Despite being soundly beaten by the Richfield team, the Grand County High School track team was able to finish as the region runner-up on Wednesday, May 8, at the region competition in Richfield.
In the boys and girls combined results, Richfield took home a resounding victory, beating the Red Devils 317-120. However, individually, the girls put up more of a fight, taking second place by a 128-71 margin. The boys lost to Richfield 189-49.
Several Lady Devils took home awards. Junior Mercedes James placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run, followed by sophomore McKinleigh Barney in fifth. James also placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Carly Dalton blew the competition away, taking first with a time of 15.73 seconds, more than a full second ahead of the second-place finisher. Junior Tiffanie Whipple placed fourth in the same event. Dalton also took home the gold in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 47.99 – two seconds ahead of her closest competition. GCHS freshman Hannah Rice placed fifth.
In the sprint events, junior Malina Bohannon placed fourth in the 100-meter dash, and Dalton finished fifth in the 200-meter dash. In the 400 meters, sophomore Kasey Betts placed fifth, and James placed fifth in the 800-meter run.
The girls relay teams also performed admirably. The sprint medley team placed third, and the 4x100 meter team placed second.
Not to be outdone, Grand’s field athletes gave a strong showing as well. Betts took home the gold in the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 1 inch, followed by freshman Sydney Lema in fifth place with a jump of 4 feet, 9 inches. Whipple placed second in the long jump and Lema, was third. Junior Kayley Wells placed second in the discus, followed by junior Madi Stocks, who placed third, and freshman Britnee Lewis in fifth place.
In the boys competition, Grand’s distance runners performed well. Junior Jackson Knowles placed fifth in the 1,600-meter run and fourth in the 3,200-meter run. Junior Treyton Helquist placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run.
In the 300 hurdles, junior Andy Bathemess took home yet another gold with a time of 40.96.
In the sprint events, senior Wesley Rodda placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and fifth in the 400-meter dash. Knowles placed fifth in the 800 meters. The boys 4x400 meter relay team placed second overall.
In the field events, Rodda placed third in the long jump. GCHS junior Edgar Gomez placed fifth in the shot put, junior David Bently placed fourth in the discus, and sophomore Richie Cordero won the javelin throw with a distance of 159 feet, 10 inches.
With the region runner-up award under their belt, the Red Devils are set to head to the state competition this weekend in Provo. The state track and field event begins Friday morning, May 17, at the Brigham Young University track.