by nathan oster
The second meet of the season was almost a mirror image of the first for the Greybull High School track team.
Like the Bill Gerrard Invitational, the Riverside Invite was a small meet with just five teams in the field. One big difference, however, was that this time Lovell, with its 60-plus team members, was in attendance.
“That definitely made it a little more competitive,” said GHS track coach Jeff Sukut, whose boys placed third place and girls captured fourth. The Bulldogs, who are among the top teams in 2A, won both divisions, racking up more than 200 points in both boys and girls competition.
The Buffs had no new automatic state qualifiers and collected one win during the course of the day, that coming in the 1,600-meter relay. The foursome of Calder Forcella, Jesus Burgos, Chris Ogg and Julian Wiley ran a 4:03.6, which was two-tenths of a second slower than the 4:03.2 they ran on their home track in the season opener.
Sukut also praised his young sprinters, including Fabian Davila who ran second to Burlington’s Ben Mancuso in the 100 meters; and fellow freshmen Forcella and Ogg, who were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the event.
“All the times in the running events were a little off,” Sukut said. “The weather started off really nice…but then the wind came up and it got pretty blustery. Definitely not as good of conditions as the first meet.”
The Buffs finished two, three and four in the 400 meters, with Wiley running a 57.69, Forcella a 58.47 and Burgos a 58.52. “Those times should come down,” Sukut said. “When they start running in the 54-55 range, those are decent times (that could place for them down the road).”
Sukut also noted the efforts of two throwers: Oscar Gomez, who finished third in the shot put, and Forcella, who captured third with a personal-best heave in the discus.
The Greybull girls didn’t win any individual events, but Lindsay Kern and McKenna Powers both knocked on the door.
Kern placed second in the shot put, an event in which she AQ’d in week one, while Powers earned seconds in the 800 and the long jump. In the 400, where she AQ’d on her home oval, Powers took fourth. Her time was a little of — but still better than her best clocking from last season, according to Sukut.
The Buffs were scheduled to compete in Worland on Tuesday and are at the Wind River Invitational in Pavilion today. GHS will not attend any meets next week while on spring break, although Sukut said he plans to bring the kids back midweek to practice for the homestretch of the season.
BOYS — Lovell 243, Burlington 103, Greybull 91, Rocky Mt. 40, Riverside 36.
100 METERS — 2, Fabian Davila, 12:35. 5, Calder Forcella, 12.82. 7, Chris Ogg, 12.93.
400 METERS — 2, Julian Wiley, 57.69. 3, Forcella, 58.47. 4, Jesus Burgos, 58.82.
110 HURDLES — 5, Wyatt Good, 18.49. 8, Wyatt Neilson, 22.43.
300 HURDLES — 5, Good, 48.46.
LONG JUMP — 4, Wiley, 17-7.
SHOT PUT — 3, Oscar Gomez, 36-4 ½. 4, Aiden Jenness, 33-11. 7, Brady Shoemaker, 31-10.
DISCUS — 3, Forcella, 105-11. 5, Gomez, 101-7. 6, Logan Jensen, 98. 7, Shoemaker, 95-6.
TRIPLE JUMP — 4, Fabian Davila, 36-7 ½. 8, Burgos, 31-0.
1,600 RELAY — 1, Greybull (……….), 4:03.6.
GIRLS — Lovell 245, Burlington 84, Riverside 51, Greybull 49, Rocky Mt. 15.
200 METERS — 6, McKenzie Bollig, 32.68.
400 METERS — 4, McKenna Powers, 1:05.66.
800 METERS — 2, Powers, 2:48.61.
1,600 METERS — 3, Juliana Mendez, 7:39.58.
LONG JUMP — 2, Powers, 14-1 ¾.
SHOT PUT — 2, Lindsay Kern, 32-1 ¾.
DISCUS — 3, Kern, 87-4.
TRIPLE JUMP — 5, Powers, 29-9 ¼. 8, Bollig, 24-9 ¼.