Pine Bluffs Invitational hosts seven teams


Polly Taylor

Jaden Ragsdale had a good day during the Pine Bluffs Invitational meet last Friday. She finished fourth in the High Jump with a score of 4-06. She also placed second in the Shot Put with a distance of 37-06.5, and second in the Discus Throw with 116-06.

Considering they were on their own turf, and it had been two weeks since their last meet due to weather, the Pine Bluffs boys and girls arose to the challenge of competing against six other schools in the Pine Bluffs Invitational last Friday, placing first and second in team rankings.

Montanna Chrystal, Brooke Darden and Jadyn Golding all qualified in the 100m Dash preliminaries, and all three earned points in the finals, with Chrystal placing first, Darden second and Golding sixth.

In the 200m Dash preliminaries Darden was third and Chrystal fourth, but in the finals they switched places with Chrystal finishing third and Darden fourth.

Celestial Jackson ran to first place in the 800m Run, and later placed sixth in the 1600m Run. Shayna Held and Kayla Thurin placed fourth and seventh respectively in the 300m Hurdles.

In relays The Pine Bluffs team of Brooke Darden, Celestial Jackson, Jadyn Golding and Montanna Chrystal placed first in the 4x100.

Kayla Thurin also tied for second in the High Jump followed by Jaden Ragsdale in fourth place.

Taylen Fornstrom was the only Pine Bluffs competitor in the Pole Vault, and earned a seventh place spot.

In the long jump Montanna Chrystal came out on top followed by Jadyn Golding in second place and Kayla Thurin in seventh. Jadyn Golding also scored a second place spot in the Triple Jump with Brooke Darden tying for seventh.

Jaden Ragsdale, Melissa Fornstrom and Ashlyn Culp all managed to finish in the top ten in the Shot Put with second place, sixth and eighth place finishes. The trio achieved the same status in the Discus Throw, this time finishing second, fifth and seventh.

Coach Dustin Lee said, "Running a track meet is a lot of work, but well worth all of it. I want to thank all the people who helped make this happen! It was a great day! Our kids competed very well. Lots of personal bests and other good marks. We are shaping up well getting ready to head into the post season."

The Pine Bluffs boys scored big as a team, taking the first place spot with 11 points separating them from the second place team, Potter-Dix.

Ishmael DePaulitte qualified in the 100m Dash, and finished sixth in the finals.Taylor Haug finished fourth in the 400m Dash, while Kyle Steger placed sixth in the 800m Run.

Jorge Garcia placed first in the 1600m Run, followed by Colt Lewis in eighth place; and then Garcia placed second in the 3200m Run, again followed by Colt Lewis in sixth place and James Estes in seventh.

Wyatt Norman qualified in the 110m Hurdles, and finished second in the finals.

In the 4x100 Relay Preston Thurin, Ishamel Depaulitte, Taylor Haug and Wyatt Norman finished first. Thurin and Taylor went on to join Trent Werner and Jorge Garcia in the 4x400 for a second place finish. And, in the 4x800 Relay, the team of Ruger Lewis, James Estes, Chris Fornstrom and Colt Lewis placed third.

In the field events Haize Fornstrom, Wyatt Norman and Kyle Steger placed second, fifth and sixth in the High Jump, while Norman went on to finish first in the Pole Vault, followed by a three-way tie for seventh for Kyle Steger.

In the Long Jump Preston Thurin and Ishamael DePaulitte finished a respectable third and fifth respectively, and then placed first and sixth in the Triple Jump.

Scott Gross took first place in both the Shot Put and the Discus Throw, followed by Kyle Jeffres and Wyatt Fornstrom in both events.


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