RANGELY I After many weeks on the road, the Rangely High School track teams were able to run on a familiar track again as they hosted the Rangely Panther Invitational.
“All the athletes performed well, even though the weather was working against us,” coach Beth Scoggins said. “It was nice for the athletes to show off in front of the home crowd.”
The boys captured first place at the meet with 171 points; the girls finished third with 92 points.
Rebecca Gillard placed third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 21.98, which was a personal best. She also captured third 300-meter hurdles with a time of 1:10.20. With very little rest, she found herself running the 200 meters for a time of 37.64.
Mitchell Webber was one of the high scorers for the Panthers, placing second in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 16.96, and first-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.87. Both were personal bests.
Meikka Peck stepped up and ran the 100-meter dash in 15.39. She also threw the discus for 65 feet for seventh and the shot put for 22-11 for seventh place.
Savannah Nielsen keeps taking time off in the 1600 and 3200 runs. This week she ran the 1600 in 6:07.72, good for second place, and she took nearly 14 seconds off her previous best. Later in the day she ran for first place in the 3200 meters, taking 23 seconds off her previous best in a time of 13:37.13.
“It is fun to see her improve, she is running strong right now,” Scoggins said.
Ryan Barlow ran a 6:08.68 in the 1600 taking seventh place. He has taken off 45 seconds for his mile since the beginning of track season. He also ran the 800 with a personal best of 2:57.23.
Lindzey Thacker gave the 400-meter dash a try this week and found success. She placed second with a time of 1:05.94, and she she also placed second in the high jump, clearing 4-5. She also found herself in the 100-meter dash, placing fifth with a 14.39 and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 12-2.5.
Katelyn Brown also ran the 400 meters with a time of 1:07.55 placing third, and she took first place in the long jump with a 14-3 leap and the triple jump with a distance of 32-3.5, both being personal bests.
Patrick Scoggins captured first place in the 400-meter with a time of 52.20 and in the 200-meter with a time of 24.12, both being personal bests as well.
Ethan Allred took first in the 800-meter with a time of 2:10.66, and fifth in the shot put with 37-5 toss, which was a personal best.
“It is fun to watch Ethan run; you never wonder if he is giving his best, he is a hard worker,” Scoggins said.
Troy Allred found himself right behind Ethan with a second place in the 800 meter with a time of 2:14.38, which was a personal best. He also found himself with a personal best and a second-place finish in the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 39-6.5.
James Scoggins ran a 2:29.54 in the 800 and took second in the 3200 with a time of 13:48.28.
Kaulan Brady didn’t just jump this week but also ran the 200-meter dash for fourth place in a time of 24.93. In the jumping events, he also took third in both the long jump with a distance of 17-11 and the high jump with a height of 5-7.
Jessica Tolley was ninth and set a personal best in the discus with a throw of 61-05 and she placed 10th in the shot put with a throw of 20-0.75.
Dawn Stephens threw the discus, taking 10th place with a throw of 47-10, which was a personal best, and she took fourth place in shot put with a toss of 26 feet.
McKenzie Webber threw the discus 37-09 and the shot for 25-1.75 to capture fifth place.
Colt Allred found himself with two first place finishes in the shot put and discus. His discus toss of 141-3 was also a personal best; and his throw of 44-8.75 won him the shot put. In addition, he was fourth in the triple jump with leaps totaling 38-2, which was also a personal best.
Chance Sheppard was also able to score in the shot and discus while reaching new personal bests in both. His shot put distance was 35-2 and good for sixth place and his discus toss was 108-9 for fifth place, which was a personal best by more than four feet.
Austin Ficken also threw a personal best in the discus with a throw of 86-8.50, and in the shot put, he threw for 29-11.50.
Brennan Noyes set a personal best in the high jump, which he won with a leap of 6-2, and he placed second and sent a personal best in the triple jump with a combination of 39-4.50.
Marshal Way jumped all three jumps. In the high jump he cleared 5-1, in the long jump he turned in a leap of 16-6 and placed sixth, and he took eighth place in the triple jump with a distance of 34-4.5.
The girls were again missing a couple of teammates, so they didn’t run any of the races.
The boys were able to run the 4×200, 4×100 and 4×400. The 4×200-meter team took second place with Kaulan Brady, Brennan Noyes, Colt Allred and Patrick Scoggins. The 4×100-meter team, made up of Nych Deleon, Brennan Noyes, Troy Allred and Ethan Allred, took third place. The 4×400-meter team took first place with a time of 3:42.95, which was almost 2 seconds off their fastest time. The team was made up of Mitchell Webber, Ethan Allred, Troy Allred and Patrick Scoggins.
Rangely was also able to put together a thrower’s relay, which was made up of Meikka Peck, Chance Sheppard, Dawn Stephans and Colt Allred, who combined efforts to place third.
Earlier this week, the Panther track team went to Palisade to compete in a JV meet on Wednesday. There were no official results since it was a JV meet, but most of the kids had personal bests and tried new events.
“With the JV meet, I am hoping the athletes get a chance to try new events without the pressure of performing at a varsity level,” Scoggins said, adding that the team was made up of mostly freshman and sophomores.
The Panther thinclads will find themselves heading to Craig on Friday and on Saturday, the team members will be helping with the middle school meet here in Rangely.