PINEDALE – Blue skies and summer-like temperatures made a perfect combination for running, jumping and throwing at the annual Mountain Man Invitational hosted by Pinedale on Friday, April 30.
The Punchers tallied up an impressive 193 points to place fourth, beating Jackson, Farson, Hanna-Elk Mountain and Green River.
On Saturday, May 1, Big Piney fielded a smaller squad at one of the largest track and field events in the state in Riverton featuring 20 teams from across the state. Numerous events included over 100 contestants at the Roy Peck Invitational.
Big Piney boys placed 12th with the girls taking 14th place.
Muriel Jones picked up two first-place ribbons in distance events. The senior won the girls' 1600-meter run, clocking in at 5 minutes, 26.29 seconds, more than a minute faster than the runner-up from Farson.
In the girls' 800-meter run, Jones swept the competition with a time of 2:27.91. Jones played a role in securing a second-place ribbon for the girls' 4x800 team, joining junior Lena Hatch, freshman Julia Hymas and freshman Morgan Brown at 11:27.11.
Freshman Karsyn Gurr made a strong showing in boys' sprints, picking up second place in the 100-meter dash at 11.79 seconds and second in the 200-meter dash at 24.01 seconds.
Throwers continued to perform well at the Mountain Man Invite.
Senior Nathan Maxfield came in second place in the boys' shot put, clearing 41 feet with his throw. Sophomore Thomas Howard secured a second-place ribbon in the discus, measuring in at 114-11. Maxfield placed fourth in boys' discus at 112-11 and Howard took eighth in the shot put at 35-09.
With a toss measured in at 30-08, junior Hanna Hansen placed third in the girls' shot put. She also pulled out a fifth-place finish in girls' discus at 83-04.
Sophomore Hannah Runyan took fifth place in the girls' shot put at 29-06 and seventh in discus at 79-04. Junior Sierra Keiter came in seventh place in shot put, measuring in at 28-11, while fellow junior Zoe Long placed eighth at 27-08 1/2.
Junior Jaron Petty stepped up the intensity in sprint and middle-distance events, snagging a second-place finish in the boys' 400-meter dash at 53.94 seconds. Petty took fourth place in the 100-meter dash at 11.89 seconds.
In the girls' pole vault, senior Jakobi Hibbert came in second place, clearing 7-00.
Jumpers made a mark in hurdling events. Sophomore Shelby Guest placed third in the girls' 300-meter hurdles at 54.03. Guest also grabbed a seventh-place ribbon in the 100-meter hurdles 19.41 seconds.
Hibbert took seventh place in the 300-meter hurdles, timing in at 58.15 seconds.
Sophomore Hunter Fisher took third place in the boys' 300-meter hurdles, finishing in 44.31 seconds. In the 110-meter hurdles, Fisher picked up a fourth-place ribbon at 17.78 seconds. Freshman Jackie Meador took fifth place in the same event at 21.70 seconds.
In the girls' 200-meter dash, senior Torry Taylor placed fourth at 28.41 seconds. Taylor also scored team points with a fifth-place ribbon in the 100-meter dash at 13.68 seconds.
Sophomore Brynne Hoffman represented Big Piney in the 3200-meter run, placing third at 15:50.80.
In other distance events, senior Carlos Munoz took fourth place in the boys' 1600-meter run, finishing in 5:08.29. Sophomore Brandon Jones came in eighth place in the event at 5:34.33.
Freshman Julia Hymas picked up a sixth-place ribbon in the girls' 1600-meter at 7:10.31. Hymas placed fifth in the 800-meter run at 2:59.88 and seventh in the pole vault at 6-00.
Junior J.T. Day made fourth place in the boys' pole vault, clearing 8-00.
Munoz sprinted into third place in the boys' 800-meter, beating 34 other runners with a time of 2:09.77.
Fisher scored points for the Punchers in the boys' 300-meter hurdles, taking fourth in a field of 38 at 43.45 seconds.
Taylor saw another strong day of performances in sprinting and mid-distance events. She placed sixth out of 70 entrants in the girls' 200-meter dash at 29.18 seconds. Taylor picked up a seventh-place ribbon in the 400-meter dash at 1:05.60.
Additional top-20 results – Pinedale
Additional top-20 results – Riverton