The Grand County High School boys track team finished third out of 17 schools at the Temple View Qualifier meet held at Manti on Friday, April 7.
“The top three spots were really close,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells, who noted that 3A school Richfield High finished first with 87 team points, while North Summit was second with 83 and Grand County High School was third with 81.
“We were missing a couple of our top athletes,” Wells added. “If they had been there, our boys might have taken first.”
Also at the meet, the GCHS girls finished 10th out of 14 teams, scoring 27 points. North Summit was the runaway winner in the girls’ division with 145.5 points, while second-place Richfield scored 83 points.
GCHS junior Ryan Lewis led the way for the Red Devil boys, winning two distance races and placing second in another. Lewis won the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 7.07 seconds. He also won the 1600-meter run in a time of 4:42.51, narrowly edging Summit Academy senior D.J. Matthews, who came in second with a time of 4:42.68. Grand freshman Evan Ellison placed fourth in that same race with a time of 4:54.08.
In the 3200-meter run, Summit Academy’s Matthews won the race in a time of 10:09.62, but Lewis finished second with a time of 10:12.55 and Ellison placed third in 10:15.28.
Also for Grand, sophomore Jarom Shumway placed eighth in the 110-meter hurdles, and sophomore Connor Guerrero took seventh in the 300-meter hurdles. Shumway also took sixth in the shot put.
GCHS sophomore Trent Elmore placed sixth in both the 200-meter and 400-meter races. Also, sophomore Nolan Ramirez placed fifth in the long jump, and sophomore Teddy Park placed fifth in the high jump. GCHS freshman Jayden Dowd placed third in the shot put with a toss measuring 43 feet, 11 inches.
Grand County’s boys also placed third in the 4x400 meter relay and fourth in both the 4x100 and sprint medley relay events.
For the Lady Devils, senior Halli Stocks took first place in the discus with a top throw measuring 93 feet, 7 inches. In addition, senior Megan Pfnister placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, and freshman Ali Hirt took seventh place in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter races.
The Lady Devils also placed fourth in the sprint medley relay and sixth in the 4x400.
After two full weeks with no track meets during and after the school’s spring break, the Red Devils’ next scheduled competition will be the Blue Mountain Invitational in Blanding on Saturday, April 22.