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RHS track teams look to peak for postseason
Apr 25, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The final lap is here for the Riverton Wolverines in the 2014 track and field season.
The Wolverines competed at the Douglas Invitational on Friday.
RHS will be at the Kelly Walsh Invitational on Saturday, May 3, and the annual Shane Brock Invitational ends the regular season on Saturday, May 10.
"We have pushed the kids pretty hard in the last couple of weeks with three meets in nine days mixed in with some tough training workouts, but it will all pay off toward the end of the season," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said.
"On the boys side, we are really improving," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said. "We are starting to get some depth to the team, which is kind of nice to have."
Sean Watts and Shepp Campbell are top contributors for the Wolverines.
Watts is a Class 4-A state title contender in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
"We have guys like Sean and Shepp who are scoring high, but we have a lot of underclassmen who are backing them up," Gopp said.
Campbell raced the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles Tuesday at the Riverton meet.
"Shepp has made some breakthrough in his form," Gopp said. "The triple jump is something new for him. "
Riverton's Ben Zoller has been scoring high in the 3,200 meters and the 1,600 meters.
"Ben has put a lot of miles in the offseason," Gopp said. "He does a lot of outdoor hiking in the offseason.
"We are still working on some speed with him. He has really good endurance, but we kind of need to improve on his speed."
Right now, the 3,200 meters is the top event for Zoller.
"That is probably his most likely chance to get to state," Gopp said.
Brandon Fullerton won the 400 meters in a time of 52.80.
"Brandon is now looking really good," Gopp said.
A major improvement has come in the Riverton girls 4x100-meter relay.
The relay team posted a time of 52.27 at the Riverton Twilight meet. The four on the team were Kyli Yorgason, Nancy Webb, Jensyn Pettit and Ashtyn Leisy.
"The should be able to continue in cutting time," Griffith said. "Right now, they are ranked second in our region with that time."
Leisy, Pettit and Webb finished in the top three in the long jump.
Leisy had a winning mark of 16-5.25.
"I'm really excited about the progress our field events are making," Griffith said. "We have state qualifier contenders in the shot, discus, pole vault, long jump and triple jump."
Jordan Settlemire had the top throw in the shot put at 30-10.50.
Teammate Jacee Shultz won the discus in 100-10.50.
"Each of those young ladies will need to be at peak performance when it counts, but I have full confidence that we are headed in the right direction," Griffith said.