by nathan oster
Windy and cold best describes Friday’s Riverside Invitational.
But another adjective — memorable — also applies for members of the GHS track team.
While there were no new state qualifiers, several Buffs posted personal best times and distances at the meet, which attracted 10 teams, most of them small schools with the exception of Powell, Lovell and Cody, which sent mostly JV athletes.
Coach Jeff Sukut said the wind was a factor throughout and that by meet’s end, it had reached the point that he was leaving it up to his athletes to decide whether to compete.
“We scratched some of the kids,” he said. “That type of day, you don’t want to sustain any injuries.”
Sukut said several athletes rose to meet the challenge, setting personal records.
The list included:
- Serenity Kinswoman, who cut 15 seconds off her time in the 800 meters, finishing seventh in 3:24.
- Tyler Dixon, who was fifth in the 1,600 meters in a time of 5:39.81. His previous best was a 5:42. “He continues to come on,” said Sukut. “He’s a hard-working kid.”
- Aftin DeRosa soared to victory in the long jump, leaping 15-4 1/2 inches. Not only was it a season best, but the effort also puts her among the contenders for a spot in the Wyoming Track Classic. She currently sits in 10th place, the last qualifying position. Her personal record in the event is 15-7, which she posted at last year’s state meet.
- Brea Terry set a personal record in the triple jump, going 30-9 ¾ inches, good for third.
- Emma Hunt (22-7 ½) and Marisela Burgos (22-3 ¾) also set personal records in the event.
- McKenzie Mazur bettered her personal record in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 9 inches and placing second. She and Pepper Lewis of Rocky Mountain waged quite a duel. Lewis eventually won, clearing 4-10. Sukut said Mazur came close — and would have, too, had she attempted it on the jump she used to clear 4-9. “She was way over the bar on that one,” he said.
- Gerardo Corral, a freshman, set a personal best in the shot put, throwing 32-5 ½. That was more than a foot further than his previous record.
- Ashlyn Ewen also showed improvement in the shot put, bettering her PR by nearly a foot from 20-6 to 21-4.
- Joslyn Alonzo added seven feet to her personal best in the discus, throwing 68 feet.
The day’s other highlight came in the 400-meter relay, where the Greybull girls topped a field of four teams, finishing in a time of 57.68. That foursome included Brea Terry, Bailee Foster, Sydney Tschiffeley and McKenzie Mazur.
The Powell JV won the boys division, tallying 105 points. Greybull was seventh with 35.
The Greybull girls were more competitive, finishing second with 79.5 points. Only Powell, with 104, scored more.
Sukut said he was proud of his athletes for all the personal records they set on such a difficult day to compete. He added that the team is on track, “about where we have been in years past,” as the homestretch of the season nears.
GHS will be sending athletes to the Lovell Invitational on Saturday.
After that just two regular season meets remain before the regional meet in Lander.
BOYS DIVISION — Powell 105, Riverside 81, Lovell 78.5, Cody 72, Rocky Mountain 71, Meeteetse 35.5, Greybul 35, Western Heritage 28, Burlington 24.
100 METERS — 3, Braeden Tracy, 12.77.
1,600 METERS — 5, Tyler Dixon, 5:39.81.
110 HURDLES — 4, Cesar Sosa, 20.86.
300 HURDLES — 3, Cade Dooley, 51.47.
TRIPLE JUMP — 4, Cade Dooley, 36-5.
HIGH JUMP — 4, Cade Dooley, 5-7.
SHOT PUT — 4, Elias Ewen, 37-8.
GIRLS DIVISION — Powell 104, Greybull 79, Rocky Mountain 72.5, Ten Sleep 66, Lovell 61.5, Cody 47, Western Heritage 44, Meeteetse 31.5, Burlington 25, Riverside 22.
100 METERS — 6, Sydney Tschiffely, 15.55.
400 METERS — 3, McKenzie Mazur, 1:11.53.
800 METERS — 5, Paige Flock, 3:18.0. 7, Serenity Kinswoman, 3:20.91.
1,600 METERS — 6, Paige Flock, 6:49.24. 8, Serenity Kinswoman, 7:21.59.
300 HURDLES — 3, Brittany Ogg, 1:05.17.
LONG JUMP — 1, Aftin DeRosa, 15-4 ½. 4, McKenzie Mazur, 14-5 ½.
TRIPLE JUMP — 3, Brea Terry, 30-9 ¾. 5, Brittany Ogg, 28-8 ¾.
HIGH JUMP — 2, McKenzie Mazur, 4-9. 5, Brea Terry, 4-6.
SHOT PUT — 2, Florina Villegas, 30-3 ½.
400 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 57.68.