Track & Field: Gritts, Shumway shine at Blanding event

The Grand County Track and Field team finished third out of the nine teams that attended the Blue Mountain Invitational/Eastern Utah Championship on Friday, April 26, at San Juan High School, in Blanding.

After 16 events, the girls team came in third place with 74 points. The boys team took third in 16 events with 88 points. Overall, the boys and girls combined took third place with 162 points.

On the ladies side, Veda Gritts was a triple crown winner for the second time this season. She earned first in javelin, shot put, and discus. Morgan Lewis took seventh in javelin; she took sixth in the long jump and third in the high jump. Annabelle Garrett fired to a fifth place finish in discus and a fourth place finish in the high jump.

Jarom Shumway locked up first place in shot put and discus for the boys. Shumway’s throw was 142-03.50-feet, nearly 30 feet more than the second place finisher and almost 35 feet further than the third place finisher. Jaymmin Hester took seventh in shot put, eighth in javelin, and ninth in discus. Dante Wells took home first place in javelin; Jayden Dowd landed in third in that event.

In the boys high jump, Dowd and Teddy Park tied for first with a height of 5-10.00-feet. Ryelan Jones won third in the 400-meter. Eighth place in the boy’s 200-meters went to Jones; Jimmie Johnson took 10th in that event. Jimmie Johnson also finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles. Stan Johnson took tenth in the 800-meter and ninth place in the 1600-meter. Shumway leapt to fifth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and he took third in the 110-meter hurdles.

Freshman McKenna Thornburg secured the eighth spot in the girls 1600-meters; freshman Lorena Johnson placed 10th in that event.

The ninth place spot in the girls 800-meters went to sophomore Anika Scherer. Auburn Jackman ran away with first place in the 400-meters; freshman Tenney Cook landed in ninth in that event.

The Grand County track and field team is scheduled to attend the BYU Invite in Provo on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.