GREEN RIVER — The Kemmerer Middle School track team traveled to Green River last Thursday and competed against Green River, Rock Springs, Mountain View, Lyman and Farson.
The seventh and eighth grade boys teams each placed second in the overall team standings while the two girls teams placed fifth.
“We had a bunch of personal records for kids even with the wind,” coach Phil Thatcher told the Gazette.
Noah Johnson ran his best times of the year in the 100-meter and 400-meter dashes with times of 12.25 seconds and 58.83 seconds to win both events for the eighth grade boys team. Johnson also long jumped 15 feet 8.5 inches for third place honors.
Louis Failoni shaved 12 seconds off his time in the mile to finish in first at 5:22.47 and also won first place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:32.19. Failoni placed third in the triple jump with his best jump so far of 32 feet 11.75 inches.
Eli Boley triple jumped his way to first place with a leap of 35 feet 11.5 inches. Boley also placed second in the high jump by clearing the bar at 4 feet 10 inches. At a previous meet in Lyman, Boley high jumped 5 feet even and Johnson long jumped 16 feet 11 inches for their bests of the season so far. Blake Nielson placed third in the mile with a time of 5:45.10 and fourth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:40.79. Boley placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with his best time to date of 28.15 seconds.
Jeff Caugherty placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.33 seconds. The eighth grade boys 1600-meter relay team won first with a time of 4:32.73 and the 400-meter relay time placed fourth with a time of 1:03.03.
For the seventh grade boys, Hayden Walker competed in his first meet and scored a first place with a shot put toss of 32 feet 6.25 inches, a second place with a triple jump of 32 feet 4 inches, and a third place with a time of 2:43.70 in the 800-meter dash.
Anthony Tibbetts added 11 feet to his discus throw to win first place with 99 feet even, placed second in the shot put with a toss of 31 feet 9 inches and placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.52 seconds.
Tanner Plowman shaved 2 seconds off his time in the 200-meter dash to win first with 28.25 seconds. Plowman also placed fifth in the triple jump with 30 feet 3 inches.
Plowman’s best triple jump of the year was in Lyman with a 31 foot 8 inch leap. Josh Thatcher scored points with a pair of fifth place finishes in the 200-meter dash at 29.27 seconds and the 400 meter dash at 1:09.19, his best times of the year in both events. The seventh grade boy’s 800-meter relay team placed second with a time of 2:03.28 and the 1600-meter relay team placed fourth with 6:29.21.
Teryn Thatcher won the triple jump for the seventh grade girls team with a jump of 27 feet 5 inches. Brooklyn Hagler placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.45 seconds and placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 35.71 seconds. Melissa Crittenden was close behind in both events with times of 18.79 seconds and 36.34 seconds to secure third and fifth place, respectively. Sammy Butler placed fourth in the mile run with a time of 7:04.29. Hagler also placed fifth with a 100-meter dash of 14.75 seconds. The seventh grade girls 400-meter relay team placed third with a time of 1:00.78.
Coach Thatcher praised his team for its solid performance.
“We saw a great, overall performance,” he said. “The team just had good performances all the way around.”
Kiley Smith scored the only individual points for the eighth grade girl’s team with a long jump of 12 feet 2.5 inches for fifth place honors. The eighth grade girl’s 800-meter relay team placed second.
The teams travel to Evanston on Friday for a meet and will host a meet in Kemmerer on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
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