Grand County High School’s boys track team finished third out of 11 schools, while the Lady Devils were fourth out of 12, at the Eastern Utah Championship meet held at Moab on Friday afternoon, April 28.
Vernal’s Uintah High School, a 3A school, was the top-scoring boys team at the meet with 133 points, while second-place Emery had 111. Grand placed third with 99 points and San Juan was fourth with 69.5.
Among the girls teams, Price’s Carbon High was the runway winner with 195.5 points, while Emery took second with 99, and Uintah was third with 82. The Lady Devils of Grand County finished fourth with 66 points.
The GCHS boys were led by junior Ryan Lewis, who won two individual distance races and placed second in another. Lewis won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4 minutes, 47.70 seconds, while freshman teammate Evan Ellison placed fourth with a time of 4:51.60. In the 800-meter run, Lewis’ winning time was 2:09.53. Ellison took ninth in that race. In the 3200-meter run, Lewis was edged out by Uintah’s Kedric Palmer, who finished in 10:39.81. Lewis placed second with a time of 10:45.74, and Ellison was third in the 3200 with a time of 10:46.25.
GCHS sophomore Teddy Park placed second in the high jump, clearing a personal-best height of 6 feet 0 inches. Sophomore teammate Tyson Horton placed eighth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet 4 inches.
Also for the Red Devil boys, sophomores Trent Elmore and Connor Guerrero took sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. Senior teammate Mackay Wakefield placed ninth in the same race, just missing earning a point. Elmore also placed fifth in the 400-meter run, while sophomore Nolan Ramirez placed seventh in the 400.
GCHS junior Ruben Villalpando took second in the 110-meter hurdles, while sophomore teammate Jarom Shumway placed seventh in that same event. In the 300-meter hurdles, Guerrero placed fifth and Shumway took eighth.
Shumway also placed fourth in the shot put with a top throw measuring 40 feet, 7 inches. Freshman Jayden Dowd took fifth in the discus with a top toss of 102 feet, 1 inch.
Grand’s boys also won the sprint medley relay with a time of 3:55.72. They placed third in the 4x400 meter relay, but were disqualified in the 4x100 meter relay.
For the Lady Devils, sophomore Auburn Jackman placed first in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 1:03.34. Down to the wire at the finish line, Jackman narrowly edged two Carbon runners, Shannon Baker and Sadie Crompton, who finished in 1:03.44 and 1:03.50, respectively. However, Emery High’s Tayden Nielson, who ran in the first heat, finished the race in 1:03.36, giving her second place in the event and bumping Baker and Crompton to third and fourth.
Winning the 1600-meter run was GCHS senior Jayelen Knowles, who posted a time of 5:46.50. Knowles also placed sixth in the 3200-meter run.
GCHS senior Halli Stocks won the discus competition. Her best throw of 103 feet, 5 inches was nearly 10 feet farther than that of her nearest competitor, Jodi Noyes of Carbon, who threw 93 feet, 8 inches.
In the girls 800-meter run, GCHS freshman Ali Hirt placed fifth with a time of 2:40.69, while Knowles took sixth in that race with a time of 2:41.14. Senior Megan Pfnister placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles and junior Abby Mason placed fifth in the long jump with a top leap of 14 feet, 6.5 inches.
The GCHS girls also competed in two relay events, taking third place in both.
This coming weekend, May 5 and 6, the Red Devils will travel to Provo to compete in the BYU Invitational. Then, on Wednesday, May 10, Grand will host the Region 15 Championships. The season will conclude with the state track meet May 19 and 20 at BYU in Provo.