WYOMING – The Puncher track and field team grappled with wind, storm clouds and even a few snowflakes during an action-packed weekend.
On Friday, April 23, Big Piney entered one of the largest track meets in the region, the Green River Invitational, with 14 teams representing each classification and several sprinting and throwing events including nearly 100 entrants. Big Piney placed 12th overall with 53 points in a crowded and competitive field.
Hitting the road again on Saturday, the Punchers traveled to the Kemmerer High School Invitational where Big Piney took third place with 168 points.
Green River highlights
Distance runners performed well at Green River. Senior Muriel Jones won the girls’ 3200-meter run, timing in at 12 minutes, 22.14 seconds, beating out the runner-up from Green River by over a minute.
Carlos Munoz, also a senior, took second place in the boys’ 800-meter run, finishing the event in 2:10.11.
Muriel Jones, along with senior Torry Taylor, sophomore Shelby Guest and senior Jakobi Hibbert, placed second in the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay at 4:32.02, less than 1 second behind the first-place team from Lyman.
The boys’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay team came in third place. Munoz, freshman Karsyn Gurr, junior Jaron Petty and sophomore Hunter Fisher timed in at 3:50.83.
Taylor made an impressive showing in girls’ sprinting events. The senior placed sixth in the 200-meter dash at 28.67 seconds. Taylor took eighth place in the 100-meter dash at 13.75 seconds.
In the boys’ 300-meter hurdles, Fisher took fifth place with a time of 45.32 seconds. Sophomore Brandon Jones placed fifth in the boys’ 3200-meter run at 12:18.27.
Putting in another successful day, Muriel Jones picked up two first-place finishes. The senior swept the girls’ 400-meter dash at 1:04.00. Jones scored a win in the 1600-meter run, clocking in at 5:42.45. In the 800-meter run, Jones took third place at 2:45.12.
Senior Nathan Maxfield made a strong showing in throwing events at Kemmerer. He took first place in the boys’ shot put with a toss measured in at 40 feet, 6 1/2 inches. Maxfield placed second in discus at 117-01.
Sophomore Thomas Howard took first place in the boys’ discus, clearing 122-07. He came in seventh in the shot put at 34-09 1/2.
In the boys’ 400-meter dash, freshman Karsyn Gurr beat out the competition with a first-place finish at 56.79 seconds. Gurr placed third in the 100-meter dash at 12.01 seconds and fifth in the 200-meter dash at 25.84 seconds.
Fisher represented Big Piney well in boys’ hurdles, winning the 300-meter hurdles at 43.96 seconds. He took second place in the 110-meter hurdles at 17.69 seconds. Fisher also placed third in the boys’ long jump at 17-10 1/4.
Hibbert took first place in the girls’ pole vault, clearing 6-00. Hibbert also picked up a fifth-place ribbon in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles at 20.29 seconds.
Taylor came in second place in the girls’ 400-meter dash, timing in at 1:05.29. Taylor took fourth in the 100-meter dash at 13.80 seconds.
Junior J.T. Day placed third in the boys’ pole vault, hitting 9-00.
In girls’ throwing, sophomore Hannah Runyan came in fourth in the shot put at 30-01 and eighth in the discus at 79-11.
Guest came in fourth place in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles at 56.42 seconds and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at 20.39 seconds. She also placed seventh in the 100-meter dash at 14.46 seconds.
Freshman Julia Hymas placed eighth in the girls’ 1600-meter run at 6:55.49.
Jackie Meador, a freshman, came in fifth place in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles at 53.36 seconds and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles at 21.47 seconds.
Brandon Jones took seventh place in the boys’ 1600-meter run at 5:30.21.
In relays, the boys’ 4x800-meter team placed second. Munoz, Brayden Hymas, Brandon Jones and freshman David Farrington clocked in at 9:54.17.
Additional top 25 results – Green River
Additional top-25 results – Kemmerer