Red Devils place fourth overall at Blanding track meet
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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The Grand County High School track team took fourth place overall at the Blue Mountain Invitational meet held in cold, rainy, and windy weather in Blanding on Saturday, April 26. The Red Devil girls placed second overall with 112 points to Carbon’s 188 points. The Red Devil boys earned a total of 77 points, good enough for third overall, behind host San Juan, which had 163.5 points, and Uintah, which had 146.

For the Lady Devils, senior Mercedes James won the 3,200-meter race in a time of 12 minutes, 55.35 seconds. James also won the 1,600-meter race in a time of 6:12.11 and she earned another point by taking eighth place in the 800-meter run.

Senior Malina Bohannon won the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.84 seconds. Sophomore Kwincey Wells took fourth with a time of 13.97. Wells also took fifth place in the 200-meter dash.

Also for Grand, junior Kasey Betts won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1.25 inches. Senior Tiffanie Whipple placed third in the 100-meter hurdles.

Senior Madison Stocks placed first in the discus with a throw of 98 feet, 10 inches. Stocks also placed second in the shot put with a toss of 29 feet, 2 inches. Also placing in the discus throw for Grand were Kayeley Wells in third-place and Britnee Lewis in fourth, both of whom qualified for state, according to GCHS head coach Dennis Wells.

“Despite the bad weather, we did have some bright spots, and our athletes should be in good shape for the upcoming region and state meets,” coach Wells said.

For the Red Devil boys, senior Wade Kemmsies placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.59 seconds, while teammates Jordan Bryant, Andy Bathemess, and Josh Stalpes finished third, fifth, and seventh, respectively, in the same event.

Bathemess won the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 43.66 seconds, while Kemmsies was a close second with a time of 43.84. Stalpes placed fifth in that event with a time of 44.69, and Bryant was sixth with a time of 45.24.

In field events, Koi Cook placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 7 inches and David Bentley took third in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 3.5 inches. Bentley was also Grand’s top discus thrower with a toss of 109 feet, 10.5 inches, good enough for fourth place.

“We didn’t have any of our boys distance runners at the meet,” Wells noted.

This week, Grand’s track team was scheduled to travel to Kayenta, Arizona, on Tuesday, April 29 to compete in the Monument Valley Invitational. Grand is also scheduled to attend the BYU Invitational in Provo on May 2 and 3.

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