Grand County High School’s track teams continued a strong season last weekend at the Blue Mountain Invitational in Blanding, where the boys and girls teams turned in impressive results despite inclement weather.
Grand’s girls and boys teams both finished in second place, behind San Juan High School’s first-place teams.
Senior Carly Dalton led Grand’s girls’ team, placing first in all four of her events. She won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.63 seconds, the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.08, the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.57 and the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.75.
GCHS junior Tiffanie Whipple placed fifth in the 100-meter dash, third in the 400-meter dash, and third in the 100-meter hurdles.
Haley Rice, a junior, placed third in both the 100-meter and 200 meter dash, and fellow junior Miranda Shumway placed fifth in both the 400-meter dash and the 100-meter hurdles.
GCHS junior Malina Bohannon won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.44 and junior Mercedes James took home the gold in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:36.35.
Jessica Stucki, a junior, placed third in the 3,200-meter run while freshmen Kwincey Wells placed third in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash, Hannah Rice placed fifth in the 200-meter dash, and Annie Heywood placed fourth in the 3,200-meter run.
The Lady Devils kept up their strong performance in the field events as well. Whipple placed second in the long jump while freshman Sydney Lema placed fourth and Wells placed fifth. GCHS junior Kayley Wells took first place in the discus with a throw of 91 feet, 6 inches, and sophomore Kasey Betts won the high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches.
The Red Devil boys team also gave a strong performance. Junior Andy Bathemess won all three of his events, clocking a time of 11.69 in the 100-meter dash, 15.92 in the 110-meter hurdles, and 43.10 in the 300-meter hurdles.
Fellow junior Wade Kemmsies placed first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.63 and second in both the 400-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. Freshmen Josh Stalpes and Mason Tranter placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively, and junior Treyton Helquist added some depth in the area of distance running, although he helped in the sprints as well. Helquist placed third in the 200-meter dash and second in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
GCHS junior Jackson Knowles continued to earn points in the distance events, winning the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:14.51, and placing third in the 800-meter run.
The boys also performed well in the field events. Trevor Bertuzzi, a junior, placed second in the high jump and freshman David Bently placed fifth in the discus.
“Blanding was sort of a practice meet for us,” said head coach Dennis Wells. “We only had 11 of our 24 boys and we were missing three of our girls, so we only had about two-thirds of the athletes that Blanding was competing. So we just wanted to go and try to qualify some individuals and relays for state.
“The wind was blowing really hard, so the times we saw were not what we were used to because the wind was so crazy, but everyone worked hard and I think we did well overall. We’ll have to see where the season takes us from here.”
The Red Devils were scheduled to compete Wednesday, April 24, at the Last Chance Invitational in Kayenta, Ariz., before traveling to the Uintah Big Red Championship in Vernal on Saturday, April 27.