CHS Track and Field ready to prove their skills at home meet
Nearing the midway point of the season, the Carbon High Track and Field team is hoping that a home meet this weekend will give them not only a chance to showcase their talents but provide them with a boost heading into the final half of the season.
CHS will host over 15 teams for the Carbon High Farm Bureau Invite this Saturday (April 13) starting at 9 a.m. at the Carbon High Track.
Now with a chance to run and perform on the same track they practice on multiple times a week, Carbon High head coach Jimmy Jewkes said his team is looking to post a strong performance on their home turf.
"Overall, I think we're improving," Jewkes said after the most recent meet in Uintah on April 5. "We had a lot of athletes do well at the meet."
Some of those included senior distance runner Rachel Goodrich, who took first in the 1600 M (5:50.87) and 3200 M (13:52.00) races.
"She (Goodrich) ran those races back-to-back and did very well," he said.
Fellow senior Diana Olsen took second in both the 800 M (2:39.05) and the 1600 M (5:54.52) races.
Both the boys and girls' medley teams took first place at the Uintah meet finishing in 3:52.69 and 4:43.00 respectively.
Other notable performances for the girls team:
Shailee Croasmun, a junior, finished fourth in the discus. Seniors Paula Gibson and Kayleigh Potts and junior Kialey Page finished in fourth, sixth and eighth places respectively.
Other notable performances for the boys team:
Austin Barber, a senior, finished in fourth place in the 1600 M race. Dallin Quinton, a sophomore, took sixth place in the high jump. Kyle Barrett, a junior, took fifth place in the 400 M race. Wyatt Hansen, a senior, and Gabe Van Dyke, a freshman, took second and fourth place respectively in the high jump.
With all of the scores tallied, Carbon High finished in second place with 181.5 points behind first place Uintah with 297.5. The girls team finished in second place with 108.5 points behind Uintah and the boys team finished in the middle of the pack with a total of 10 teams participating.
While performing well in the competition was on the minds of all the Carbon High athletes, Jewkes said he was very pleased with the actions of Marsing during a 3200 M race. Jewkes said Marsing spent much of the race focusing not on himself, but instead he was encouraging a friend and fellow competitor from Uintah High, Spencer White, into one of his better performances. Marsing paced White around the track for a number of laps, even running backward at one point while shouting out encouragements. Jewkes said he received phone calls from people in the booth overlooking the track asking what was going on.
"Everybody was asking me what exactly Garrett was doing out there," said Jewkes.
At the end of the race, White and Marsing crossed the finish line tied for third place with a total time of 12:11.00.
After the race, Jewkes said a number of people came up to him and said it was a moment they won't forget anytime soon.
"Garrett was just helping his friend out there and a lot of the coaches who came up to me after the race said it was a class act," he explained. "That's the kind of thing you like to see from your athletes."
Carbon High will travel to Union High for a tri meet on Thursday (April 11) for a final tuneup before the home meet on Saturday.
"We'll use the meet at Union like a guide or a workout in preparation for our home meet and we'll try to steer clear of any injuries as well," he said.
Results and times from the events Carbon High has participated in can be found at runnercard.com.