Herders strong as season nears end

‘Tis the season for inclement springtime weather, and the Sweet Grass County High School track and field team sure has had their fair share of it. While colder weather may bring stiff muscles, the SGHS team always brings the heat.


The Park City/Roundup meet Tuesday, April 25 in Columbus “definitely wasn’t a day for a PR (personal record),” head coach Jen Wood said post-meet, noting that the meet still went well for the team.

“We still had several that placed, but not in their normal spots,” she said.

Across the board, most athletes were a second or two slower than their regular times, and nearly half the team was missing from the Tuesday meet due to illness or homework.

On the girls team, freshman Jolie Wood came in third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 29.56 seconds.

In the 400 meter run Jolie joined forces with fellow runner junior Elle Terland and came in second with a score of 1:05.59, 1.2 seconds behind first place winner Savanna Wolff, of Roundup. Terland closely followed Jolie with a time of 1:06.99.

Freshman Isabella Donald came in fifth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 6:31.37.

In the 3200 meter run freshman Kendel Hudec dashed into second place at 14:47.06.

Sophomore Ashlyn Wood brought in fifth place in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 56.02.

Ashlyn and her three teammates, Donald, Terland and Jolie Wood, came in sixth during the 4x100 race with a time of 57.66.

In the 4x400 event, Jolie Wood, senior Brielle Stosich, Ashlyn Wood and Terland swooped into third place with a time of 4:45.61.

Brooklyn Pederson, a sophomore, came in third in the shot put event, with score of 30-05.50.

This week, coach Wood said she enjoyed watching senior discus athlete Carrie Lehman compete during the meet and noted that Lehman had a very good throw.

“It’s fun for us to watch Carrie. We’re always working the running events, so we never get to see her in action,” she said.

Lehman came in first at the meet with a score of 100-11, not her personal best, but a winning score nonetheless.

While in the ring, Lehman said she “zones out” and is always working to get a new personal record.

In practices she focuses on her form while throwing.

“I have to be very consistent and (work on) speed because that’s essential,” she said.

Her goal was to PR first thing out the season, and after accomplishing that at the second meet she’s set her sights on qualifying for state.

For the boys, freshman Taylen Dolan was the only one to place high in the events on Tuesday. In the 1600 meter run, he came in sixth with a time of 5:17.11.

Coach Wood said one boys athlete decided to try a different event moving forward, sophomore Orry Carroccia. Carroccia ran in the 4x400 relay for the first time and has expressed an interest in trying the 400 meter run.

“We’re excited to see how he does,” Wood said.

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By Olivia Keith / Pioneer Staff Writer




Photo courtesy of Dean Hendrickson



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