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RHS athletes ready to take spotlight at Roy Peck meet
Apr 4, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Events begin at 9 a.m. and should be finished by 5 p.m. at Wolverine Field.
The Wyoming high school track and field season is less than a month old, and it's already time for the Riverton High School track and field program to be in the spotlight during the annual Roy Peck Invitational on Saturday at Wolverine Field.
The Roy Peck will feature teams from Class 4-A, 3-A, 2-A and 1-A.
Events begin at 9 a.m. and should be finished by 5 p.m.
"We are always excited to host this meet," RHS co-head coach Jorah Griffith said. "This is a great meet for the area. It's exciting for the kids. The competition is going to be really great."
Teams signed up for the Roy Peck as of Thursday morning include Burlington, Dubois, Evanston, Lander Valley High School, Pinedale, Shoshoni, Star Valley, Thermopolis, Western Heritage Lutheran Academy, Wind River, Worland and Wyoming Indian.
"We are normally around 14 to 15 teams," Griffith said. "It changes every year. For us, we are going to be a little shorthanded coming off at the end of spring break. We are going to do the best that we can."
"The girls that have been doing well are going to continue to do well," Griffith said.
The two leaders for the RHS girls are Ashtyn Leisy and Jensyn Pettit.
"The competition is going to push them, especially in the running events," Griffith said. "That makes such a hugh difference."
Pettit will probably compete in the high jump, long jump, 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Leisy is planning on being in the long jump, either the 200 meters or the 400 meters, and maybe on the 4x100-meter relay.
"We have some other girls that are on the borderline that will be able to start producing well and helping with the team more," Griffith said.
The young RHS girls in the long jump are Kate Gamble and Michaela Kecther.
Griffith is excited to see what Jacee Shultz can do in discus.
"Her discus is starting to get really good," Griffith said. "It's time for some good marks. The good weather is going to help."
"We started off with good numbers," RHS co-head coach Tawn Gopp said. "We have had some good performances. We had a few kids that were out of track shape, and now they are starting to come around."
RHS athlete Brandon Fullerton jumped onto the leaderboard last week when he cleared a height of 6-1 in the high jump during a dual with Lander Valley High School.
"Brandon had a great basketball season," Gopp said. "He has come out with a real positive attitude. He is hard working; he had great form. That helped him to get over the bar."
Gopp expects Fullerton to go even higher Saturday at the Roy Peck.
"He was really close at getting a 6-2," Gopp said. "I'm hoping that he will make that in the next couple of weeks."
Lane Savage is throwing 48-0 for the Wolverines in shot put.
"Lane can throw over 50-0," Gopp said.
Savage's teammate Sean Watts started off well in the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
"Sean should place high at the meet," Gopp said.
Watts is close to getting the qualifying time in the 100 meters.
The Class 4-A qualifying time is 11.44.
The best time from Watts this season is 11.47.
Riverton's Seth Quayle ran the 300-meter hurdles for the first time in his career last week.
"He is starting to show some progress in the 300-meter hurdles," Gopp said.
"We are hoping that he is going to run it again. He is still trying to figure it out."
Quayle's teammate Trent Yorgason went 11-0 in the pole vault competition. "We are working on some speed with Trent," Gopp said.
"With pole vault, you have to transition from speed to height. Without the speed, you don't get the transition. His form is great."