Grizzlies excel at rescheduled meets

Blown off course, literally, by bad weather Friday and Saturday, the Rocky Mountain track and field squad split up for rescheduled meets Monday, with the main team attending the Meeteetse Individual, which had been postponed Saturday, and Jonathan Allred and Zac Zier traveling to Casper to compete in the all-class Wyoming Track Classic, originally scheduled for Friday.

Rocky Mountain junior Mikayla Campbell prepares to let loose with a throw during the shot put competition at the Powell L.A. Kohnke Invitational on April 9. The Grizz will compete in Thermopolis Friday. David Peck photo
Rocky Mountain junior Mikayla Campbell prepares to let loose with a throw during the shot put competition at the Powell L.A. Kohnke Invitational on April 9. The Grizz will compete in Thermopolis Friday.
David Peck photo

Both Allred and Zier had strong showings at the all-star meet Monday.

“It was a great opportunity for those two,” Coach Tobee Christiansen said. “It was a quick trip over and back, but I sure wouldn’t have wanted them to miss it. They competed well and represented our school well.”

Allred battled Riverside’s Dylan Roberts in the high jump and placed second with a jump of 6-4, almost clearing 6-6.

“His last attempt was his best one at 6-6,” Christiansen said. “He clipped the bar with his ankle. It was kind of fun to see the high jump when the top three were 2A, 2A and 1A (Hayden Fauber of Kaycee).”

Zier placed fifth in the discus, throwing 144-6, and he could have won the event if his best throw had counted.

“He had a 160-foot throw but scratched,” Christiansen said.

Zier also placed third in the shot put with a toss of 44-11¼.

“It was fun. We took two down there and they both got on the podium,” Christiansen said.

Meeteetse Invite

The Rocky Mountain girls placed third in Meeteetse Monday with 67 points, trailing only Lovell and Cody in the 11-team field.

Sprinters and jumpers led the way for the Lady Grizz as high jumpers placed first, second and third and sophomore Angelina Helms won the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100. Helms ran a time of 28.28 to win the 200 and ran 13.56 in the 100, just 5/100ths of a second behind winner Madison Spradlin of Cody.

“She’s stronger than she was last year,” Christiansen said. “It helped her doing indoor. Her starts have gotten better. She’s just a stronger runner.”

Freshman Gabie Christensen ran the 200 for the first time this season and placed sixth with a time of 30.16, and Jade Sweat finished 21st out of 36 runners in the 100, recording a time of 15.03.

Jumpers Mya Meier, Christensen and Brianna Brumwell went one, two, three in the high jump, all clearing 4-8, with placing determined by the number of misses. Meier tied her personal record with the winning jump.

“They’ve been fairly consistent most of the year,” Christiansen said. “I’m hoping they can get a good day and hit another height, but I’m happy they’re at least consistent.”

Jade Sweat placed fifth in the pole vault, clearing 6 feet, and Mikayla Campbell was strong in the shot put once again, placing second with a throw of 31-4½, just 3½ inches off her PR. Campbell placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 93-3 ¼, and Daniela Carrizal set a PR with a throw of 57-2 (24th).

In other running events, freshman Jacque Leonhardt placed seventh in the 1,600 meters, covering the four laps in 6:07.18, right at her personal record. Makaila Twomey placed fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 16:17.71.

Boys results

The Rocky Mountain boys placed fourth in Meeteetse Monday behind only Thermopolis, Worland and Lovell with 70 points while missing, of course, Allred and Zier.

Rocky hurdlers placed one-two in the 110-meter high hurdles Monday. Tristan Jewell won the race with a time of 16.55, and Gehrig Sweat ran the course in 16.91 to place second. Sweat also placed third in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 43.34.

Junior Cole Simmons competed for the first time this season after nursing a nagging heel injury and placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.09 and fifth in the 200 meters at 24.72. Lathan May placed seventh in the 200 at 24.92.

“Cole’s been (working) out a couple of weeks,” Christiansen said. “He’s got to polish up his starts again.”

Freshman Skyler Drewes placed fifth in the 800 meters, rounding the oval twice in a time of 2:15.83 and setting a new personal record for the third straight week.

Freshman Damon Watts placed seventh in the 1,600 meters with a personal record time of 5:21.52, and he won the 3,200 meters as the only competitor with a time of 13:01.44.

The 400-meter relay team of Jewell, Sweat, May and Simmons placed fourth with a time of 46.75.

With Allred competing in Casper, freshman Ethan Price won the high jump Monday, clearing the bar at 5-11, tying his personal record. He also placed sixth in the long jump, sailing 18-3½.

In the throws, sophomore Alecx Christensen set a personal record in the shot put, placing 12th with a throw of 37-7½. Austin Grohman finished 18th with a toss of 32-10½,.

Christensen also set a new PR in the discus, placing 10th with a toss of 98-8½. Grohman finished 18th at 82-9.

Thermop next

The Grizzlies will travel to Thermopolis Friday for the Bobcat Invitational. Action begins at 1 p.m. The 1A-2A West Regional Track Meet follows May 13-14 in Lander.

“At this point in the season we’ll start to taper a little bit and let ‘em compete,” Christiansen said. “It’s time for them to get their payday and earn their trip to State.”

By David Peck