Buffs face tough competition in Powell

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs set a number of personal records and eclipsed some state qualifying standards as well in action at Friday’s Burlington Invitational and at Saturday’s LA Kohnke Invitational in Powell.

With more 3A athletes competing in Powell, the Buffs fared better scoring-wise in Burlington, where the boys collected 74.5 points, good for fifth place, and the girls landed in sixth with 40 team points.

In Powell, McKenna Powers scored all 18 of Greybull’s points in the girls division, good for seventh place, while the boys landed in fifth place with 32 team points, trailing on Powell, Cody, Lovell and Thermopolis.

Coach Jeff Sukuk called it a good weekend for his team.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re about at the halfway point of the season and times are coming down and the distances on our jumps and throws are improving.  We still have a ways to go, but we’re making progress.

The weather certainly helped, as Friday, in particular, was a great day for track.

“When it’s ideal like that, it helps bring out the best in all the athletes,” said Sukut.

In Burlington, the Buffs got wins from Kyler Flock in the 100 and 400 meters, Ryan Sylvester in the long jump and McKenna Powers in the 300-meter hurdles.  No Buffs were victorious in Powell, with Flock (second in the 100) and Powers (second in the 300 hurdles) coming closest.

Other individual highlights from the boys division listed by Sukut are as follows:

• Kyler Flock and Alex Hebb posted AQ times in Burlington, with Flock running an 11.21 to place first and Hebb running an 11.34 which was good for second.  Also posting personal bests in that event for GHS were Ryan Sylvester (11.81), Calder Forcella (11.93) Dustin Fox (11.96), Dawson McEwan (12.74), Dylan McEwan (12.39), Mason Stebner (13.52) and Dante Sylvester (14.45).

“It was a fast track,” said Sukut..

• Sylvester AQ’d and placed first in the long jump, going 20-1 ½.

• Clancy Stoffers, “an up and coming runner,” placed third in the 1,600 in Burlington and third in the 3,200 meters in Powell.  “He’s running well,” said Sukut.

• Calder Forcella placed third in Burlington and seventh in Powell in the shot put while teammates Elias Ewen (30-4), Logan Jensen (37-2), Nick Murdoch (23-9) and Jake Harrold (22-1) all posted personal bests.

• It was a similar story in the discus, as again Forcella led the charge placing second in Burlington and fifth in Powell.  Logan Jensen added a sixth in Burlington while teammates Nick Murdoch and Elias Ewen turned in personal bests.

• Greybull’s 400-meter relay team didn’t run in Burlington and dropped the baton in Powell.

• The 1,600-meter relay team placed third in Burlington.  The foursome of Dawson and Dylan McEwan, Cade Dooley and Dustin Fox shaved more than 10 seconds off their time, finishing in 4:04.

• Cesar Sosa jumped a personal-best 33 feet in the triple jump.

Meanwhile, Powers continues to shine for the GHS girls.  She placed in all four of her events at both meets.  Her only win came in the 300 hurdles in Burlington, where she ran an 50.18.  She had previously qualified for state in the event.

Powers also ran a personal best in the 200, finishing in 28.46, and came within a second of posting an AQ in her first-ever go in the 100-meter hurdles.  She placed fifth in 18.71 in Burlington and fifth in 18.17 in Powell.

In other highlights from the girls division:

• Sydney Eckman placed second and ran a personal best 1:08.08 in the 400 meters in Burlington.  She placed 10th — two spots out of the medals — in Powell.

• In the field events, Hannah Good set a personal record in both the long jump (11-10 ¼) and shot put (26-0) and Alex Foster PR’d in both the shot put (20-5) and discus (40-9).

The Buffs were scheduled to compete at Rocky Mountain on Tuesday and at the Wind River Invitational today as they close out the pre-spring break portion of their schedule.  They will return to action at the April 26 Lovell Invitational.

From there it’s on to the Meeteetse Invitational on May 2.  That same day, several Buffs could be competing at the Wyoming Track Classic in Casper.  As of this week, Kyler Flock, Alex Hebb and McKenna Powers were in contention for those spots, based  upon the times they have already posted this season.



Boys team scores: Lovell 171, Rocky Mt. 134, Burlington 80, Shoshoni 76.5, Greybull 74.5, Riverside 51.5, Meeteetse 20, Western Heritage 1.

110 HURDLES — 8, Wyatt Nielson, 20.11.

100 METERS — 2, Alex Hebb, 11.34.  4, Kyler Flock, 11.5.

1600 METERS — 3, Clancy Stoffers, 5:37.38.

400 METERS — 1, Kyler Flock, 55.87.  7, Dylan McEwan, 1:02.34.

300 HURDLES — 7, Cesar Sosa, 52.43.  8, Wyatt Nielson, 53.55.

1,600 RELAY — 3, Greybull, 4:04.41.

HIGH JUMP — 6, Cade Dooley, 5-6.

SHOT PUT — 3, Calder Forcella, 40-8 ½.

DISCUS — 2, Calder Forcella, 125-0.  6, Logan Jensen, 112-7 ½.

TRIPLE JUMP — 7, Ryan Sylvester, 38-9.

LONG JUMP — 1, Ryan Sylvester, 20-1 ½.  7, Alex Hebb, 18-7.

Girls team scores: Lovell 164, Shoshoni 85, Burlington 75.5, Rocky Mt. 68.5, Meeteetse 42, Greybull 40, Western Heritage 34, Riverside 13, Ten Sleep 1.

100 HURDLES — 5, McKenna Powers, 18.71.

400 METERS — 2, Sydney Eckman, 1:08.08.

300 HURDLES — 1, McKenna Powers, 50.18.

200 METERS — 2, McKenna Powers, 28.46.

SHOT PUT — 5, Hannah Good, 26-0.

TRIPLE JUMP — 3, McKenna Powers, 30-9 ½.



Girls team scores: Powell 166.5, Cody 141.5, Lovell 120.5, Worland 85.5, Thermopolis 32.5, Meeteetse 27.5, Greybull 18, Ten Sleep 4.

200 METERS — 6, McKenna Powers, 29.24.

100 HURDLES — 5, McKenna Powers, 18.17.

300 HURDLES — 2, McKenna Powers, 51.06.

TRIPLE JUMP — 6, McKenna Powers, 31-2.

Boys team scores: Powell 249, Cody 150, Lovell 79, Thermopolis 47, Greybull 32, Meeteetse 31, Worland 10.

100 METERS — 2, Kyler Flock, 11.65.  5, Alex Hebb, 11.96.

200 METERS — 3, Kyler Flock, 23.96.

3,200 METERS — 3, Clancy Stoffers, 12.03.29.

LONG JUMP — 7, Ryan Sylvester, 18-7.

SHOT PUT — 7, Calder Forcella, 40-4.

DISCUS — 5, Calder Forcella, 128-2.