By Jack Holt
Gazette Associate Editor
PINEDALE — The KHS Rangers went to Pinedale on Thursday, May 1, coming off a weeklong break.
The team faced warmer weather but a slight breeze going into the meet. The wind helped those running in shorter races but, according to coach Josey Allen, the breeze was a cause for slower times in the longer runs.
Katie Schulthess had an all-time best time off 13.8 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a season best time of 28.81 seconds in the 200-meter dash. This contributed seven points to the KHS girls team’s overall score.
Rexanna Kelly had a first place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:47.01. Joni Stetzenbach had a six-place finish and Ali Miller had an eighth place finish with times of 3:06.07 and 3:07.95 respectively, with the three girls netting a total of 14 points for the team.
Joni Stetzenbach had a fourth place finish in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:51.26, right behind third place finisher MaKenzi Crittenden who had a time of 6:38.31.
Destinee Nielson placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.7 seconds with Amber Mackie following her with an eighth place finish. She had a time of 18.53 seconds. The girls added six more points to the team’s overall score.
The Kemmerer girls 4x100-meter relay team of MaKenzi Crittenden, Rexanna Kelly, Destinee Nielson, and Katie Schulthess placed fourth in the event adding five more points. The 4x400-meter relay team of Abby Larson, Hannah Nielson, Hannah Webster and MaKenzi Crittenden placed third in that event adding six more points as well.
The 4x800-meter relay team of MaKenzi Crittenden, Joni Stetzenbach, Kolbi Martin, and Rexanna Kelly placed second and added eight more points to the team’s score with a time of 11:38.08.
Destinee Nielson took third place in pole-vaulting with a height of six feet, three inches and added six more points. According to coach Allen, Nielson hasn’t had a lot of time competing in the pole-vaulting event this season.
“Destinee hasn’t seen a lot of pole-vaulting time this season,” he said. “Whether it’s competitions that don’t have the event or not, it was good for her to finally be able to participate in the event.”
Amy Ogle placed third in the shot put and fourth in the discus throw with distances of 32 feet 3.5 inches and 90 feet 9.5 inches, respectively. Coach Allen was impressed with her performance.
“This was the performance we’ve been waiting for,” he said. “She really found the switch and really turned it on.”
The girls team ended the day with a fourth place finish overall, thanks the 77 points they racked up.
Members of the boys team had stellar performances as well.
Bobby Webster took fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.88 seconds. He would add four points to the boys’ score. Zach Reed continued the point-scoring trend with two points earned during his seventh place finish in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.78 seconds.
Brennan Starr placed sixth in 800-meter run with a time of 2:39.73. He would score three points for the boys.
Garrett Walton had a final time of 5:28.20 in the 1,600-meter run, netting three points and finishing in sixth place as well.
Connor Bateman, Austin Sawaya, and Jackson Chaulk would take sixth, seventh and eighth with times of 21.14 seconds, 22.95 seconds, and 23.81 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. They would add six more points to the team’s total.
Bateman would finish in eighth as well with a time of 50.44 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, adding another point to the total score. Sawaya and Chaulk finished tenth and eleventh in the same event with times of 54.23 and 54.28 respectively.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Jordan Banister, JT Van Der Zalm, Brennan Starr, and Sean Starr scored five points with their fourth place finish.Jordan Banister had a high jump of five feet eight inches, scoring ten points and finishing first. Dylan McCloud and Connor Bateman tied for sixth place with heights of five feet two inches. They scored four points total. JT Van Der Zalm had a height of five feet two inches, placing ninth.
Bobby Webster scored a second place finish and eight points in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet 7.5 inches.
Dylan McCloud had a personal best in the triple jump with a distance of 36 feet six inches. Overall coach Allen was impressed with the boys’ performances.
“They’ve done really well despite being a young team,” he said. “You wouldn’t see it in the points but the boys continue to improve each week.”
The boys finished the meet in seventh place with 50 points.
The team went to Mountain View on Tuesday, May 6, for the closest thing to a home meet they’ll have this season.
The team will finish out the regular season on Saturday, May 10, in Lander. Look for the results of those meets in next week’s Kemmerer Gazette.