Monticello girls golf wins third straight region match

The Monticello girls golf team had another successful week when they traveled to Morgan on Tuesday, April 27 to play the Round Valley Golf Course, home of the North Summit Lady Braves.

Coming into the match the Lady Buckaroos were in first place in the region and nothing changed in that regard as they picked up their third straight region win.

It was a convincing victory with Monticello outscoring Gunnison Valley and North Summit by 54 shots and 27 respectively, carding a cumulative score of 433. Altamont did not attend the match.

Individually, Olivia Chamberlain shot a 101 to lead her team and that performance was good enough for her fourth straight tournament win as well.

Amy Lewis had a great round, shooting a 103 to place second overall. She was followed by teammates Kylie Rogers (113), Kennedy Brewer (116), Gabi Dowell (119), and Kahryme Alvarado (127).

In the individual region standings, Monticello has four golfers in the top six positions after four matches. Chamberlain leads the region with a scoring average of 98. That is far ahead of the second-place Gunnison Valley golfer who is averaging 111.25 shots per round.

Lewis currently sits third overall with a scoring average of 118.25 followed by Rogers and Brewer who are both averaging 120 shots per round in a tie for sixth. Jade Nielson is ranked 12th overall with her average of 127.33 per round.

As a team, Monticello is comfortably in first position, averaging 461 shots per round. North Summit is second with a 479.50 average. Gunnison Valley and Altamont (512.33) are third and fourth with averages of 491 and 512.33 respectively.

This week, the Lady Bucks hosted the rest of the region on Tuesday, May 4 at the Hideout. It was a great opportunity for the team to extend their region lead going into next week’s region championships at Hobble Creek in Springville.

Track and field
This past week the Monticello track and field team split up to attend two separate meets. Part of the team traveled to Price on Friday, April 30 to compete at the Eastern Utah Championships while others attended the Bingham Invitational in South Jordan on Saturday, May 1.

On Friday afternoon in Price the Monticello girls competed hard to score three points as a team and place tenth out of ten competing teams. They were well behind San Juan who finished sixth with 35 points and Grand County who scored 44 to earn fourth.

Shayla Pehrson claimed tenth overall in the 3200-meter with a time of 17:03.37. She followed that with a 16th-place finish in the 1600, running a 6:53.42.

Berlynn Black was the top Lady Buck in the 100-meter sprint with a 21st-place finish in 14.31. She was followed by Cami Lewis in 30th (14.58), Rosy Beh in 47th place (15.28), Cami Dowell in 51st (16.44), and Hailey Gillette in 53rd (17.10).

In the 200, Black got a 24th-place finish, running a 30.11, followed by Beh in 35th place recording a time of 32.18.

Gillette ran a time of 23.85 to claim 26th place in the 100-meter hurdles and Pehrson was the lone Monticello runner in the 300 hurdles, placing 19th overall in 58.97.

In the field events, Monticello’s Cami Lewis and Berlynn Black tied for seventh in the high jump (though Black was credited with eighth) when they both cleared 4-08.

The Monticello boys also struggled as a partial team, only placing eighth out of ten teams competing with a score of 21 points.

The Bucks were right behind San Juan who placed seventh with a score of 28 points and Grand who earned sixth with a score of 37. Union High School won the meet, scoring 141 points overall.

In the 1600-meter, Buckaroo Curtis Bunker placed 19th overall, running a time of 5:18.68. Ryan Nielson was next across the line for MHS in 28th with a time of 6:00.77. Nielson followed that with a 24th-place finish in the 800 with a 2:49.21.

In the sprints and middle distances, Boston Freestone placed 26th overall in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 12.54. Teammate Nielson ran a 12.85 for a 31st-place finish. Cameron Bailey (34th place – 12.91) and Chandler Henderson (50th place – 13.82) also competed.

Freestone was the top Buckaroo again in the 200, crossing the line in 25.03 for a 16th-place finish. Fellow junior, Bailey, ran a time of 26.51 to finish 33rd. Henderson came home 45th in 28.81.

Freestone had his best finish of the day in the 400-meter, placing fifth with a time of 53.72. Ryan Nielson ran hard in the 800 and placed 24th overall with a time of 2:49.21.

Monticello was fifth as a team in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:21.16. The relay team consisted of Cameron Bailey, Chandler Henderson, Ryan Nielson, and Curtis Bunker.

Bunker was the lone Monticello finisher in the 300-meter hurdles, placing 21st with a time of 54.46.

In the field events, Boston Freestone earned third in the high jump clearing 5-11. In the shot put, Robert Musselman claimed sixth overall with a 40-03 and Tuff Adair got seventh with a 40-01.50.

Musselman had another nice effort in the discus, claiming sixth place with a toss of 108-01. He followed that with another sixth-place finish in the javelin with a 142-08.

Saturday at Bingham High School in South Jordan, many of Monticello’s top boys performers competed in a meet that presumably had larger schools and better competition than in Price the preceding day.

With only two boys at the event, Monticello still placed ninth as a team in the field of 26, scoring 32 points behind 5A Corner Canyon’s 34, 5A Maple Mountain’s 54, and 6A Bingham who won the meet with 78 points.

Cedar English had a great day in his field events, winning the long jump with a 21-07. He also placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-11, and came away with fifth place in the discus with a 119-02. English also competed in the 100-meter sprint, placing 43rd overall with a time of 12.48.

Fellow Buckaroo Cory Bunker had some nice finishes of his own, claiming fourth in the 3200-meter (10:15.76), seventh in the 1600 (4:38.99), and 16th in the 800 (2:10.68). In his lone field event, Bunker threw the javelin 136 feet, 0.25 inches, which earned him a fourth-place finish.

This week on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8 the Monticello team members who qualified will compete at the BYU Invitational in Provo.

The annual meet provides excellent competition and is a very good warmup for the Region 16 meet on May 12 in Coalville and the state meet the following weekend at the same track on the BYU campus.

The Monticello baseball team was 1-15 overall and 0-11 in the 2A Central to begin the week. They closed out their regular season in a rivalry clash with the Grand County Red Devils in Monticello Tuesday, May 4.

The first round and quarterfinals of the 2A Utah State Baseball Championships will commence this weekend on Saturday, May 8 with the finals set for the following week May 13-15.

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