Boys track and field team takes 17th place, girls team finishes last at BYU Invitational meet in Provo
by Jeff Richards
The Times-Independent
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Grand’s Teddy Park clears the bar during the high jump event at the BYU Invitational.                 Courtesy photo
Grand’s Teddy Park clears the bar during the high jump event at the BYU Invitational. Courtesy photo

At the highly competitive BYU Invitational track meet at Brigham Young University in Provo last weekend, the Grand County High School boys finished in the middle of the pack, while the Lady Devils scored just one point and finished in last place among 1A and 2A schools.

According to the official results posted online at, the Red Devil boys earned a total of 15 points at the meet, putting them in 17th place overall out of 28 schools in their classification. The Lady Devils earned their only point of the meet by taking eighth place out of 17 teams in the sprint medley. Grand took 35th place overall among the girls teams at the two-day event, which took place on May 5 and 6.

“The competition was a lot tougher than it has been,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “Even though we didn’t score a lot of points at the meet, we did have quite a few personal best times.”

Leading the way for the Red Devil boys was junior Ryan Lewis, who ran the 3,200-meter run in a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 50.86 seconds, less than a half-second away from Ryan Stucki’s school record, which was set more than 15 years ago. Lewis placed fourth overall in the event at BYU, while freshman teammate Evan Ellison finished just out of the scoring spots with a ninth-place time of 10:04.20.

Lewis also took third overall in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:30.32. Ellison took 11th place in that event with a time of 4:43.54. Ellison established new personal-best times in all three of his distance races.

In field events, GCHS sophomore Teddy Park earned a point for placing eighth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 11 inches.

The GCHS boys also took seventh place in the 4x400 meter relay and eighth in the sprint medley.

For the Lady Devils, senior Jayelen Knowles established personal-best times in both the 1,600- and 800-meter races. She ran the 1,600 in a time of 5:40.93, placing 18th, and the 800 in a time of 2:37.69 to finish in 22nd place. Sophomore Auburn Jackman took 11th place in the 400-meter run with a personal-best time of 1:02.80.

GCHS senior Halli Stocks placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 97 feet, 7.75 inches.

Running in the sprint medley event for the Lady Devils and taking eighth place were Megan Pfnister, Abby Mason, Auburn Jackman and Ali Hirt.

This week, the Red Devils are hosting the Region 15 championships at Moab on Wednesday, May 10, starting at 10 a.m. The state track meet is scheduled for May 19 and May 20 at BYU in Provo.

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