KHS track and field teams compete at Schroeder Meet of Hope

By Don Cogger, Gazette Sports Editor
Posted 4/9/24

Working against 40-50 mph winds for most of the afternoon, the Kemmerer High School track and field teams nonetheless turned in some solid performances at Friday’s Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope in …

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KHS track and field teams compete at Schroeder Meet of Hope

Ranger Brent Erickson placed 12th in the high jump at Friday’s Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope in Rock Springs.
Ranger Brent Erickson placed 12th in the high jump at Friday’s Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope in Rock Springs.

Working against 40-50 mph winds for most of the afternoon, the Kemmerer High School track and field teams nonetheless turned in some solid performances at Friday’s Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope in Rock Springs.

The Rangers placed seventh overall as a team, while the Lady Rangers placed eighth; 16 athletes set new personal bests, with a handful hitting state qualifying marks.

“It was a good meet for us – really windy, but the kids did pretty well,” said KHS head coach Phil Thatcher. “We had 16 PRs and another couple of state qualifiers – our boys’ 4x400 relay team qualified for state, and Jolee Swasey qualified in the long jump. It was a pretty solid weekend.”

The KHS track and field teams are headed to Big Piney Friday, and Thatcher said the weather forecast so far appears favorable, as does the level of competition.

“It’s supposed to be a pretty good meet up there – 10 teams, and I think decent conditions,” he said. “I’m sure there will be a little breeze, but compared to what we just ran in at Rock Springs, that’s nothing. We’re looking forward to it, and hopefully, we’ll have a good meet.”

Lady Rangers

Jolee Swasey led the charge for the Lady Rangers Friday, winning the long jump with a state-qualifying jump of 16 feet, 6 inches; she also placed 10th in the 100 meter dash (13.89) and 14th in the 200 meters (30.42).

Returning to action after sitting out the Farmington, Utah, meet, sprinter Natasha Martinez placed sixth in both the 100 meters (13.67) and 200 meters (29.19); she also ran a leg in the 4x400 relay, taking second.

“Our girls were pretty solid, all the way across the board,” Thatcher said. “Natasha Martinez did really well in the sprints, placing in both. We had some kids underneath that didn’t place high, but had PRs.”

In the distance events, Aralynne Erickson placed third in the 800 meters (2:43.12), while Arianne Dearden placed fifth in the 1600 meters (6:15.77) and seventh in the 800 meters (2:52.31). Nadia Runnion was fifth in the discus, with a throw of 102 feet, 6 inches.

Also placing for the Lady Rangers was Tyler Thatcher in the triple jump (8th, 30’8.5”) and Claire Crosland in the 300 hurdles (8th, 55.86).

“In the throws, Nadia Runnion placed fifth in the discus,” Thatcher said. “She’s had a really solid year – been up around that 102-foot mark, been consistent with that. Tyler Thatcher placed in the triple jump, and Claire Crosland PR’d in the long jump. Arianne Dearden and Aralynne Erickson are looking really tough in the 800 and the mile – in that wind, I was worried, so for them to go out and run multiple laps, that was impressive.”

Both the 4x400 relay and the 1600 sprint medley placed second, with the 4x400 aided in no small part from a last-minute substitution in the form of freshman Josie Gunter, who replaced an injured Ella Thatcher.

“Another performance I really enjoyed watching was Josie Gunter in the 4x400 relay,” Thatcher said. “She was a late addition – there was an injury to one of the other girls, so she jumped in there, and dropped five seconds off her 400 time. She went out there and competed so hard, and they ended up beating Mountain View, and almost clipped Rock Springs for first place. They ran a great time for the conditions. That young freshman coming in and learning that lesson – sometimes you have to give a little more, so that you don’t let your team down. That’s important stuff.”


On the boys’ side, the 4x800 relay team won the event with a time of 10:14.55, while the 4x400 team of Jace Bullington, Hunter Burnett, Kane Jimenez and Bridger Anderson placed second, with a time of 3:44.25.

“The 4x400 relay was definitely a highlight, they qualified for state,” Thatcher said. “Those four competed really hard and punched their ticket – that was really nice to see. Our 4x800 team took first, and beat Big Piney – always good to beat a conference rival.”

Bridger Anderson placed fourth in the 400 meters (56.00), Bryson McGill was fifth in the high jump (5’8”) and thrower Derek Hagler placed in both the discus and shot put, finishing sixth (122’09”) and eighth (41’4”), respectively.

In the hurdles, Colter Krell placed sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.97) and ninth in the 300 hurdles (48.59).

“That was only the second time Bryson McGill has been able to hit that mark in the high jump, so that was good,” Thatcher said. “I really have high hopes for him in that event. Bridger Anderson performed solid again, as part of the relays and in the 400 meters, running a 56-flat in that wind. He’s been a really solid kid for us, coming out his junior year.”

Ted Schroeder Meet of Hope

Girls Results

1. Evanston 97.66, 2. Rock Springs 81.83, 3. Mountain View 76.33, 4. Riverton 70.50, 5. Green River 67.16, 6. Big Piney 51, 7. Pinedale 50.50, 8. Kemmerer 50, 9. Lyman 34, 10. Little Snake River 19, 11. Encampment 17.

100 Meter Dash

6. Natasha Martinez 13.67, 10. Jolee Swasey 13.89, 19. Tyler Thatcher 14.38, 27. Ella Thatcher 14.61, 39. Laranda Waldner 15.36

200 Meter Dash

6. Natasha Martinez 29.19, 14. Jolee Swasey 30.42, 28. Josie Gunter 32.37, 47. Aspen Evans 34.60

400 Meter Run

13. Josie Gunter 1:15.09, 14. Laranda Waldner 1:15.51

800 Meter Run

3. Aralynne Erickson 2:43.12, 7. Arianne Dearden 2:52.31, 11. Tyler Thatcher 2:58.27, 22. Laranda Waldner 3:20.33

1600 Meter Run

5. Arianne Dearden 6:15.77

100 Meter Hurdles

11. Claire Crosland 19.12

300 Meter Hurdles

8. Claire Crosland, 55.86

4x400 Relay

2. Natasha Martinez, Ella Thatcher (Josie Gunter), Tyler Thatcher, Aralynne Erickson 4:32.94

1600 Sprint Medley

2. Jolee Swasey, Natasha Martinez, Ella Thatcher, Aralynne Erickson 4:56.00

High Jump

11. Janae Skidmore 4’2”

Long Jump

1. Jolee Swasey 16’6”, 12. Claire Crosland 14’5.75”

Triple Jump

8. Tyler Thatcher 30’8.5”

Shot Put

23. Janae Skidmore 27’8”, 27. Nadia Runnion 26’10”, 28. Hadlee Wood 26’5.5”, 29. Cambree Dearden 26’5”, 48. Emma Culler 17’05”

Discus Throw

5. Nadia Runnion 102’06”, 9. Kylie Price 96’05”, 22. Janae Skidmore 83’11”, 27. Cambree Dearden 79’11”, 32. Hadlee Wood 71’, 49. Emma Culler 24’02”

Boys Results

1. Rock Springs 165.50, 2. Evanston 94.50, 3. Green River 81, 4. Riverton 76, 5. Mountain View 51.50, 6. Lyman 51, 7. Kemmerer 37, 8. Encampment 31, 9. Big Piney 28, 10. Little Snake River 17.50, 11. Jackson 11, 12. Pinedale 1.

100 Meter Dash

82. Chase Benson 14.07

200 Meter Dash

15. Bridger Anderson 25.32, 19. Jace Bullington 25.75, 32. Kane Jimenez 26.35, 42. Bryson McGill 26.93, 48. Bowman Sandall 27.52, 57. Jacob Platt 28.26, 66. Chase Benson 29.52

400 Meter Run

4. Bridger Anderson 56.00, 18. Brent Erickson 1:02.33, 22. Bryson McGill 1:03.93, 27. Chase Benson 1:06.33, 32. Gabe Platt 1:12.31

800 Meter Run

12. Jace Bullington 2:35.81

1600 Meter Run

13. Bowman Sandall 5:35.60, 30. Jacob Platt 6:17.34

3200 Meter Run

9. Gabe Platt 15:05.54

110 Meter Hurdles

6. Colter Krell 17.97

300 Meter Hurdles

9. Colter Krell 48.59

4x100 Relay

5. Bryson McGill, Kane Jimenez, Colter Krell, Hunter Burnett 48.37

4x400 Relay

2. Jace Bullington, Hunter Burnett, Kane Jimenez, Bridger Anderson 3:44.25

4x800 Relay

1. Jace Bullington, Jacob Platt, Bowman Sandall 10:14.55

High Jump

5. Bryson McGill 5’08”, 12. Brent Erickson 5’02”

Long Jump

25. Jace Bullington 17’03.25”, 37. Kane Jimenez 16’02.25”, 42. Brent Erickson 15’05.25”

Shot Put

8. Derek Hagler 41’04”, 45. Abram Hartmann 29’10”, 49. Beau Jackman 28’11”

Discus Throw

6. Derek Hagler 122’09”, 25. Colter Krell 95’05”, 38. Abram Hartmann 79’04”