BIG PINEY – A heavy, wet snow squall barreled down on the Big Piney High School track team as seniors and their families assembled on Puncher Field for recognition on Tuesday, May 3.
The sun eventually peered out from behind gray clouds and the snow stopped flying, though athletes contended with a biting, cold wind as the Puncher Duel against Farson-Eden High School began.
Despite the weather, Big Piney dominated running, jumping and throwing. The girls beat Farson-Eden by 222 points to 78 with the boys sweeping the competition, 298-95.
The weather improved by Friday and, while the wind still posed a challenge, the sun shone all afternoon for the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Thermopolis on May 6. Nearly 20 teams, mostly 2A and 3A programs, entered the competition. The Puncher boys placed second overall with 88 points. The girls took fourth place with 48 points.
Puncher Duel – individual highlights
Junior Brandon Jones captured gold in three events. Clearing 9 feet in the boys’ pole vault, Jones tied with senior Anton Vickrey for first place.
In the 1600-meter run, Jones pulled into first place, timing in at 5 minutes, 41.75 seconds. He went on to win the long jump, measured in at 17 feet, 2 inches.
Junior Shelby Guest also earned triple first-place ribbons. In the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, she seized gold with a time of 17.56 seconds. Guest won the long jump, marked at 14 feet, 4 inches. Guest rounded out her wins with a first-place finish in the 400-meter dash at 1:10.72.
Guest took second place in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 30.18 seconds.
Junior Hannah Runyan put in a strong showing in throwing events. She won the girls’ shot put, hitting a mark of 32 feet, 1/2 inches. Snapping up first place in the discus, Runyan’s throw was measured in at 97 feet, 1 inch.
In boys’ throwing events, junior Thomas Howard captured gold in both the shot put and discus. He hit a mark of 35 feet, 1/2 inches in shot put and went on to toss the discus 105 feet, 3 inches.
Junior Hunter Fisher came in first place in both the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, clocking in at 15.34 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles, timed at 43.22 seconds.
Freshman Jolynn Jones won the girls’ 1600 meter in a close race. She finished the event in 6:21.16. She placed second in the 400 meter at 1:15.81.
The boys’ 100-meter dash also came down to a tight race. Junior Colby Jenks edged into first place with a time of 11.47 seconds.
Senior Ceci Sambrano took first place in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, timing in at 1:02.46. Sambrano snagged second place in the 100-meter hurdles at 22.12 seconds.
Fellow senior Karson Cline won the boys’ triple jump, hitting a mark of 38 feet, 1 inch. He came in third place in both the 200-meter dash, at 24.69 seconds, and 100 meter, at 11.75 seconds.
Freshman Ben Ferguson took first place in the boys’ 800-meter run with a time of 2:38.06. Timing in under 6 minutes at 5:45.97, he bagged silver in the 1600-meter run.
Freshman Charleigh Smith picked up hardware in numerous events. She came in second place in the girls’ long jump, measured at 11 feet, 4 3/4 inches. Taking silver in discus, her throw was marked at 73 feet, 1 inch. Smith earned bronze in the shot put at 27 feet, 7 1/4 inches.
Senior Jaron Petty finished second in the boys’ 100-meter dash with a time of 11.60 seconds. He also placed second in the 200 meter, finishing in 23.93 seconds.
In boys’ hurdles, freshman Kelby Staley pulled into second place in the 100 meter, at 19.03 seconds, and the 300 meter, at 49.84 seconds.
Freshman Emma York pulled into second place in the girls’ 800-meter run at 3:08.00. She also took silver in the 1600-meter run with a time of 6:23.88.
In the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, freshman Addison Statham placed second at 1:10.28. She came in third place in the 100-meter hurdles, timed in at 23.41 seconds.
Senior Riley Talmadge picked up second place in the boys’ 400-meter dash, hitting a mark of 1:08.31.
In boys’ pole vault, senior J.T. Day earned silver, clearing 8 feet.
Fellow senior Brayden Hymas took second place in the boys’ shot put, marked at 32 feet, 4 3/4 inches.
In boys’ discus, senior Seth Stoutenburg placed second with a throw of 87 feet, 10 inches. He finished third in the shot put at 30 feet, 10 1/2 inches.
Freshman Addison Losik took third place in both the girls’ 400 meter, timed in at 1:18.44, and the discus, measured in at 71 feet, 11 inches.
Senior Lena Hatch came in third place in the girls’ 100-meter dash at 15.81 seconds. Junior Brynne Hoffman pulled into third place in the girls’ 800-meter run, clocked at 3:32.00. Sophomore Julia Hymas took third place in the girls’ 1600 meter at 7:04.53.
Senior Thomas Barron scooped up third place in the boys’ long jump, clearing 15 feet, 5 inches. With a time of 1:33.28, sophomore Logan Visser placed third in the boys’ 400-meter dash. Sophomore Jackie Meador took third place in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles at 53.28 seconds.
Clearing 80 feet, 3 inches, junior D.J. Varela picked up third place in the boys’ discus.
Puncher Duel – relay highlights
The Puncher boys captured the top spots in the 4x400-meter relay. Fisher, Ferguson, Staley and Brandon Jones secured first place at 4:06.04. Jenks, Barron, sophomore A.J. Cunningham and Meador came in second at 4:21.07.
Junior Wiley Smith, Talmadge, Howard and junior Braunsn Smith earned second place in the boys’ 4x100 relay, timed in at 50.85 seconds.
In the girls’ 4x100-meter relay, senior Zoe Long, Charleigh Smith, Statham and Losik placed second at 1:02.06.
Fisher snapped up gold in boys’ hurdles. He won the 110 meter with a time of 15.68 seconds. In the 300 meter, Fisher earned first place, clocked in at 41.09 seconds, edging past the runner-up from Dubois by nearly 2 seconds.
Jenks earned gold in the boys’ 800-meter run. He slid in under 2 minutes at 1:56, beating the second-place finisher from Lovell by more than 10 seconds. Timing in at 16.07 seconds, he placed second in the 110 hurdles.
Jolynn Jones raced into third place in the girls’ 1600 meter, breaking the 6-minute mark at 5:47.51.
Guest placed third in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, finishing in 17.49 seconds.
Petty bagged bronze in both the boys’ 100-meter dash, at 11.72 seconds, and 200 meter, at 23.55 seconds.
Brandon Jones took third place in the boys’ 3200-meter run at 12:50.37.
Additional boys’ results – Puncher Duel
Additional girls’ results – Puncher Duel