Fast start for Buff track teams

by nathan oster

Even shorthanded, the Greybull High School girls had enough firepower to win their division in Saturday’s season-opening Bill Gerrard Invitational on the local oval.

“Pretty good way to start,” said Coach Jeff Sukut, who didn’t have boys and girls who were otherwise occupied in FBLA and speech activities. “It’s been awhile since we’ve taken first place at our invitational.

“Our underclassmen on the girls side really came through.”

A pair of freshman claimed the team’s only individual wins.

Brea Terry topped a field of four other runners to win the 800, finishing in 2:37.82.   She’s made it a habit in her career of breaking the tape. At GMS, she owns the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade records in the event.

“Her conditioning, like everyone else’s, isn’t even close to where it needs to be yet,” said Sukut. “But she did a really good job and I think she has a chance (to qualify for state).”

At the very least, she’ll join with returning state qualifier Sydney Eckman to form a formidable 1-2 punch in the event.

The other winner for the GHS girls was Lindsey Mills, who took first in the 100-meter hurdles. She ran a 19.81, nearly a second faster than her closest pursuer.

Sukut said the performance of the 400-meter relay team was also a highlight. For the first meet, it was made up of Bailee Foster, Terry, Brittany Ogg and Sydney Tschiffely. They won the race, finishing in 56.48, just under two seconds off the state-qualifying standard.

“We’ll get it,” predicted Sukut.

Florina Villegas also made a run at the state-qualifying standard (32-9) in the shot put, finishing second with a heave of 31-5. The winning throw went 31-8 ½.   Villegas was also second in the discus, throwing 78-1.

The Greybull girls finished the meet with 104 points. Shoshoni was second with 97, followed by Ten Sleep with 89, Wind River with 57, Burlington with 54, Rocky Mountain with 45, Riverside with 21 and St. Stephens with 15.

The boys team, also missing a number of contributors, placed third with 163 points. Shoshoni won it with 206, followed by Rocky Mountain with 174. Burlington was fourth with 107, followed by Riverside with 103, Wind River with 94, Ten Sleep with 90 and St. Stephens with 46.

Brock Hill, a freshman, turned in the team’s top finish, taking second in the mile in 5:34.34. He was also fifth in the discus.

“I’d say that overall, the times and the distances were pretty good for this time of the year,” said Sukut.”

He said the team’s depth was an asset on the opening weekend.

“It was a decent-sized meet and we had a lot of kids who placed third, fourth of fifth … and those help a track team a ton as far as extra points are concerned,” he said.

“Overall, I was proud of the girls and proud of the boys. We are a long way from our peak performances. We just have to keep our noses to the grindstone and keep moving forward.”

The Buffs will try to do just that today (Thursday, March 24) when they host a dual with Riverside. The start time has been set for 4:30 p.m.

The meet will take the place of the Wind River Invitational. Originally set for Saturday, March 26, it was cancelled due to problems with the track in Pavillion.

Sukut said the forecast for today’s dual is questionable, but that it’ll proceed, if at all possible. With spring break coming up next week, the team won’t be going to a meet at all.

After today, the Buffs’ next scheduled meet is the Husky Invitational April 9 in Burlington.

 

BOYS: Shoshoni 206, Rock Mountain 174, Greybull 163, Burlington 107, Riverside 103, Wind River 94, Ten Sleep 90, St. Stephens 46.

100 METERS — 8, Braeden Tracy, 12.59.

110 HURDLES — 7, Cesar Sosa, 20.14.

1,600 METERS — 2, Brock Hill, 5:34.34.

200 METERS — 5, Braeden Tracy, 25.88. 6, Dawson McEwan, 26.35.

300 HURDLES — 6, Cade Dooley, 49.66. 7, Cesar Sosa, 51.99.

DISCUS — 5, Brock Hill, 86-4. 6, Elias Ewen, 82-3.

HIGH JUMP — 4, Cade Dooley, 5-7.

LONG JUMP — 3, Dawson McEwan, 17-9. 4, Cade Dooley, 17-3.

SHOT PUT — 3, Elias Ewen, 37-3 ½. 5, Gerardo Corral, 30-10.

TRIPLE JUMP — 6, Cesar Sosa, 32-3 ½.

 

GIRLS: Greybull 104, Shoshoni 97, Ten Sleep 89, Wind River 57, Burlington 54, Rocky Mountain 45, Riverside 21, St. Stephens 15.

100 METERS — 3, Bailee Foster, 14.61. 5, Sydney Tschiffely, 14.79.

100 HURDLES — 1, Lindsey Mills, 19.81.

1,600 METERS — 7, Paige Flock, 6:57.68.

200 METERS — 3, Bailee Foster, 30.36. 4, Sydney Tschiffely, 30.92. 6, Lindsey Mills, 32.26.

800 METERS — 1, Brea Terry, 2:37.82. 4, Paige Flock, 3:05.86.

DISCUS — 2, Florina Villegas, 78-1. 3, Joslyn Alonzo, 70-5.

HIGH JUMP — 2, Brea Terry, 4-6.

LONG JUMP — 4, Sydney Tschiffely, 12-7 ½.

SHOT PUT — 2, Florina Villegas, 31-5.

TRIPLE JUMP — 4, Brea Terry, 29-3. 6, Brittany Ogg, 27-8.

400 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 56.48.