Boys and girls track teams head to state as Region 15 champions
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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GCHS seniors Wade Kemmsies, Andy Bathemess, and Jordan Bryant swept the top three spots in the 110-meter hurdles at the Region 15 track meet in Salina on May 6. Photo by John Knowles
GCHS seniors Wade Kemmsies, Andy Bathemess, and Jordan Bryant swept the top three spots in the 110-meter hurdles at the Region 15 track meet in Salina on May 6. Photo by John Knowles
The Grand County High School track team won the Region 15 championship meet held in Salina, Utah on Tuesday, May 6.

The Red Devil boys scored a total of 171 points at the meet, edging second-place San Juan’s 162 points. Grand’s girls also placed first, accumulating 166 points to host school North Sevier’s 104 points. A total of eight schools participated in the meet.

 “We were going for points, rather than times,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “I had girls competing in events they hadn’t done all year, just so we could get more team points.”

Jacob Francis, a senior distance runner, won the boys 3,200-meter race in a time of 10:42.26, while teammate Jackson Knowles, also a senior, finished second with a time of 10:50.09. Junior Andrew Hugentobler took sixth.

Francis also won the 1,600-meter race, with Knowles placing second and Hugentobler finishing fifth. In the 800-meter race, Knowles took second, while junior Mason Tranter placed sixth.

Grand swept the top three spots in the boys 110-meter hurdles. Wade Kemmsies won with a time of 16.54 seconds, Jordan Bryant came in second in 16.67, and Andy Bathemess finished third in 17.04. All three athletes are seniors.

Bathemess won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.11. Bryant placed fourth in that event, and sophomore Josh Stalpes took fifth.

Kemmsies also placed second in the 400-meter race and Tranter took sixth. Kemmsies also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash.

In field events for the Grand boys, senior Hunter Stitzer tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. In addition, Stalpes placed fifth in the long jump, and junior Koby Sobremesana took seventh.

Also for Grand, senior David Bentley won the discus throw with a personal-best toss of 130 feet, 7 inches. Fellow senior Edgar Gomez placed second with a measurement of 128 feet, 10 inches. In the shot put, Gomez took third, Bentley took fourth and junior Jasen Christensen placed fifth.

Junior Richie Cordero placed first in the javelin with a throw of 142 feet, 11 inches. Teammate Qordale Tsosie, also a junior, placed sixth in the javelin.

In relay events, Grand’s boys placed first in the medley relay, second in the 4x400, and third in the 4x100.

  For the Lady Devils, senior Mercedes James won the 3,200-meter race and placed second in the 1,600-meter race. Freshman teammate Jayelen Knowles came in third in both races. James also took second in the 800-meter race, while sophomore Lauren Drake took fifth and Knowles placed sixth.

The Lady Devils also swept the top three spots in the 100-meter hurdles, with senior Tiffanie Whipple taking first, sophomore Kwincey Wells placing second, and senior Haley Rice taking third. Wells also placed third in the 100-meter dash.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Wells placed second, Rice took third, and senior Miranda Shumway placed fourth.

Freshman Megan Pfnister finished sixth in the 400-meter race. Haley Rice took fifth in the 200-meter dash.

In field events, Whipple placed first in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11 inches. Also placing in the long jump were sisters Kwincey Wells and Kayeley Wells, who took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also, junior Kasey Betts took second in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. Shumway placed fifth in the high jump, recording 4 feet, 5 inches.

Madison Stocks took first in the discus with a throw of 102 feet, 3 inches.

Kayeley Wells, a senior, placed fourth in the discus, and sophomore Britnee Lewis took seventh. Stocks also placed fifth in the shot put and Lewis took eighth.

Hannah Rice, a sophomore, took second in the javelin throw, and fellow sophomore Tressa Renn placed fourth.

Grand’s girls placed first in the medley relay, third in the 4x400 relay, and fourth in the 4x100 relay.

The only remaining track meet of the year is the state championships, which will take place at Brigham Young University in Provo on May 16 and 17.

“We did really well in region, but it’s going to be harder for us to win state, especially the girls,” said coach Wells. “But we can do it if we get enough people placing in all their events.”

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