Sparse Buckaroo track and field teams attend two meets
It may have been Spring Break 2021, but a handful of team members from the Monticello track and field teams took some time off from relaxing and having fun to attend two different meets in Price on Friday, March 19 and in St. George on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20.
At the Carbon Invitational in Price, a small Monticello boys team was one of 20 teams in attendance from all over the state.
Competing mainly in field events, Buckaroo Robert Morrison placed eighth in the long jump to score Monticello’s only team point, with a distance of 18-9.
Teammate Jacob Johnson jumped 14-6 to place 45th in the long jump. Morrison also threw the discus 81-9.5 feet to place 25th in that event while Tuff Adair threw a 79-10 to place 29th. Adair also heaved the shot put 33-2.5 to place 20th overall.
Morrison was the lone Buckaroo competing in a track event. He ran a 12.58 to place 23rd in the 100-meter.
On the other side of the state, another small contingency of track and field participants from MHS competed in sunny St. George at the Snow Canyon Invitational. It was a meet that fielded teams from 27 Utah high schools – many from the southwest part of the state.
In St. George, as in Price, Monticello had its best success in the field events. Cedar English took home two second-place finishes and a third-place finish in the long jump, javelin, and high jump.
English achieved season bests in the long jump, leaping 21-3.5, and javelin with a throw of 167-4 to take home two second-place podium finishes. He also had a high jump of 6-1 to place third in that event.
Cedar’s sister Olive was the lone Lady Buckaroo at the meet, participating in the javelin and shot put. In the javelin, she threw a 48-1 to place 56th and tossed the shot put 22-2 to place 35th in that event.
Monticello also participated in some mid- to long-distance events. Cory Bunker ran in the 800-meter and logged a time of 2:15 for a 34th place finish.
Curtis and Cory Bunker both ran the 1600 and recorded times of 4:43 and 5:31 to place 32nd and 80th overall.
The brothers also ran the 3200. Cory crossed the finish line with a time of 10:03 to place 20th overall and Curtis placed 52nd with a time of 11:44.
This weekend, on Saturday, March 27, larger Buckaroo track and field teams will travel to Roosevelt to participate in the Strata Invitational.
The Monticello baseball team had all of Spring Break off, but they were back in action on Tuesday, March 23 on the road against the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs.
The Buckaroos will host their first home game of the season when the rival San Juan Broncos visit on Thursday, March 25.
The Monticello girls golf team will start the season this Thursday, March 25 when they travel to Price/Helper to play the Carbon Country Club in a Region 16 match. We’ll have those results next week.
The team is fairly large this year with nine girls participating.
They are Olivia Chamberlain, Kennedy Brewer, Kylie Rogers, Jade Nielson, Amy Lewis, Madi Keyes, Kahrayme Alvarado, Gabi Dowell, and Stevi Young.