MOUNTAIN VIEW – Spring Break did not stop the Punchers from putting in another week of practice and competition. The team traveled to the Bridger Valley on Wednesday, March 31, to compete at the Mountain View Invitational.
Due to the holiday, Big Piney did not field a full team. The Punchers took ninth place overall with 68 points.
Senior Muriel Jones dominated girls’ varsity middle- and long-distance events. Sweeping the competition in the 3200-meter run, Jones took first place at 12 minutes, 2.86 seconds, 1:27 ahead of the second-place finisher from Green River.
Jones also won the 400-meter dash, timing in at 1:02.84. In relay action, Jones, along with sophomore Renee Bultema, sophomore Shelby Guest and freshman Morgan Brown, cruised into first place in the 1600-meter sprint medley relay at 4:45.84. The team edged Lander out by less than a second.
The boys’ varsity 1600-meter sprint medley team also took first place. Juniors Anton Vickrey, Karson Cline and Jaron Petty and senior Carlos Munoz beat Pinedale by over 5 seconds at 4:03.89 to take the blue ribbon.
Junior Hanna Hansen broke into the top five in girls’ varsity field events at Mountain View. Hansen took third place in shot put with a toss measured in at 31 feet, 4 1/2 inches. In discus, Hansen placed fourth at 88-03.
Munoz scored additional points for the Punchers in middle- and long-distance events. The senior placed fifth in the boys’ varsity 400-meter dash at 56.60 seconds. Munoz took seventh place in the 1600-meter run, finishing in 5:11.61.
Senior Nathan Maxfield entered the top 10 in boys’ throwing events. He took fifth in shot put, measuring in at 41-01 and sixth in discus at 115-00.
Hannah Runyan, a sophomore, made the top 10 in girls’ varsity shot put. She placed sixth with a toss at 30-00 3/4.