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By Mark Dykes

Riverton track meet sees several personal records for Bobcats


April 19, 2018

Photo courtesy of Steve Peck/Riverton Ranger Inc.

Jesse Skelton, Jaxson Jensen and Logan Shumway put on the speed at the Riverton track meet.

It was a good weekend in terms of personal records set by the high school tracksters during their meet at Riverton.

For the girls' team, records were made by: McKenna Bomengen with third place finish of 5:46.30 in the 1600 meters, Aspen Jensen with a 25th place time of 14.89 in the 100 meters, Ashley McPhie with a 29th place time of 15.17 in the 100 meters and a 40th place time of 32.65 in the 200 meters, Olivia Weyer with a 28th place time of 1:13.63 in the 400 meters and Dani Pebbles with a 47th place time of 17.36 in the 100 meters.

Overall, the team placed fifth with 38 points.

On the boys' team, personal records included: Logan Cole with a 25th place time of 12.35 in the 100 meters, Logan Shumway with a 68th place time of 13.64 in the 100 meters and a fifth place height of 5'6" in the high jump and Jesse Skelton with a 29th place time 27.40 in the 200 meters.

The team placed 11th with 12 points.

Coach Ernie Mecca said the athletes are putting in hard work, but it also helps to have some beautiful weather to compete. He's hopeful the weather will continue to be nice through the season, at least on competition days.

"We're always tracking their progress," Mecca said, not only for personal records but for automatic qualifiers for state. He added there are a couple kids crowding those qualifiers, including Cole in the shot put, Shumway in the high jump, Becher in the 300 hurdles, Bomengen in the 1600 meters and McDermott in the 800 meters.

This year's team is quite young, with only one senior boy and one senior girl. For many, this is their first year out for track and with spring break and the Powell Invite cancelled due to weather, Riverton is the first competition some of the Bobcats have seen this year.

Mecca said they are working to see which events are the best fit for students and also build the strongest relay teams they can.

Additional girls results from the meet include:

Haley McDermott - 800 meters first 2:35.07, pole vault ninth 7'6"

Pebbles - long jump 42nd 10', shot put 53rd 20'3"

Bomengen - 300 hurdles fifth 53.53

Tahja Hunt - 3200 meters fourth 13:23.77

Aime Robinson - 200 meters 27th 30.95, 300 hurdles seventh 56.57

Aspen Jensen - 200 meters 31st 31.58, 400 meters 18th 1:09.71

Sequoia Fishbaugh - 100 meters 27th 15.06, 200 meters 42nd 32.74

Sesi Jensen - 100 meters 50th 17.83, discus 31st 64'11"

Brianna Devries - 200 meters 20th 30.73, triple jump 14th 25'6"

Dayna Sandberg - 200 meters 28th 30.99, 400 meters 26th 1:12.72

McPhie - 200 meters 40th 32.65, 100 meter hurdles 23rd 22.52, triple jump 13th 27'5"

Olivia Weyer - 400 meters 28th 1:13.63, 800 meters 12th 2:56.84, pole vault ninth 7'6"

Kaylee Devries - 100 meter hurdles 21st 22.10

Halie Weber - shot put 22nd 25'10", discus 46th 58'3"

The 4x100 meter relay team of Kaylee Devries, Sesi Jensen, Brianna Devries and Sandberg placed sixth with a time of 56.87.

The 4x400 meter relay team of McDermott, Bomengen, Aspen Jensen and Sandberg placed second with a time of 4:40.34.

Additional boys results include:

Ethan Becher - 200 meters 20th 25.68, 300 hurdles sixth 44.43

Cole - shot put sixth 41'11", discus 29th 96'

Skelton - 300 meter hurdles 17th 52.61

Kolby George - 400 meters 15th 56.83, 3200 meters eighth 11:30.13

Chance Huffstetler - 100 meters 29th 12.50, 200 meters 35th 26.60, 400 meters 31st 59.10

Sean Miller - 100 meters 50th 13.05, high jump 10th 5'2", long jump 14th 17'9", triple jump 18th 34'8"

Jarron Mortimore - high jump 14th 5'

Taydee Landrum - 100 meters 69th 13.81, 200 meters 58th 29.00, long jump 45th 12'5"

Jaxson Jensen - 200 meters 50th 27.59, 400 meters 46th 1:03.81, triple jump 24th 32'4"

The 4x100 meter relay team of Huffstetler, Cole, Becher and Shumway placed sixth with a time of 49.15.

This week, the high school team is planning for two events with the Riverton Twilight meet on Thursday and a Lovell invite on Saturday. Mecca encourages people to come out and support the middle school and high school teams.


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