SHOSHONI – Puncher track and field athletes took the opportunity to show what they are made of and dominated the competition at the 2A West Regional Track Meet.
The two-day event hosted by Shoshoni on May 14-15 featured eight teams in both the boys’ and girls’ categories.
The Big Piney girls’ varsity team won at Regionals with 169 points, beating out the runner-up, Rocky Mountain High School in Cowley, by 40 points. The boys took second place, tallying up 168 points.
The Punchers returned home with plenty of hardware and new qualifiers for the upcoming State Meet in Casper, May 20-22, including numerous first-place finishes.
Senior Muriel Jones hit the ground running in mid- and long-distance events, finishing the weekend with four wins. Jones took first in the girls’ 400-meter dash, clocking in at 1 minute, 0.59 seconds.
In the 800-meter run, Jones beat the competition with a run timed in at 2:17.99. The senior scored her third win in the 1600-meter run, timing in at 5:37.01. Rounding out a successful meet, Jones pulled ahead of the competition in the 3200-meter run, taking first-place at 12:15.83.
Senior Torry Taylor picked up a first-place medal in the girls’ 100-meter dash finals, edging ahead of the pack at 13.89 seconds.
Taylor, senior Jakobi Hibbert, sophomore Shelby Guest and freshman Morgan Brown swept into first place in the girls’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay at 4:55.75.
In girls’ shot put finals, junior Hanna Hansen placed first with a throw measured in at 31 feet.
Senior Nathan Maxfield dominated the boys’ shot put, taking first at 43-03 1/2. Sophomore Thomas Howard won his first throwing event this season, snatching up the win in the boys’ discus finals at 130-05.
Taylor pulled out a second-place finish in the girls’ 200-meter dash finals, timing in at 28.45 seconds. The senior finished fourth in the mid-distance 400-meter dash finals at 1:04.22.
Freshman Karsyn Gurr took third place in the boys’ 100-meter dash finals at 11.87 seconds. He also picked up a third-place medal in the 200-meter dash finals at 24.07 seconds.
Junior Jaron Petty scored points for the Punchers in three events. He placed second in the boys’ 400-meter dash finals at 53.37 seconds. In the 200-meter dash finals, Petty snapped up fourth place at 24.41 seconds and took fifth in the 100-meter dash at 11.94 seconds.
Senior Carlos Munoz came in fifth place in the 400-meter at 54.77 seconds, followed by Gurr in sixth place at 55.10 seconds.
Munoz picked up two second-place medals in boys’ long distance events. In the 800-meter run, the senior clocked in at 2:05.25 and finished the 1600-meter run in 4:54.76.
Sophomore Wiley Smith took eighth place in the boys’ 1600-meter run at 5:59.35.
Brown finished in fifth place in the girls’ 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:48.38.
Big Piney hurdlers made a strong showing at Regionals, racking up significant points for the team. Sophomore Shelby Guest picked up second place in the girls’ 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles finals, timing in at 18.18 seconds and 51.79 seconds respectively.
Hibbert came in third place in the girls’ 100-meter hurdle finals, finishing in 20.21 seconds. Sophomore Zoey Guerrero came in fifth place in the event at 22.10 seconds, followed by senior Hayden Thoman in sixth place at 24.42 seconds.
In the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, Brown took fifth place at 59.32 seconds with Guerrero in sixth place at 1:01.83 and junior Ceci Sambrano in seventh at 1:03.59.
On the boys’ side, sophomore Hunter Fisher came in second place in the 110-meter hurdles finals at 16.90 seconds. He snagged third place in the 300-meter hurdles at 45.18 seconds.
Freshman Jackie Meador came in fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles at 20.98 seconds and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at 51.32 seconds.
In the boys’ long jump finals, Fisher scored a second-place finish, measuring in at 19-00 1/2.
Hibbert and freshman Julia Hymas tied for fourth place in the girls’ pole vault finals, clearing 7-00.
Junior J.T. Day took third place in the boys’ pole vault at 8-06. Junior Anton Vickrey came in fourth in the event at 8-00, followed by sophomore Hampton Jones in fifth at 8-00 and freshman David Farrington in sixth at 7-00.
Hansen picked up third place in the girls’ discus finals, clearing 91-06 1/2. Junior Lena Hatch took fifth place at 84-07 1/2.
In girls’ shot put, sophomore Hannah Runyan finished third, clearing 30-08 1/4. Junior Sierra Keiter took seventh place at 28-05 1/4.
Maxfield took third in boys’ discus finals at 117-04 1/2 with sophomore Jackson Hajba in fifth at 103-10.
Howard finished third in boys’ shot put at 37-10 followed by Hajba in fourth at 36-10 1/2 and junior Brayden Hymas in eighth at 34-09 3/4.
Brown, Hibbert, Guest and Julia Hymas came in second place in the girls’ 4x800-meter relay at 11:21.39. In the boys’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay, Petty, Gurr, Fisher and Munoz finished second at 3:50.95.
The boys’ 4x100-meter relay team – junior Thomas Barron, Day, Vickrey and Smith – also picked up a second-place medal at 49.64 seconds.
Barron, Day, Vickrey and Smith took third in the boys’ 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 4:06.58.
The boys’ 4x800-meter relay team – Hampton Jones, Meador, Farrington and Howard – also snatched up third place at 10:33.76.
Senior Allie Statham, Guerrero, junior Zoe Long and freshman Maritza Galvan came in fourth place in the girls’ 4x100-meter relay. The girls’ 4x400-meter team – Galvan, sophomore Brynne Hoffman, Hatch and freshman Jenny Montes – also picked up fourth place at 5:33.24.