Monticello dominates at home to win boys, girls Region 23 track and field championships
The 2022 Region 23 Track and Field Championship held in Monticello on Wednesday, May 11 was an exciting prelude to the upcoming state championships to be held May 20-21 in Provo, UT.
To qualify for state in the 1A classification, athletes must place in the top four individually, the top two in a relay team, or by reaching rigorous distance or time marks earlier in the season.
The Buckaroos showed they meant business as they hosted region opponents Monument Valley, Whitehorse, and Pinnacle Canyon.
Not only did Monticello qualify 28 athletes for state – many in multiple events – but both the girls and boys teams won region championships, accumulating double the amount of points as the second-place teams.
Nial Reay set a new personal record, winning the 100-meter race with a time of 11.60 seconds. Easton Young joined Reay in the top four, finishing fourth.
Reay hucked the discus 11 feet farther than the second-place finisher in the discus to add another win to his accomplishments. Geoff Lundel threw the discus 83 feet, two inches to earn third.
Junior Berlynn Black has been a consistent top performer this season for the Bucks. This meet was no exception. She placed in four events, including wins in the 300-meter hurdles, high jump, and long jump. She took second in the 200 meter to rake in 30 points for the team on the day.
Monticello dominated the distance races. In the girls 3200, the top three places were filled by Lilli Burton, Lily Long, and Ayla Carling. Burton and Carling were joined by Marah Long to repeat the top-three pattern in the 800. Carling also won the 1600.
In the boys 3200, the second through fourth places were taken by Jesse Pettit, Curtis Bunker, and Kaden Pehrson. Bunker, Pehrson, and Joshua Wheeler snatched those same places in the 1600. Pettit and Pehrson also took second and third in the 800 meter.
Bunker took third in the 300-meter hurdles behind teammates Chandler Henderson (second) and Jacob Johnson (first). Johnson also added two fourth-place finishes in the 200 and long jump to close out an exceptional day.
Tavon Black was the solitary male Buckaroo in the 110 hurdles, but he represented the team considerably well by winning the event.
In the hurdle events, Shayla Pehrson and Sadie Adair took second and third in the 300 hurdles. Adair also won the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.73 seconds. Both of Adair’s performances were substantial personal records
The Buckaroos cleaned house in the boys javelin competition, with every state-qualifying place being seized by a team member. Logan Draper, Robert Morrison, Chandler Henderson, and Joshua Wheeler were the athletes who skillfully achieved this coup.
Morrison collected two additional second-place finishes in the 200 meter and shot put competitions.
Donovan Atwood also placed in the shot put, finishing third with a throw of 34 feet, 10.5 inches, a new personal record.
Taylor Lewis, Sadie Adair, and Rosey Beh procured first, second, and third places in the 100 meter. Lewis repeated her win in the 200 meter.
Beh repeated her placing with a third-place finish in the 200 meter and also won the 400 meter with a time of 1:16.25. She was joined by Aubrey Black who took second. Shayla Pehrson threw the discus 78 feet, one inch to earn a fourth-place finish in the discus for the girls.
Senior Boston Freestone showed why he has been one of the pillars of the Buckaroo team with wins in the 400 and high jump as well as a fourth-place finish in the 200. Soren Welch finished second in the 400, just behind Freestone.
In the high jump, Tommy Sheeran and Freestone fought to the finish with Freestone barely eking out the win and Sheeran coming in a close second. Easton Young jumped five feet, four inches and placed fourth to join his teammates in state qualifying.
Other athletes contributing to Monticello’s team score included Logan Draper (fifth in the 100 and 200), Tavon Black (sixth in the 200), Saydi Young (fifth in the 100), Curtis Bunker (fifth in the 800), Kyleigh Adair (sixth in shot put and discus), Kenlee Atwood (fifth in discus), Easton Young (fifth in javelin), Donovan Atwood (fifth in discus), the boys 4x100 relay (first), the boys 4x400 relay (first), the girls 4x400 relay (first), and the boys and girls sprint medley relays (first).
Weston Manygoats, in the final high school region meet of his illustrious career, easily claimed a win in the 3200 meter at the Region 23 Championship May 11 in Monticello.
Several seconds slower than his personal record, Manygoats still finished 20 seconds before the next competitor. He also won the 800 and 1600 meter races at the event, an impressive three-peat for a talented runner.
Brett James claimed two state-qualifying places with a third-place finish in the 400 meter and a fourth-place finish in the 800 meter.
In the 400 meter and 1600 meter, Yanabah Smith nabbed two fourth-place finishes. Her performance in the 400 was a personal record for the sophomore.
Edging out the third-place athlete from Pinnacle was Kailee Tohonnie who took second in the long jump with a jump of 12 feet, 1.25 inches.
Shania Mitchell took third place in the shot put and discus. Although neither performance was a personal record for her, they were impressive nonetheless and still secured Mitchell a place at the state meet.
Both the Raider boys and girls 4x100 relay teams took second.
Three Cougars earned state qualifications by placing at the region meet. Shandon Fatt was the first of those athletes when he took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, six inches.
Donique Ateen accomplished the feat in two events and won one of those. She finished first in the shot put with a sizable personal record of over a foot. She finished fourth in the javelin competition.
Philena Hanley was the last individual athlete to qualify for state, doing so in the shot put with her fourth place finish and throw of 28 feet, seven inches. The girls 4x100 relay team bested Whitehorse to earn first place.