Early Birds catch good marks at Morrill
     2014-04-03      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Ken Kurtz/Spectrum Photo - Bayard junior Chellani Parriott strives to be first in the 100 high hurdles last Saturday at the Morrill Invite Track Meet. Parriott took first place in the event with a time of 18.01 seconds. 
The Bayard girls finished in second place to a dominant Lingle-Fort Laramie team Saturday in the Morrill Early Bird Track and Field Met.

The two-time Wyoming defending state champions from LFL amassed 121 points to finish well ahead of Bayard, which took second with 82. Bridgeport was third with 79 points.

While Lingle-Fort Laramie scored points in just about every event, the Bayard girls had a pair of top finishes by sophomore Jessi Smith. Smith won the 400 meters in 1:00.95 and the 800 run in 2:32.0.

Also scoring wins for Bayard were junior Chellani Parriott in the 100 high hurdles at 18.01 seconds and senior Megan Stuart in the pole vault (9 feet).

In the girls’ relays, Morrill’s 4x100 quartet of Sabrina Austin, Kiley Guerue, Jessica Harvey and Shalyn Lackey placed first in 53.13 seconds.

In the boys’ meet, Bridgeport finished ahead of Lingle-Fort Laramie 123-101 for the title.
Morrill junior Jorge Lara led county-area boys’ competitors by winning the pole vault with a clearance of 10-6.

Mitchell sweeps titles, sets records in Kimball

Mitchell is off to a big start to the outdoor track season after the Tigers set six meet records and won a combined 20 events in sweeping the team championships Saturday in the Kimball Invitational.

The Mitchell boys scored nine of those wins while rolling to their team championship with 188 points. Kimball and Hemingford tied for second with 95 points.

The Mitchell girls posted 11 victories and set four meet records while holding off Kimball, 155-146, for the team title.

In the girls’ meet, Taylor Peters scored wins in the 800 (2:28) and 1,600 (6:01) – both of which were meet records – and she was also part of the Tigers’ record-setting 4x800 relay, which won in 10:24.

The Mitchell girls’ other meet record was set by Celeste Cardona, the Class C girls’ state cross country champion in the fall who won Saturday’s 3,200 meters in 12:42.

Mitchell junior Aspen Reifschneider scored three individual victories. She captured the 200 dash in 28.8 seconds, the long jump with a leap of 15-1½ and the triple jump at 31-9. McKenna Zulkoski had a pair of wins of her own, claiming the 100 dash in 13.26 seconds and the 400 dash in 1:03.3.

Morgan Michael added another Mitchell victory in the shot put at 33-4, and the Tigers’ 4x400 relay also placed first in 4:25.

Cardona earned a runner-up finish in the 800 run in 2:33.3, and third-place finishes belonged to Devin Beaver in the 800 (2:36) and Madison Watson in the 1,600 (6:04) and triple jump (30-4).

In the boys’ meet, Mitchell sophomore Drew Gilliland swept the hurdles races. He set a meet record in the 110 high hurdles in 16.14, and he completed the 300 intermediate hurdles in 43.75.

Mitchell’s other boys’ meet record came in the 4x800 relay, with the Tigers taking first in 9:00.7.

Senior Levi Avila, the Class C boys’ state cross country champ in the fall, had one of the top performances in the meet by earning three individual victories. He dominated the longest races, winning the 800 (2:11), 1,600 (5:07), and 3,200 (11:00).

Christian Perez also had a strong showing, recording wins in the 200 (24.15) and long jump (18-6) and placing third in the 100 (11.4).

The Mitchell boys’ other victory came from Garret Braman, who topped the field in the high jump with a leap of 5-8.

The Tigers’ runner-up finishers included Chase Watson in the 800 (2:14) and 1,600 (5:15); Tate Harvey in the 3,200 (11:13); Cole Beaver in the high jump (5-6); Chris Armstrong in the pole vault (10-0); and the 4x400 relay.

Mitchell’s third-place medalists included Harvey in the 800 (2:18); Cody Mueller in the pole vault (9-0); Vinicius DeSilva in the long jump (17-11 3/4); Colby Eberspecher in the discus (119-2) and shot put (41-1); and Adam Schlotthauer in the triple jump (39-3).

Placing fourth for Mitchell were Harvey in the 1,600 (5:19) and Edward Grentz in the 3,200 (11:19).

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