According to GCHS head coach Dennis Wells, the Red Devil boys placed third overall out of 19 schools at the Old Capitol Invitational meet, despite having just five athletes in attendance.
“Our girls also took seventh out of 14 schools, also with just five athletes,” Wells said, noting that the team was not originally planning on going to the event, which fell during Grand’s spring break.
Leading the way for the Red Devil boys was senior Jacob Francis, who placed first in both the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run. He ran the former race in 2 minutes, 0.03 seconds, and the latter in 4:37. Fellow senior Andy Bathemess placed first in the 300-meter hurdles and took second in the 110-meter hurdles. Wade Kemmsies, also a senior at GCHS, took third in both hurdles races and finished second in the 200-meter dash.
Jordan Bryant, a senior, placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. Junior Mason Tranter took fourth in both the 400-meter and 800-meter races. The GCHS boys also placed first in two relay races, winning both the 4x400 meter event and the sprint medley.
For the Lady Devils, senior Tiffanie Whipple placed first in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 7 inches, which was a full 21 inches farther than her closest competitor. Whipple also placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Junior Kasey Betts placed first in the high jump for Grand with a leap of 4 feet, 11 inches. Senior Haley Rice ran both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes but didn’t place in either event, Wells said.
Also for Grand, senior Kayeley Wells took fourth in the 100-meter dash, while her sophomore sister Kwincey Wells took fourth place in the discus.
The GCHS track team’s next scheduled meet is at San Juan in Blanding on Saturday, April 26.