Track team shows well in Evanston, Logan meets

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EVANSTON — The Kemmerer High track squad traveled to Evanston and Logan last week and produced some outstanding individual results. The Evanston meet featured athletes from across southwest Wyoming but that did not deter the thin-clads from K-town.

The Logan meet featured schools from three states with close to a hundred entrants per event, but the competition only proved to bring the best out of the squad. In both meets, points were scarce but overall the team showed some really bright spots.

Evanston meet

Tanner Plowman had a field day in Evanston. He placed fourth in the high jump with a personal best jump of 5 feet 7 inches and placed sixth in the triple jump with another personal best mark of 40 feet 2.5 inches. 

The sophomore’s time of 11.81 seconds in the 100-meter dash was also a personal best and fell short of state prequalification by a mere four-hundredths of a second. He also placed eighth in the long jump.

Lukas Mathews placed first in the 3200-meter run and Louis Failoni placed first in the 1600 meter. In the 800-meter dash, Mathews was fourth and Failoni was fifth. Failoni also finished tenth in the triple jump.

The throwers had a great day as Anthony Tibbetts placed second in the shotput with a personal best throw of 42 feet even.

Colton Rydstrom finished in third place and freshman Easton Rydstrom threw a personal best in the event but did not score.In the discus, Colton placed fifth and Easton threw another personal best at 75 feet 4.5 inches. Jeydon Boyd threw a personal best of 90 feet 10 inches, placing 12th, just out of the scoring.

JT Van der Zalm scored a seventh place finish in the high jump for the boys. He also ran well in the 100-meter dash at 12.44 seconds and the 200 meter at 26.01 seconds. Anthony Tibbetts and freshman Merrick Cooper scored personal bests in the 100-meter dash at 12.47 and 13.88 seconds, respectively. For the girls, Teryn Thatcher placed third in the 400-meter dash and eighth in the triple jump.

Logan meet

Lukas Mathews scorched the track in the 3200-meter run at Logan, Utah. The senior’s time of 10:35.25 prequalified him for the state track meet and ranks fourth best in school history for the event.

He now only trails Geoff Vickrey (1985), Jason Mower (1998) and Mike Kjar (1995).  He placed 21st in a very strong field.

Louis Failoni placed 15th in the 800-meter dash and 19th in the mile. The 4x800 meter relay team of Mathews, John Caugherty, Nick Vineyard and Failoni placed third in an eight-team field.

Tanner Plowman placed seventh in the triple jump. In the shotput, Colton Rydstrom placed 11th out of 93 contestants.

Freshman Quin Tibbetts threw a personal best 35 feet 9 inches in the same event. Cyrus Skidmore ran a personal best time of 30.51 seconds in the 200-meter dash and Brennan Starr ran his best time to date in the 400 meter at 62.21 seconds.

Sammi Butler ran a personal best time of 5:48.84 in the 1600 meter to prequalify for state in the event. The mark placed her 15th among 60 contestants.

Butler also ran personal best times in the 800 meter run at 2:37.53 for 15th and in the 400-meter dash at 1:05.78.

Teryn Thatcher also ran her best times in the same two events at 2:49.51 and 1:09.33, respectively.

Freshman Callie Bosch had her best throws to date in both the shotput and discus at 27 feet even and 49 feet 4.5 inches, respectively. Fellow freshman Charity Chamberlain also threw a personal best in the shotput at 21 feet 6.5 inches. Kaylee Hagler ran the 100 meters in 16.01 seconds, another best.

The squad is scheduled to travel to Star Valley and either Green River or Morgan, Utah, this week.

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