With depleted teams once again, the Buckaroo boys and girls track teams competed in the 2017 Carbon High Invitational on April 11 with good results. With many juniors and seniors in Washington D.C., the boys still placed fourth of nine teams while the girls were sixth of ten teams.
Adam Bunker claimed the only first place medal of the day when he cleared six feet in the high jump for the first time this year. Bunker cleared the bar on his second attempt before missing three times at 6'1".
Weston Nebeker also leaped a season best by clearing the bar at 5'10" in his third attempt to take third place.
Bunker was also second in the 1600 in a time of 4:46, lowering his personal record (PR) by 13 seconds.
Nebeker also doubled on the medal stand with a seventh place finish in the long jump, going 18'5". Nebeker’s best jump of the year was an 18'10.75" leap at the San Juan Championships in Blanding back in March.
Both have qualified in each event for the state championships in May.
Dylan Bird finished fifth in the 3200 in 12:16 while lowering his PR for the season. Bird’s previous best time was 12:45 at the SJ Championships.
Thomas Anderson and Lucas Hatch both brought home seventh place medals in their events. Anderson got his medal in the 300 hurdles and Hatch placed in the 400.
Two Buckaroo relay teams placed second, the sprint medley and the 4x400. Team members’ names were unavailable.
For the girls, Hannah Leiataua was the highest medal winner, placing third in the shot put with a put of 28'10", increasing her PR by 14 inches.
Dakota Johnson was fourth in the javelin. She chucked the spear 86’01”, nearly five feet farther than her previous best on the season and 15 feet better than her sophomore year.
Makayla Sheeran extended her high jump PR by three inches to 4'7", placing seventh.
Finally, the girls sprint medley, names unknown, placed fourth in 5:06, besting last week’s time at the Temple View Qualifier by two seconds.
Said head coach Jeff Hunt, “Yes, we had a really good day up at Carbon. The young kids are really starting to come around, and we have had several more kids qualify for the state meet. For the boys, we have someone ranked in the top five in 1A in most events.
Both games scheduled for this past week were canceled, one by the Bayfield Bobcats on Friday and Saturday by the Bucks against Shiprock, as the Bucks could only field seven players.
This week, the Bucks will be back at full strength and full potential against the Broncos of San Juan. The game begins at 3:30 pm. on Friday in Blanding.
“It has been a fun season so far,” approaches Buckaroo head golf coach, Nathan Chamberlain. “We have won each match and our score has dropped in every tournament.”
Nine golfers are hitting the links for the Bucks this year, with nary a senior in sight. Juniors Justin Cecil, Jared Wells and Jason Thomason; sophomores Britton Brewer, Bridger Stonebrink, Wyatt Fullmer, and Evan Rowley; and freshmen Bowden Hunter and Kyle Leavitt are teeing the ball up this season.
“As you can see, we are young team,” continues Chamberlain, “with three golfers participating for their first year, Jason, Bowden, and Kyle.
“Evan has been struggling with an injury from skiing during this past winter. Bowden has come on strong with a game very similar to his Grandpa Dell’s. Not flashy, but consistent. He is not intimidated while golfing in the first group out.
“Britton has taken the lead of the team where his brother Jens led his senior year. Britton has lowered his score in every match this year.
“Bridger, our number three, shows signs of breaking through at any match. He is learning to play smarter.
“Justin Cecil has the most experience on the team, and in Price last week shot his personal best.
“Wyatt brings a certain amount of energy to the team which at times lightens the seriousness of what we are doing.
“Evan, despite his injury, is determined to be part of the team. He spent a lot of time last year on the course, this being his second year of swinging a club.
“Jason can hit the ball a long ways (sometimes not so straight J) and shows potential.
“Kyle has the genetics to be a great golfer, and with time, I am sure he will get there.”
Region will be here this year at the Hideout on the 9th of May, then State at East Bay in Provo on May 16-17.
Chamberlain is assisted in his coaching duties by Shane Brewer.