Punchers, Lady Puncher tracksters secure third at Pinedale


Robert Galbreath photos Sophomore Kelby Staley clears the hurdles in the 110-meter event at the Mountain Man Invite in Pinedale on Friday, April 28. Staley snagged second and won the 800-meter run at the meet. Sophomore Micah Strong hits the finish line in the 200-meter dash in Pinedale on April 28. Strong captured gold in the 200 and second place in both the 100-meters and 400-meters.

PINEDALE – Beautiful weather greeted Big Piney High School track and field athletes as they competed at the annual Mountain Man Invitational hosted by Pinedale on Friday, April 28.

Both the Lady Punchers and Punchers posted strong performances and new personal records at the meet. The Big Piney girls’ team earned third place out of eight teams, tallying 106.5 points. The boys’ team also achieved third place, posting 84 points.

Sophomore Micah Strong received hardware in multiple events. In the girls’ 200-meter dash, Strong snagged gold, clocking in at 27.04 seconds. She beat the runner-up from Cokeville by nearly 1 second.

Strong pulled into second place in the 400-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 1.14 seconds. The sophomore also earned silver in the 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 13.10 seconds.

Sophomore Kelby Staley captured first place in the boys’ 800-meter run, finishing the event at 2:12.72. Senior Brandon Jones came in a close second with a time of 2:14.02.

Staley also secured second place in the 110-meter hurdles, timing in at 17.74 seconds.

Jones took second place in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 6 inches with his leap.

Posting a time of 40.35 seconds in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles, senior Colby Jenks won the event, beating the second-place finisher from Pinedale by more than 2 seconds.

Sophomore Caden Clifford, Staley, Jones and Jenks won the boys’ 1600-meter sprint medley relay. The team hit the finish line at 3:39.96, setting a new Pinedale stadium record.

Freshman Lizzy Brandt, senior Brynne Hoffman, freshman Kaydence Guest and junior Julia Hymas took first place in the girls’ 4x800-meter relay with a time of 12:45.65.

Brandt bagged second place in the girls’ 800-meter run, clocking in at 2:39.61. With a leap measured in at 4-01, Brandt finished fifth in the high jump.

In throwing events, senior Hannah Runyan achieved second place in the girls’ shot put, clearing 34-04 ¼. Runyan also placed fourth in discus at 98-11.

Sophomore Charleigh Smith snagged third place in the girls’ shot put with a throw measuring 31-01. She took seventh place in discus at 87-01.

Junior Roger Young snapped up silver in the boys’ shot put with a toss clearing 37-00 ¾. With a time of 2:25.31 in the 800-meter run, Young placed sixth in the event.

In the boys’ 100-meter dash, Clifford earned third place with a time of 12.19 seconds. Clifford went on to take fourth place in the 200-meter dash at 24.69 seconds.

Hymas took third place in the girls’ 1600-meter run, timing in at 6:58.15. Hymas and Van Grol tied for fourth place in the pole vault at 6-06.

Van Grol snagged third place in the discus at 104-03 and picked up fifth place in the shot put at 30-07.

In distance events, freshman Kamia Runyan garnered fourth place in the girls’ 1600-meter run at 7:22.10. Senior Brynne Hoffman came in sixth in the event at 7:26.01.

Sophomore Ben Ferguson finished fifth in the boys’ 800-meter run, posting a time of 2:22.17.

In the boys’ 100-meter dash, senior Braunsn Smith took seventh place, crossing the finish line in 12.54 seconds. Freshman Zef Zuniga garnered seventh place in the boys’ discus at 95-03 ½.

Freshman Clairee Bingham scooped up seventh place in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, timing in under 1 minute at 59.09 seconds.

Guest placed seventh in the girls’ 800-meter run at 3:22.28 and placed eighth in the triple jump at 22-01 ½.

Sophomore Addison Losik earned eighth place in the 200-meter dash at 30.07 seconds.

Additional relay highlights included a fifth-place finish for junior David Farrington, sophomore Karsyn Busby, freshman Scotty Ring and Ferguson in the boys’ 1600-sprint medley relay at 4:16.66.

Additional boys’ results

  • 100-meters: Justin Olson in 24th place at 13.84 seconds, Busby in 27th at 14.24, Judah Farrington in 29th at 15.01, Logan Visser in 30th at 15.83 and Ivan Silvas in 31st at 16.43.
  • 200-meters: David Farrington in 30th place at 28.95 seconds, Busby in 31st at 29.22, Olson in 32nd at 29.40, Adhyaksa in 33rd at 29.45, Ring in 34th at 29.55, Judah Farrington in 36th at 32.17, Visser in 37th at 34.40 and Silvas in 38th at 36.30.
  • 1600-meters: Ferguson in ninth place at 5:39.64.
  • 300-meter hurdles: Owen Nielson in 12th place at 51.49 seconds.
  • Long jump: Jones in 13th place at 16-09.
  • Shot put: Zuniga in 14th place at 32-07 ½, Smith in 15th at 32-05 ¾, Nielson in 20th at 31-02 ½, Adhyaksa in 21st at 29-00, Kian Pelham in 26th at 25-07 ½ and Olson in 27th at 25-02.
  • Discus: Young in 10th place at 92-05 ½.

Additional girls’ results

  • 100-meters: Kodee Greene in 10th place at 14.06 seconds, Maybrie Denison in 26th place at 15.58, Addison Statham in 27th place at 15.67, Deniz Celik in 32nd at 16.21 and Haidie Stafa in 39th at 17.30.
  • 200-meters: Denison in 20th place at 33.30 seconds and Statham in 21st at 33.55.
  • 400-meters: Greene in ninth place at 1:08.33, Losik in 11th place at 1:09.87 and Celik in 17th place at 1:20.41.
  • 100-meter hurdles: Ahbre Nunn in 12th place at 21.19 seconds, Van Grol in 14th place at 24.62, Statham in 15th at 24.94 and Bingham in 16th at 31.68.
  • 300-meter hurdles: Nunn in ninth place at 1:03.99 and Statham in 10th at 1:07.03.
  • Long jump: Denison in 12th place at 12-02 and Stafa in 18th at 9-09 ½.
  • Shot put: Helen Laughter in 16th place at 24-07, Kamia Runyan in 22nd at 22-07 ½ and Hoffman in 25th at 22-00.
  • Discus: Losik in ninth place at 80-07 ½.