Rocky thinclads break records in recent meets

Even with prom on the schedule for Friday night and ACT test Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies were able to get in two track meets last week, at least for several of the athletes.

Due to prom, the Grizzlies decided to not attend Friday’s Burlington meet and instead joined Powell, Thermopolis and host Worland at the D&D Invitational Thursday in Worland. A few athletes also attended the L.A. Kohnke Invitational Saturday in Powell.

The meets helped the Grizzlies get into midseason form after a long Easter break, coach Tobee Christiansen said.

“I’m happy with where we’re at at this point,” Christiansen said. “We had a lot of PRs (personal records) and have pre-qualified 20 for State so far, including a relay team.

“It was awesome to watch. I love to watch the kids get PRs. I love watching a kid knowing he’ll not win the meet but still work hard to PR.”

Asked about highlights, Christiansen pointed to the performance of sophomore Tristan Jewell in the 110-meter high hurdles. Jewell set a personal record Thursday and pre-qualified for State with a winning time of 16.79, then improved to 16.73 Saturday in Powell, placing second.

Junior Gehrig Sweat finished close behind Jewell in Worland, placing second and pre-qualifying for State with a time of 16.90, and he placed second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 45.26. Lathan May was fourth in Worland at 17.54, also a PR.

“Tristan’s time keeps dropping,” Christiansen said. “He looked really good in Powell. It helped having two kids right there with him. Coach Dave Beemer is doing a great job (with the hurdlers).”

Another highlight was sophomore Jonathan Allred in the high jump. The defending state champion made a strong 2016 debut in Worland, prequalifying for State and winning the event by clearing 6-4, just over an inch off his school record height.

“Johnny had 6-6 and knocked it off with his calf on his last attempt,” Christiansen said. “He’ll PR some time this year.”

Allred placed second at Powell, clearing 6-2.

Rocky Mountain sophomore Jonathan Allred curls around the bar and looks for a landing place during the high jump competition at the Powell Invitational Track Meet Saturday. The Grizz will compete at the Riverside Invitational in Basin Friday afternoon. David Peck photo
Rocky Mountain sophomore Jonathan Allred curls around the bar and looks for a landing place during the high jump competition at the Powell Invitational Track Meet Saturday. The Grizz will compete at the Riverside Invitational in Basin Friday afternoon.
David Peck photo

In throwing, junior Zac Zier broke the RMHS school record in the discus in Worland with a toss of 149-1, which topped the RMHS record of 137-10 set by Pat Minchow in 1997. He also won the discus in Powell at 136-2.

Zier also won the shot put in Worland with a personal-record throw of 46-3 but fell off to 38-9½ in Powell, finishing 10th.

“Zac had a really good day in Worland,” Coach C said. “He fell off in the shot put Saturday, but I was
happy with him winning
the discus.”

Jewell won the long jump in Worland, sailing 19-1 and he was fourth in Powell at 18-8¼. Ethan Price placed second in Worland at 18-6, Allred third at 18-5 and Skyler Drewes fifth at 17-2. Price was also second in the high jump at Worland, clearing 5-10.

The Grizz had their first pole vault competition in Worland as Spur Hackney placed eight at 9-1, Wyatt Horrocks ninth at 8-7, both competing for the first time.

In running events, junior Dominic Twomey placed fourth in the 1,600 meters in Worland with a time of 5:13.49, then placed fifth in Powell with a season best time of 5:00.99. Twomey is about five seconds off his personal record, but Christiansen said he would like to see Twomey push even more.

“He’s got to push himself out of his comfort zone,” Coach C said. “He’s running the same rhythm and same pace. He’s got enough in the tank to do it. He’s got
to compete.”

Twomey placed second in the 3,200 meters Thursday in Powell with a time of 11:25.52 and was fifth in Powell at 11:54.15.

Lathan May placed third in the 100-meter dash in Worland with a time of 11.95, and Jewell placed third in the 400-meter dash, completing the lap in 56.09.

Freshman Damon Watts ran two personal records in Worland, placing seventh in the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:29.11 and fifth in the 3,200 at 12:57.43.

Other boys results this week (Worland meet unless otherwise specified) include:

100m dash – Gehrig Sweat 10th, 12.43, Austin Grohman 14th, 13.0, Ethan Price 15th, 13.10; 200m dash – Grohman 18th, 27.83; 400m dash – Skyler Drewes ninth, 1:01.46; 800 meters – Drewes eighth, 2:27.69; 1,600 meters – Damon Watts 15th in Powell, 5:35.98; shot put – Alecx Christensen seventh, 37-5¼ (PR), Grohman 15th, 33-½ (PR); discus – Grohman seventh, 95-0, Christensen 16th, 79-4.

Girls results

Sophomore Angelina Helms had a strong meet in Worland Thursday, pre-qualifying and setting two personal records, plus a school record, in the sprints. Helms broke the school record of 13.50 in the 100-meter dash set by teammate Marissa Arnold last year, placing second with a time of 13.25, and she was also second in Powell Saturday at 13.55.

Helms also placed second in the 200-meter dash Thursday with a personal-record time of 27.59, and she was second in Powell, as well, at 28.02.

Arnold was fourth in the 100 meters at Worland with a time of 13.87 and sixth in Powell at 14.09, and freshman Gabrielle Christensen placed fifth in the 100 in Worland at 14.04, Pepper Lewis seventh at 14.37.

Helms, Christensen, Jade Sweat and Arnold placed second in the 400-meter relay in Powell with a qualifying time of 54.26 after the quartet of Helms, Christensen, Arnold and Lewis ran 57.08 for second place in Worland.

“We had Pepper entered in the race at Powell, but she was taking the ACT test, so we told Jade: ‘Congratulations. You’re running the four-by-one today.’ A couple of the handoffs weren’t the best, but they prequalified. If they clear that up a little bit…”

Freshman Jacque Leonhardt placed fourth in the 1,600 meters in Worland with a time of 6:12.11, then ran 6:10.64 (PR) in Powell to place third.

“Jacque ran a strong race in Powell,” Christiansen said. “It was only a couple of seconds faster, but she looked stronger.”

Pepper Lewis placed fifth in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles Thursday in Worland with a time of 19.07.

Christensen placed second in the high jump and nearly prequalified for State Thursday by clearing 4-9, and she was fourth in Powell at 4-5. Lewis placed third in Worland at 4-7, Mya Meier fourth, also at 4-7.

Jade Sweat placed third in the pole vault in Worland by clearing 6-2, and Abby Arnold was fifth at 5-8.

Mikayla Campbell set a PR and placed fourth in the shot put Saturday in Powell with a toss of 30-7 ¼, and she was seventh in Worland at 29-4. She placed third in Worland in the discus with a throw of 96-10 and threw 87-7 in Powell for eighth place.

Other girls results this week (Worland meet unless otherwise specified) include:

100m dash – Jade Sweat 10th, 14.70, 25th in Powell, 14.89, Gabrielle Christensen 14th in Powell, 14.45, Mya Meier tie for 12th, 15.87; 800 meters – Jacque Leonhardt 10th in Powell, 2:51.64; 1,600 meters – Makaila Twomey sixth, 7:30.93; shot put – Daniela Carrizal 13th, 20-8½; discus – Carrizal 14th, 53-8.

The Rocky girls placed third in Worland with 84 points, beating Thermopolis, and the boys were fourth with 134 points, just two points behind Thermop.

In Powell, the Rocky girls placed fifth out of 11 teams with 44 points and the boys placed eight with 39 points.

Next up, the Grizz will travel to Basin Friday for the Riverside High School Invitational. Action begins at 2:30 p.m.

By David Peck