Rule finished 13th in the shot put at 22-10 and 10th in the discus at 67-3, a PR. Grace Edwards finished 17th in the discus with a toss of 47-1.
The Bulldogs will compete in the Powell Relays today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. and host the Lovell Invitational Saturday, with
field events and the 3,200-meter relay beginning at 9:30 a.m.
By David Peck