The Carbon Track Team went to Vernal to participate in the Uintah Invitational. The Carbon girls won their meet and the Dino boys finished an amazing second despite cold windy weather..
Both girls and boys teams knew that they had their work cut out for them. There were 13 schools including Wasatch,Union, Rangley, Rich and 4A Uintah. Most of the teams had more athletes than Carbon.
"The team was told by the coaches that if they wanted to win the meet they would have to run the best they could in the cold. Each athlete is allowed to compete in a maximum of four events and many of the Dinos did that," remarked Coach Jimmy Jewkes. "It was going to be more challenging for the Carbon boys because Carson Tatton was injured and could not compete.
"The boy's placed second overall which was amazing. There were guys that stepped up everywhere," stated Jewkes. "We had a lot of guys that pulled points and did well."
Daulton Nelson finish 1st in the long jump with a jump of 20'3". This is enough to qualify for state. He also took 2nd in the 200. Kaleb Kulow stepped up in the 110 hurdles for the first time with a 3rd. He also placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles. Tyler Johnson placed in both hurdle events; 5th and 7th respectfully. Derek Quinton took 4th in the Long jump. Luke Olsen and Stefan Larson ran the exact same time in the 400 to tie for 3rd. Justin Hepworth took 2nd in the 3200 meters.
"We had an amazing effort from all of our guys. Even Carson Tatton switched to throwing while injured to try to help," Coach Jewkes said. "This guy's team is exactly that, a team. We have a lot that just want to run and you can never count them out. This has been one of my favorite teams to coach."
Jewkes continued on,"The coaches knew the girl's team didn't have the depth to pull off a first place finish unless we had girls run everything they could. Most of the girls did four events."
Karrisa Nelson and Reagan Powell led the team in points. Nelson took 1st in both hurdle races; 2nd in the Javelin and 3rd in the Long Jump. Powell swept the distance races winning everything over 400 meters. She placed 1st in the 3200, 1600, and 800. She also ran on the 4x400 team with Kaleigh Potts, Kristen Jewkes, and Kacylia Ivory finishing 3rd bringing her total to 36 points.
Ivory placed 2nd in the 300 hurdles and 3rd in the 100 hurdles. She also ran a 800 and a 400 on relay teams. Diana Nelson and Rachel Goodrich also ran the 3200,1600 and 800. The finishing times from those two played a important role in the Lady Dinos winning the meet.
"It is hard to run those races like that, but they stepped up and performed well. That distance group is young and none of them are seniors," continued Jewkes. "To score that many points you still need more girls to step up so the sprints and jumps came up big as well.".
Kristen Jewkes jumped a State Qualifying height and took second with 5'1" in the high jump. K. Potts placed 3rd and Abby Powell got 4th. Sara Potts took 2nd in the long jump.
The 100 meter and 200 meter were all about Amanda Freestone as she placed 2nd in the 100 and 3rd in the 200. Freestone also ran on the 4x100 team and took 7th in the high jump.
"There were a lot of girls that did well. I wish I could list everyone because both teams did very well. They were a team and did awesome," concluded Jewkes. "The meet also keeps track of the combined points of both teams for all the schools. Carbon's track team was first place overall. This was amazing accomplishment since we were so outnumbered in athletes."
Complete results can be viewed at http://results.runnercard.com/Results/results.jsp?meetid=3295
Carbon will get to show off for the home crowd at the annual Farm Bureau Invitational this Saturday on the Carbon High Track. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the home team. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. and finals for events will be in the afternoon.