Tanner Plowman and AQ Martinez compete in a relay race last season.
The Kemmerer High School varsity thin-clads had to travel over South Pass to find a dry track. With their own track covered with four feet of snow, the Rangers had not even set foot on an outdoor track yet this year.
On Saturday, March 16, in Pavillion, they attempted to shake the rust off.
Things went better than expected when returning athletes achieved 13 personal records at the meet. Overall the Kemmerer team placed sixth out of the fourteen teams that participated.
Sophomore Austin Quin Martinez ran the 400-meter dash in an impressive time of 54.44 seconds, placing second and setting a personal record in the event. Martinez also ran a personal record in the 200-meter dash but did not place.
Senior Brooklynn Hagler started strong by setting a personal record of 17.97 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and placing third.
Hagler also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.
Senior Jeydon Boyd placed second in the discus and fourth in the shotput. Junior Kenley Plowman placed fourth in the long jump, and sophomore Sophie Failoni placed fourth in the 3200-meter run.
Failoni also placed seventh in the 800-meter dash in a photo-finish with fast-kicking sophomore Sydnie Julander, who finished eighth.
Sophomore Marisa Orcutt placed seventh in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the 200-meter dash.
Freshman Laurel Clarke placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, and sophomore Zach Jackson placed seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.
Junior Teryn Thatcher placed eighth in the 400-meter dash.
Junior Grady Killian placed sixth in the 3200-meter run with a personal record time, and sophomore Brayden Dearden placed eighth in the same event.
Kemmerer scooped up available points in the relays by placing second in the girls’ 4x100, third in the boys’ 4x100 and 4x400, fourth in the girls’ 4x400 and the boys’ 4x800, and fifth in the boys’ 4x400 with the second team entry.
Other Rangers that set personal records at the meet included juniors Merrick Cooper and Michael Grimes and sophomores Aaron Ortiz and Brayden Dearden.
Other participants for the Rangers included senior Cameron Adams, junior Nate Pinkerton, sophomores Dalan Vang and Nick Carlson, and freshmen Quinten Rosas, Gatlin Shepperd, Aiden Runion, Tommy Skidmore and Treq Winkler.
The Rangers have a young squad with lots of potential to make some noise this year.
They are blessed with an experienced team of coaches in Shawn Rogers, Phil Thatcher, Amanda Aimone, Justin Plowman and Justin Vineyard.
The track girls competed at the Davis Super Meet in Kaysville, Utah, on Tuesday, March 19. The boys competed at the meet on Wednesday, March 20.
The Rangers will travel to Price, Utah, for a meet on March 23.