Marisa Orcutt leads at the turn during the 1600-meter sprint medley relay at state last season. The next meet for the Rangers is in Rock Springs on Saturday, April 6.
The Kemmerer varsity track team headed south to Utah last week and competed in two large meets. At the Davis Super Meet on Wednesday and Thursday, the Ranger team only mustered 3 points in a very tough field of teams. On Saturday, March 23, in Price, Utah, the team scored 44 points to place eleventh out of the 22 teams participating. The team saw some great early-season performances and pre-qualified a relay team and a hurdler to the state meet.
Senior Jeydon Boyd led the scoring in Price. Boyd created a little drama by barely sneaking into the finals of the discus and shotput events by placing eighth and ninth, respectively, in the trials. He saved his best for last, however, by placing first in the discus and second in the shotput in the field of 100 throwers. The senior tossed the discus 119 feet 5 inches and the shotput 42 feet 8.25 inches.
Coach Amanda Aimone commented on Boyd’s performance.
“He had a good meet and I am very proud of how he fought back to place first and second,” Aimone said. “He started out really slow in the ring, but was able to mentally get himself back into it. I think that shows maturity and competitiveness — two things that he will need this season. He is off to a great start!”
Senior Brooklynn Hagler brought home a gold medal for the Lady Rangers by outpacing 40 other competitors in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.22 seconds That time prequalifies her for the state meet by a tenth of a second.
The girls’ team got some more good news with the return from injury of sophomore standout Kenley Plowman. She ran an awesome time in the 800-meter dash — 2 minutes 33.13 seconds — to place fourth, missing state prequalification by a mere two seconds. Plowman also ran the anchor leg of the 1600-meter sprint medley relay, where Kemmerer placed second and prequalified to state with a time of 4 minutes 42.73 seconds. Plowman was joined in the relay by Hagler, Laurel Clarke and Marisa Orcutt. Their time is 8 seconds off the school record set last year.
The girls’ 4x100-meter relay team of Hagler, Teryn Thatcher, Clarke and Orcutt finished seventh with a time of 56.69 seconds. The boys’ 4x100-meter relay team of Boyd, Quentin Rosas, AQ Martinez and Trayven Hayes placed eighth with a time of 49.76 seconds.
The girls’ team also got a boost with the return of junior Sammi Butler, who missed last season due to injury. Butler ran her fastest 3200-meter to date with a time of 14 minutes 9 seconds and also was strong in the mile, running it in 6 minutes 21.58 seconds.
Freshman hurdler Tyson McKane saw the track for the first time and posted some impressive times in both hurdle events, by running 19.44 seconds in the 110-meter event and 46.44 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Zach Jackson ran another great time and personal record by covering the 300 meters in 46.91 seconds.
Other personal records included Treq Winkler’s 25.61 second 200-meter dash and Grady Killian’s 12 minute 28.54 second 3200-meter run. Both times are excellent this early in the season.
Also hitting the track this week were seniors Omar El Said and Chad Kalasch and junior Samuel Sheppard.
The Rangers were originally slated to be at the Pete Olsen Memorial track meet in Big Piney on March 29, but that event has been canceled.
The next track meet for the Rangers will be in Rock Springs on Saturday, April 6.