Boys place third, girls place fourth at Region 15 track championships
by Jeff Richards
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Senior Megan Pfnister of Grand competes in the 100-meter dash in Moab on May 10.				        Photo by Jeff Richards
Senior Megan Pfnister of Grand competes in the 100-meter dash in Moab on May 10. Photo by Jeff Richards

Grand County High School hosted the Region 15 track and field championships on Wednesday, May 10. Grand’s boys team placed third out of six schools, while the Lady Devils placed fourth out of six. Manti won the boys’ region title, while North Sevier won the girls’. Emery High placed second in both categories.

For the GCHS boys, junior Ryan Lewis won the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 06.71 seconds. GCHS senior Cameron Wakefield took sixth in that same race with a time of 2:12.43, and freshman Evan Ellison was seventh in 2:12.58.

Ellison won the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:46.30. Ellison also placed fourth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:49.39. Lewis won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 4:42.35.

In the boys 110-meter hurdles, GCHS junior Ruben Villalpando won the race in a time of 16.68 seconds, while sophomore teammate Jarom Shumway placed fourth with a time of 17.26 seconds. In the 300-meter hurdles, Villalpando placed third and Shumway took sixth. Villalpando also earned a point for placing sixth in the long jump.

Shumway took fifth place in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, 8.5 inches.

Also for Grand, sophomore Trent Elmore placed fourth in the 200-meter dash, fifth in the 100-meter dash, and fifth in the 400-meter run. Sophomore Stacy Randall took fifth in the 200-meter race.

Sophomore Teddy Park placed third in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 8 inches, while sophomore teammate Tyson Horton tied for fourth place by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches.

For the GCHS girls at region, senior Halli Stocks won the discus event with a top throw measuring 97 feet, 4 inches.

GCHS senior Jayelen Knowles took third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 12:33.91. She also placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:35.12. Both were personal-best times. Knowles will run both races at state, along with the 1,600-meter run.

Also for Grand, sophomore Auburn Jackman placed second in the 400-meter run with a personal-best time of 1:02.45. She also qualified for state in the 200-meter dash by taking third with a time of 28.48 seconds.

GCHS freshman Ali Hirt placed third in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:53.58. Junior Abby Mason took third in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 6 inches. She also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 3.5 inches.

GCHS senior Megan Pfnister took third place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 54.02 seconds.

The Red Devils will wrap up their season at the state track meet at Brigham Young University in Provo on May 19 and 20. GCHS head coach Dennis Wells said the Red Devils will be taking a total of 23 athletes to compete at the state meet —14 boys and nine girls.

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