The Grand County High School spring sports season came to an end with the Utah State 2A Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, at Brigham Young University in Provo, where the Red Devil girls placed 10th and the Red Devil boys placed 14th.
The Grand girls scored 20.5 points for 10th place, well behind champion Millard’s 128 points. Ten points were awarded for a first-place finish, eight for second and descending from six points to one point for third through eighth. Junior Kwincey Wells scored eight of Grand’s points, placing sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.38 and fourth in the long jump at 16 feet 1 inch, which was less than an inch away from the first-place jump of 16 feet, 1.75 inches. Wells just missed out on being one of the nine finalists in the 100-meter race, placing 11th in the preliminary heats at 13.61 seconds. She placed 12th in the preliminary heats in the 300-meter hurdles, running a 49.86.
Grand junior Britnee Lewis also posted a top-eight finish in two different events, placing fifth in the shot put at 29 feet, 5.5 inches; and seventh in the discus at 88 feet, 8.5 inches, scoring six points for the Lady Red Devils. Senior Kasey Betts tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing five feet to earn 3.5 team points. Betts was also a member of two separate eighth-place relay teams as sophomores Alexa Pierce, Heather Sweeney and Megan Pfnister joined her to run a 4:44.58 in the medley relay. The same four girls ran a 4:28.78 in the 4×400-meter relay. In the 4×100-meter relay, Pfnister and Sweeney were joined by sophomore Lindsey Meadows and freshman Baelie Pierce for a seventh-place 54.08.
For the boys, senior Richie Cordero’s fourth-place 149-foot, 8.75 inch throw in the javelin and senior Jasen Christensen’s fifth-place 115-foot, 9.75-inch throw in the discus accounted for Grand’s nine team points. Fellow senior Qordale Tsosie placed 17th in the javelin with a 127-foot, 9.75-inch throw. Champion North Summit scored 95 points.
The Red Devils had several runners compete in the longer-distance races, including seniors Mason Tranter and Andrew Hugentobler, who placed 12th and 14th, respectively in the 800-meter race. Tranter ran the race in 2:06.14 and Hugentobler was less than a second behind him at 2:06.90. Tranter and Hugentobler were also part of the medley relay team along with junior Josh Stalpes and sophomore Rylan Ruggeri that was disqualified because of a handoff that occurred before the exchange zone. In the 4×400-meter relay, freshmen Dakota Johnson and Ryan Lewis joined Hugentobler and Tranter for a 12th-place 3:51.11.
Lewis also ran in two individual events, placing 12th in the 3,200-meter race at 11:08.19 and 14th in the 1,600-meter race at 5:02.33. Hugentobler finished just ahead of him in 13th place at 5:00.28.
Kwincey Wells, Britnee Lewis post top-eight finishes in multiple events