Kemmerer Rangers have successful home track meet


Anthony Tibbetts competes in the shotput at the Kemmerer Invite on April 28. Tibbetts earned first in the shotput. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

The Kemmerer Ranger track team traveled to Star Valley last week before hosting a meet on Saturday, April 28. Both meets were highlighted by strong individual performances resulting in several prequalifications for the state meet. Senior Louis Failoni also competed at the Wyoming Track Classic in Casper against the top ten milers in the state and placed second, breaking the school record again with a time of 4 minutes 32.95 seconds.

The highlight of the home meet on April 28 was when the 1600-meter medley relay team of Brooklynn Hagler, Jillian Tibbetts, Marisa Orcutt and Kenley Plowman broke the existing school record by 15 seconds with their run of 4 minutes 34.30 seconds. The previous record of 4:49.40 was set in 2015 by Abby Brunski, Kayla Kahre, Rexanna Kelly and Makenzie Crittenden. The event returned as an official event this year after decades of absence from Wyoming competitions. The last Kemmerer team to run the event at the state meet was the 1958 boys who took third in the event.

A Ranger girls relay team of Teryn Thatcher, Sammi Butler, Sydnie Julander and Sophie Failoni. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

The Kemmerer girls finished second at the meet to Cokeville. The Ranger boys finished first at the meet, beating Evanston, Cokeville, H.E.M., Lyman and Farson.

Anthony Tibbetts had a terrific day as he hurled the shotput 46 feet 8 inches for first place and tossed the discus 130 feet 7 inches for second place. Both marks met the prequalification standards for the state meet. Jeydon Boyd placed third in shotput and discus. For the girls, Callie Bosch threw the shotput a personal record 29 feet 9.5 inches for second place. Jillian Tibbetts placed fourth in the discus with a personal record toss of 80 feet, and Bosch placed sixth in the discus.

Freshman sprinter Marisa Orcutt prequalified in the 200-meter dash with her first-place run of 27.80 seconds. Brooklynn Hagler prequalified in the 300-meter hurdles with her second-place run of 50.70 seconds. Louis Failoni prequalified in the 800-meter dash with a first-place time of 2 minutes 3.50 seconds.

The boys 1600-meter medley relay team of Oscar Zhang, Austin Quin Martinez, Tanner Plowman and Louis Failoni fell short of the school record by one second with their first-place time of 3 minutes 53.66 seconds. The boys 4x100 meter relay team of Zhang, Plowman, Martinez and Cameron Adams fell short of state prequalification by two-tenths of a second with a run of 47.18 seconds.

Tanner Plowman and Oscar Zhang run the 1600 medley relay. The team placed first at the meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Other first places finishes included Louis Failoni in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, Tanner Plowman in the 400-meter dash, Kenley Plowman in the triple jump, the girls 4x800 meter relay team of Teryn Thatcher, Sophie Failoni, Sammi Butler and Kenley Plowman and the boys 4x800 meter relay team of Brayden Dearden, Ray Haslam, Holden Stubbs and Andres Vega.

Other finishes included: 100-meter dash: Orcutt second, Adams eighth; 200-meter dash: J. Tibbetts fifth, Thatcher sixth, Martinez sixth, Zhang eighth; 400-meter: Sydnie Julander seventh, Holden Stubbs eighth; 800-meter: S. Failoni sixth, Julander seventh; 1600-meter: S. Failoni second, 3200: Butler second; 100/110: Hagler sixth, Zach Jackson sixth; 300: Jackson sixth at 51.38 seconds, 3 tenths from prequalification; High Jump: Adams second; Pole Vault: Tyler Vineyard fourth; Long Jump: T. Plowman second, Thatcher second, K. Plowman third; and Triple Jump: Thatcher third, TC Coles sixth.

Louis Failoni at the finish line in the 800-meter run. Failoni had a strong week, breaking his own record in the mile at Star Valley and finishing first in the 800 and the mile at Kemmerer. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

In addition, the 4x400 meter relay team of Adams, Coles, Boyd and Jackson placed second for the boys while the 4x100 meter relay team of Hagler, Orcutt, Jillian Tibbetts and Christina Rivera placed second for the girls.

Other prequalifications: In Star Valley, Teryn Thatcher’s triple jump of 32 feet 10.5 inches prequalified her for the state meet. In Evanston two girls relay teams prequalified: the 4x100 meter team of Hagler, Orcutt, J.Tibbetts, and Katie Zuniga with a run of 54.38 seconds and the 4x800 meter team of T. Thatcher, Butler, S. Failoni and K. Plowman with a run of 11 minutes, 16.71 seconds.

The Rangers travel to Thermopolis on May 4 and Lander on May 5 in their last tune-up before regionals on May11 and 12.

Brayden Dearden pole vaults at the Kemmerer invite. The Kemmerer boys placed first at the meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Marisa Orcutt runs the 200-meter dash. She finished first at the Kemmerer meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Ty Vineyard pole vaults at the home track meet in Kemmerer. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Kenley Plowman runs at the Kemmerer Invite on April 28. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Sydnie Julander runs a relay at the Kemmerer Invite. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Jeydon Boyd throws the shotput at the Kemmerer invite. Boyd placed third at the meet. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts)

Callie Bosch throws the discus at the Kemmerer Invite. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Michelle Tibbetts) 

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