GCHS track teams post strong results at Delta invitational
by Mary Rice
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The Grand County High School track team made a strong showing last weekend at the McDonald’s Invitational in Delta. In the April 6 meet, Grand’s boys and girls took home some impressive individual results, despite a computer malfunction that caused the team rankings to remain unreleased.

For the girls team, senior Carly Dalton placed first in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, as well as placing second in the 200-meter dash. Kwincey Wells finished first in the 100-meter dash.

In field events, junior Madi Stocks took fourth in the discus while sophomore Kasey Betts placed third in the high jump.

Assistant coach Mike Johnson said he was happy with how the girls did.

“We had some pretty good performances,” he said. “Carly Dalton gave a really good showing and definitely improved on her last meet. In distance, we had three girls race, and they all did well in their events. Overall I think it was a good performance, a good way to get them out and used to not running at their home track.”

For the boys, juniors Jacob Francis and Jackson Knowles led the distance runners, with Francis placing third in the 1,600-meter run and fourth in the 800-meter run. Knowles took fourth in the 1,600.

Senior Wesley Rodda was second in the 200-meter dash and third in the 100 meters, while junior Andy Bathemess won the 300-meter hurdles. To cap off the track events, the boys 4x400 meter relay, consisting of Bathemess, Francis, and fellow juniors Jordan Bryant and Wade Kemises, took third overall. Senior Keegn Richardson took fourth in javelin and qualified for the state meet.

“All our distance runners did really well,” said Johnson, “and Keegn did really well, with that qualification for state. He definitely exceeded his own expectations with that.”

Head coach Dennis Wells was cautiously optimistic about the meet.

“We don’t really know exactly how well our teams did, because the people running the meet couldn’t post the results, but I’d guess that our boys got second and our girls probably took either second or third.

“Overall, we did all right. Our girls are doing a lot better than they were last year. We’ve got some really good athletes across all our events, and they keep improving, but they’re not peaking just yet, which is a good thing. I’m excited to see what they’re going to do.”

As for the boys, Wells said they’ve got a lot of work to do to defend their state title.

“Richfield is putting out some really good times, and they know it’s their last year in 2A before moving back up to 3A so they’re going to be tough competition,” Wells said. “Our boys need a lot of work and need to step it up in all their areas. However, like I said, they’re not peaking yet, like I’m kind of thinking Richfield is right now with the times they’re putting out. Hopefully, our team will peak at the right time like they did last year and we’ll bring home another win.”

The Red Devils were scheduled to travel to Cortez, Colo., for a meet on Tuesday, April 9. They will compete in Price on Saturday, April 13.

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