Punchers sweep Regional Track gold

SHOSHONI – Dominating running, jumping and throwing events, the Big Piney track and field team trounced the competition with a clean sweep at the 2022 2A West Regional Track Meet in Shoshoni on May 13-14.

The Puncher girls captured first place, scoring a whopping 173 points, beating the runner-up, Wind River, by 78 points. The boys also snapped up first place, tallying 170 points, overtaking Rocky Mountain High School by 33 points.

The top eight advanced to the State Track and Field Championships in Casper on May 19-21, in addition to the athletes who have already prequalified.

Junior Colby Jenks swept each event he entered. Clocking in at 50.49 seconds in the boys’ 400-meter finals, he beat the second-place finisher from Wind River by more than a quarter of a second to take first place.

In the 800-meter finals, Jenks pulled ahead by around 11 seconds to win at 2 minutes, 1.20 seconds. The 1600-meter finals proved a close race for the top spot, with Jenks seizing first place by 6 seconds at 4:37.04.

Jenks came in first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40 seconds.

Junior Shelby Guest earned gold in the in the finals for the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 17.11 seconds and beating the runner-up from Rocky Mountain by a wide 0.26-second margin.

Edging out the competition by more than 2 seconds, freshman Jolynn Jones won the girls’ 1600-meter finals, timing in at 5:41.80.

Freshman Micah Strong took gold in the girls’ 800-meter finals in a neck-and-neck race against Jones. Strong finished first at 2:36.81, with Jones close on her heels in second place at 2:38.54.

In throwing events, junior Hannah Runyan bagged first place in the girls’ shot put, hitting a mark of 34 feet, 3 1/4 inches, 2 feet, 8 inches ahead of the second-place finisher from St. Stephens.

Fellow junior Thomas Howard scooped up first place in the boys’ discus, clearing 113 feet, snagging the top spot on the leaderboard by nearly 6 feet.

Pulling ahead of the pack in the finals for the boys’ 110-meter hurdle, junior Hunter Fisher came in first place with a time of 15.94 seconds.

Multiple relay teams achieved gold at Regionals. Guest, sophomore Morgan Brown, Jones and Strong beat Wyoming Indian by 18 seconds to capture first place at 4:36.98 in the girls’ 4x400-meter relay.

Leaving Wyoming Indian in the dust in the girls' 4x800-meter relay, Jones, Brown, freshman Emma York and Strong won by 40 seconds, timed in at 10:47.74.

The boys’ 4x400-meter team beat Greybull by 18 seconds to score first place. Seniors Jaron Petty, Thomas Barron, Carson Kline and Fisher hit a mark of 3:39.52.

Top-eight highlights

Guest picked up silver in both the girls’ 400-meter finals, at 1:06.57, and the 300-meter hurdles, at 50.80 seconds.

York raced into second place in the girls’ 3200-meter run with a time of 13:02.33. She also placed third in the 800-meter finals, at 2:43.91, and earned bronze in the 1600-meter at 6:04.07.

Cline finished second in the boys’ triple jump, clearing 39 feet, 11 inches. He scored team points in the 100-meter dash, taking seventh place at 12.40 seconds, and an eighth-place finish in the 200 meter at 25.52 seconds.

Earning silver in the 300-meter hurdles, Fisher crossed the finish line in 41.79 seconds. He came in sixth place in the 200-meter finals at 25.24 seconds.

Petty secured bronze in three events. Timing in at 11.94 seconds, he placed third in the boys’ 100-meter finals. He finished third in the 200-meter finals, at 24.44 seconds, and the 400 meter, clocked in at 52.99 seconds.

Sophomore Julia Hymas snapped up bronze in the girls’ pole vault finals with a mark measured in at 6-06. She placed fifth in the 1600-meter run, timing in at 6:25.64, and seventh in the 800, at 2:53.08.

In the girls’ discus, Runyan pulled into third place, clearing 91 feet, 6 inches. Howard scored bronze in the boys’ shot put with a mark of 37 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Junior Brynne Hoffman finished fourth in the girls’ 3200-meter, clocked in at 14:33.03.

Senior Sierra Keiter took fourth in the girls’ shot put marked at 29 feet, 11 1/4 inches. In the discus, Keiter bagged seventh place at 83 feet, 10 inches.

Hitting a mark of 14.38 seconds, Strong placed fourth in the girls’ 100-meter finals at 14.38 seconds.

Senior J.T. Day took fourth place in the boys’ pole vault, clearing 11 feet.

Sophomore Taylor Cary came in fifth place in the girls’ discus with a toss measured at 84 feet, 10 inches. She placed sixth in shot put at 28 feet, 5 inches.

Brown snapped up fifth place in the girls’ 300-meter hurdle finals with a time of 58.19 seconds. In the 100-meter hurdles, she finished in sixth place at 20.38 seconds.

Clocking in at 1:11.98, freshman Addison Losik captured fifth place in the girls’ 400-meter finals. She placed eight in the long jump at 12 feet, 8 3/4 inches.

Freshman Kelby Staley scored a fifth-place finish in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at 19.34 seconds. He took sixth place in both the 300-meter hurdles, at 47.55 seconds, and the 800-meter run, at 2:20.12.

With a toss measured in at 34 feet, 6 1/4 inches, senior Seth Stoutenburg came in fifth place in the boys’ shot put. He placed sixth in discus with a mark of 98 feet, 1 inch.

Junior Brandon Jones secured fifth place in the boys’ 3200-meter, finishing with a time of 12:00.15. He took sixth place in the pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches.

In the boys’ shot put, senior Brayden Hymas picked up seventh place, marked at 34 feet, 2 1/2 inches.

Freshman Ben Ferguson placed seventh in the boys’ 1600-meter, at 5:21.30, and eighth in the 3200-meter run at 12:22.15.

Timing in at 23.49 seconds, sophomore Jackie Meador placed seventh in the boys’ 110-meter hurdles at 23.69 seconds.

Freshman Charleigh Smith took seventh place in the girls’ shot put, clearing 28 feet, 4 3/4 inches.

Senior Anton Vickrey finished seventh in boys’ pole vault at 8 feet, 6 inches. Junior Hampton Jones placed eighth in the event at 8 feet.

Rounding out the top-eight finishes, senior Ceci Sambrano placed eighth in both the 100-meter hurdles, at 22.55 seconds, and 300-meter hurdles, at 1:04.64.

Additional relay highlights

Sambrano, senior Lena Hatch, Losik and Hoffman earned bronze in the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay with a time of 5:34.42.

Finishing the 4x800-meter relay in 9:28.77, Staley, Meador, Ferguson and Brandon Jones took third place.

Senior Zoe Long, Smith, freshman Addison Statham and Losik came in fourth place in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay at 1:02.79. Barron, Howard, freshman Caden Clifford and junior Wiley Smith placed fourth in the boys’ 4x100 relay at 49.13 seconds.

Timed in at 4:18.50, Barron, Clifford, junior Braunsn Smith and Ferguson captured fifth place in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay.

Additional girls’ results

  • 100-meter prelims: Long in 12th at 16.05 and Smith in 13th at 16.28.
  • 200-meter prelims: Sambrano in 10th place at 33.40, Statham in 14th at 34.00 and Hatch in 15th at 34.02.
  • 400-meter prelims: Hatch in 11th at 1:18.57.
  • 1600-meter finals: Hoffman in 10th at 6:46.75.
  • 3200-meter finals: Hymas in ninth at 15:26.19.
  • 100-hurdles prelims: Statham in ninth at 22.66.
  • 300-hurdles prelimes: Sambrano in eighth at 1:01.05 and Statham in ninth at 1:05.26.
  • Long jump finals: Smith in 14th at 10-11 1/2 and Long in 16th at 10-03 1/2.
  • Discus finals: Hatch in 12th place at 70-10.

Additional boys’ results

  • 100-meter prelims: Wiley Smith in 11th at 13.15 and Vickrey in 12th at 13.29.
  • 200-meter prelims: Barron in 12th place at 25.92.
  • 400-meter prelims: Braunsn Smith in 13th at 1:02.56 and Riley Talmadge in 15th at 1:04.61.
  • 800-meter finals: Meador in 14th at 2:34.36 and A.J. Cunningham in 16th at 2:44.66.
  • 1600-meter finals: Brandon Jones in ninth at 5:29.93.
  • 300-hurdles prelims: Meador in 10th at 51.21 seconds.
  • Long jump finals: Hampton Jones in ninth at 15-05 3/4, Wiley Smith in 14th at 14-07 1/4, Day in 15th at 14-03 and Cunningham in 17th at 14-00.
  • Triple jump finals: Day in 11th at 30-03 1/2.
  • Shot put finals: D.J. Varela in 10th at 31-11 1/2.
  • Discus: Hymas in ninth at 92-01 and Varela in 12th at 85-00.
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