Panther girls finish third as a team

RANGELY | Despite only having had two track meets so far this season, there are several student-athletes competing for the Rangely High School track and field team who are running, jumping and throwing full steam ahead into the shortened spring season.

Again, the small team of 11 girls managed to pack a lot of power into their performances as they claimed a third place team finish in a meet made up of 15 teams. After winning four events (long jump, triple jump, 800-meter run, 3,200-meter run), Mary Scoggins was awarded the Ben Eastman Memorial Award for Outstanding Female Athlete. Dixie Rhea also made great use of her day, rewriting the Rangely record books as she claimed victory in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.80 to break Tina Hames’ 1992 school record. Rhea then went on to win the 200-meter dash with teammate Maya Mercado shortly behind her in third. Mercado won the high jump competition and sophomore Rylee Allred placed third in the discus.

For the boys, Kenyon Cochran led the much smaller-than-normal team of five athletes with a victory in the discus as he threw 134-8. Timothy Scoggins finished runner-up in the high jump and Colton Noel crossed the finish line of the 3,200m run in third.

“I am pleased with where we are so far in the season. We still have a lot of work to do, but our potential is certainly there. All of the athletes have been working really hard to get better every day, but it’s been especially fun to see all the hard work paying off for some of our upperclassmen after missing the chance to compete last year,” said head coach Beth Scoggins.

The Panthers will be competing in Grand Valley next Saturday as the school year begins to wrap up.

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