The Grand County High School track and field team opened its season by competing at the Farm Bureau Invitational at Carbon High School in Price on Saturday, March 18.
The Red Devil boys placed third out of 17 teams at the meet, while the Lady Devils finished ninth out of 15 teams.
“We did pretty well, considering we had less than half our team there,” said head coach Dennis Wells, who added that Grand had just 13 male athletes and seven female athletes competing in Price. Many of Grand’s athletes missed the meet due to other commitments, he said, including the Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab.
Grand’s boys were led by junior Ryan Lewis, who placed first in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 33.36 seconds. Lewis also placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:46.59, and fifth in the 800-meter run.
Grand sophomore Nolan Ramirez placed sixth in the 400-meter race. He also took eighth in the long jump. Sophomore Teddy Park placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 10 inches.
Sophomore Jarom Shumway placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, and fellow sophomore Connor Guerrero placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Shumway also placed second in the shot put and seventh in the discus throw.
The GCHS boys also placed second in both the 4x100 meter and the 4x400 meter relays.
For the Lady Devils, junior Baelie Pierce took eighth place in the 100-meter hurdles, while senior Megan Pfnister placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Auburn Jackman took third place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1:04.93.
Also for Grand, sophomore Veda Gritts placed second in the shot put with a top throw measuring 31 feet, 3.5 inches. Gritts also placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 98 feet, 5 inches. Junior Abby Mason placed eighth in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 7 inches.
This coming Saturday, March 25, the Red Devils are scheduled to take part in the Matt Burr Invitational in Salina. Coach Wells said he expects to have almost every one of Grand’s 50-plus registered track and field athletes in attendance.
“We should make a strong showing with everyone there,” Wells said.