Red Devils finish 2nd at 3A championship; headed to state

Malachi Ricks earned a second place finish in the boys 1,600-meters at regional competition last week. He took third in the 3,200-meters and 10th in the 800-meters. He was one of many competitors from Grand County High School.
Photo by Kammy Wells

The Grand County track and field team finished second at the 2019 Region 15 Championship Tournament on Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, in Manti.

Nine schools participated in the tournament. The boys team won second place with 144 points. The girls got 87 points and took third place. Combined, the boys and girls earned 231 points, which added up to a second-place finish in the region. Grand was within 10 points of first-place finisher Richfield, but the Red Devils had over 30 points more than third-place finisher Emery.

Connor Guerrero brought home first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Jimmie Johnson placed ninth in that event. Guerrero took third in the 110-meter hurdles. The eighth spot in the girls 400-meters went to Auburn Jackman. Corbin Arbon took sixth in the 200-meters for the boys; Guerrero came in seventh in that event. Eli Hazlett ran to a second-place finish in the boys 100-meters in 11:43.

Jackman, Emree Olsen, Annabelle Garrett and Kylah Ricks won first place in the girls sprint medley relay. Guerrero, Arbon, Hazlett and Kaine Allred secured third place in the boys medley relay.

The girls took fourth in both the 4×100 and the 4×400. The boys placed second in the 4×100 and third in the 4×400.

Garrett landed in the seventh spot in girls discus. Shumway took fifth in that event for the boys, Sage Stroder took sixth and Jaymmin Hester got the ninth position. Veda Gritts took first in shot put with 38-03.00-feet and fired a first-place finish in javelin with 107-03-feet. Carlin Bierscheid took first in boys shot put; Hester took fifth and Shumway 10th in that event.

Shumway earned fifth in discus; Stroder took sixth. Hester finished ninth in boys discus. Boys javelin: Dante Wells nailed third, Jayden Dowd fourth, Stroder sixth and Hester 10th in that event.

Garrett landed in sixth place in girls high jump. Morgan Lewis flew into eighth place in high jump. Lewis took fifth place in long jump. For the boys, Dowd leapt to third in high jump; Chance Arbon placed seventh.

Boys long jump: Allred, first place. Nolan Ramirez, second place. Ryelan Jones fourth and Corbin Arbon sixth place.

Ricks was a triple crown winner for the Lady Red Devils. She took first in the 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter races. Jessica Anderson took fifth in the 3,200-meters; freshman Lorena Johnson placed 10th in that event. Anderson placed ninth in the 1,600-meters and Olsen zoomed to seventh place in the girls 800-meters.

Malachi Ricks earned a second place finish in the boys 1,600-meter race, he took third in the 3200-meters and 10th in the 800-meters. Evan Ellison took second in the 3,200-meters and seventh in the 800-meters.

The track and field team is scheduled to attend the UHSAA State Championship at Brigham Young University, in Provo on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.