by Scott Boyle
Just one more track meet left, and it’s the big one, the Utah High School State track and field meet at Brigham Young Univeristy in Provo.
The Monticello Buckaroos prepared for the state meet by capturing both the boys and girls Region 19 Track championships at the track at San Juan High last Wednesday.
On a gorgeous spring day in Blanding, the Buckaroos captured 14 of 26 individual region titles and four of the six relays while qualifying 26 athletes for the state meet.
The boys ran and jumped and threw for 166 points to easily outdistance second place Whitehorse, who had 105 points. The Buckaroo gals competed for 128 points to Pinnacle’s second place 77 points.
Six Buckaroos won two championships each, including Isaiah Sheeran, Tyler Bird, and Shandon Bradford for the boys and Averi Christiansen, Sydney Redd and Hannah Leiataua for the girls team.
Freshman Adam Bunker and senior Andrew Torres had the other two titles for head coach Jeff Hunt’s cohorts.
Sheeran picked up where he left off at the BYU Invitational by capturing first place in the discus. He added to his medal haul with a win in the shot put, too.
Carson Duncan was second in the discus and third in shot put to qualify for state in both events.
Sheeran was also on two relay teams that took first place for four number one medals on the day.
Tyler Bird set the stage for some state heroics with a win in the 800m and the 3200m events. His little brother, sophomore Ryan Bird, was third in the 3200. Big Bird also anchored the victorious sprint medley relay to grab three titles on the day.
Bradford was first in both the 110 hurdles and the javelin, an interesting combination. Talon Black was second in the javelin to earn a trip to state, too.
Andrew Torres was the biggest leaper, winning the long jump. Weston Nebeker was fourth and gets to leap at state.
Adam Bunker, with a leap of 5'10", was the highest jumper of the day, with teammates Torres and Nebeker coming in second and third.
Other Buckaroos qualifying for the state meet are Brayson Wilcox with a second place in the 100m; Amalia De La Fuente and Gage Wilcox, who were second and third in the 200m; Eli Johnson and De La Fuente in the 400m after finishing second and fourth respectively; Thomas Anderson and Spencer Squires, who were second and third in the grueling 300 hurdles; and Johnson and Bunker, who finished third and fourth in the 1600.
The boys won the 4x100 relay with Torres, Gage and Brayson Wilcox, and Isaiah Sheeran carrying the baton. The sprint medley relay team, with Torres, Sheeran, Johnson and Bird, also crossed the finish line first.
Spencer Squires, Lucas Hatch, Nebeker and DeLa Fuente were second in the 4x400 relay.
Averi Christiansen was the region champ in both the 100m and high jump. She added a relay first place for three trips to the top of the victory stand.
Sydney Redd and AnnSheri Reay were second and third in the 100m to get to state in that event, while Halle Young made it to the state meet with a third place finish in the high jump.
Redd’s two championships came in the 200m and 100 hurdles. Christiansen was second in the hurdles.
With wins in the shot put and discus, Hannah Leiataua is also a two-time champ. Quincey Ryan was second in the shot put to get her turn at state.
Molly Anderson qualified for state in three events, the 3200m, 1600m and javelin, with second place finishes in all three.
Crystal Alba gets to go to state too with a fourth place finish in the 1600m, while Dakota Johnson will go in the javelin, thanks to her third place finish.
Aspen English will do the long jump next week after finishing second and Kendall Harris will compete in the 800m by virtue of her third place finish.
The girls also won two relays, the 4x100 with Ryan, Christiansen, Reay and Redd winning and the 4x400. No names were available on that relay.
The Buckaroo boys golf team qualified for the state golf meet this week, too, at Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley by capturing the Region 19 golf tournament in Price at Carbon Country Club.
Coach Nathan Chamberlain talked about his team in a recent email: “We as a team have won every match [this year] but our scores are about 30 strokes higher than last year.
“We have a very young team; four of the eight are freshman, Bridger Stonebrink, Britton Brewer, Evan Rowley and Wyatt Fullmer.
BrysonChamberlain is the only senior and Tanner Holt the lone Junior.
“Each have struggled the last few rounds, trying to break through and golf to their potential.
Justin Cecil and Jared Wells are the other players being sophomores.
“We shot our best round of the season at Carbon [earlier in the year]. We are looking forward to a few days of sunshine, but we all know the weather is as unpredictable as the high school players.
“Our last match here [at the Hideout] we had rain, snow and sunshine.”
Good luck to all the athletes as they end the year with a bang!