Powers, Forcella pace Buffs at Thermop
by nathan oster
McKenna Powers placed in three of her four individual events, Calder Forcella captured third in the discus and Wyatt Good added an eighth in the 300-meter hurdles to account for the Greybull scoring at Friday afternoon’s Bobcat Invitational in Thermopolis.
The Buffs placed 18th out of 21 teams in the girls division and 19th out of 22 teams in the boys division. Powell and Lovell took home the girls and boys team titles, respectively.
“It was a tough meet,” said Coach Jeff Sukut, estimating that more than 500 athletes attended.
One week earlier, the Buffs turned in 25 personal-record performances.
They didn’t see that same across-the-board productivity in Thermopolis.
“In some areas, we made progress,” he said. “In others, we lost a little ground.”
Powers was the day’s top performer. The junior accounted for all nine of Greybull’s team points in the girls division. Her best effort came in the 400 meters, where she placed third in a time of 1 minute, 5:52 seconds. It was her best time of the year in the event.
Powers didn’t run her best time in the 800 meters, but she didn’t need it, earning a seventh with a time of 2:46.46. She rounded out the scoring with an eighth in the triple jump, turning in “one of her best jumps of the year,” a 31-3 1/4-foot effort.
In other girls division highlights, Sukut noted that Mackenzie Bollig, Aftin DeRosa, Britney Fink and Sydney Eckman all ran pesonal-best times in the 100 meters. DeRosa finished 20th, Bollig 23rd, Eckman 28th and Fink 29th.
Sukut said Lynae McBride also shaved several seconds off her best time in the 400 meters.
Forcella accounted for six of the seven Greybull team points in the boys division. His throw, 125-4, wasn’t a personal best, but ranked third overall and second among 2A throwers in Thermopolis.
Wyatt Good scored the other team point, running a 45.99 to earn an eighth in the 300 hurdles.
Greybull’s 400-meter relay team, which has already qualified for state, had an off day. Dylan Brenner missed the meet due to illness. Jake LaFollette ran in his place. The team didn’t finish the race, as they were disqualified due to a bad handoff.
Among non placers, Sukut said Kyler Flock had “a good day,” running personal-bests in the 100 and 400 meters; Treston Tracy improved by almost 4 feet in the shot put and Herme Mendez and Jarrod Johnson each shaved several seconds off their personal bests in the 1,600 meters.
The Buffs should enjoy more individual and team success this weekend at the Longhorn Invitational in Meeteetse. There won’t be as many teams, for one thing. And there certainly won’t be as many big schools.
Sukut said he expects the tempo of practices this week to be “upbeat” before “gliding into the tapering process” next week.
BOYS – Lovell 63.25, Powell 60, Lander 60, Riverton 58.5, Wind River 56, Big Piney 53.5, Pinedale 40, Dubois 39, Shoshoni 38.5, Thermopolis 34.25, Wyoming Indian 32, Worland 27, Cody 23, Meeteetse 20, Rocky Mt. 15.25, Ten Sleep 9, Burlington 8, Riverside 8, Greybull 7, Cody 6, Farson 2.25, Powell 1.5.
300 HURDLES – 8, Wyatt Good, 45.99.
DISCUS – 3, Calder Forcella, 125-4.
GIRLS – Powell 89, Thermopolis 83.33, Dubois 47, Big Piney 46.33, Worland 42.83, Pinedale 39.83, Shoshoni 33, Lander 32, Lovell 31, Riverton 28, Cody 28, Meeteetse 27, Western Heritage 24.33, Ten Sleep 23, Riverside 16, Burlington 14, Farson 10, Greybull 9, Wind River 8.33, Wyoming Indian 8, Rocky Mt. 6.
400 METERS – 3, McKenna Powers, 1:05.52.
800 METERS – 7, Powers, 2:46.46.
TRIPLE JUMP – 8, Powers, 31-3 3/4.