Monticello and Whitehorse track teams compete in Castle Dale, Mancos

by Rhett Sifford
Sports Editor
The Monticello and Whitehorse track and field teams traveled to Castle Dale on Wednesday, April 24 for some midweek competition at the Darrell Gardner Invitational hosted by Emery High School.
The Monticello boys came home sixth with 52 points and the girls finished seventh with 29 points. The team scored a combined 81 points, which was good enough for seventh among the 12 teams at the event.
The Whitehorse boys scored four points to finish in a tie for tenth place in the boys division and they were 11th in the combined standings.
The Buckaroos brought home two first-place medals from the event. The 4x100 relay team of Tavon Black, Carter Rogers, Robert Morrison, and Soren Welch won their race with a time of 45.48.
The girls sprint medley team of Ayla Carling, Grace Coleman, Marah Long, and Maren Freestone also won their race, with a nice pace of 4:48.40.
Robert Morrison had a nice day with a couple second-place finishes. He was the runner up in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.31 and in the javelin with an excellent throw of 153 feet.
Morrison also took third in the boys shot put with a solid effort of 40-5.0 feet. Marah Long was third in the girls 1600 with a time of 5:51.02.
The Buckaroo boys finished fourth in the 4x400 relay in 3:55.13 with their team of Soren Welch, Chandler Henderson, Curtis Bunker, and Caleb Coleman.
The Lady Bucks crossed the line fourth in the 4x100 relay with Coral Delorenzis, Dani Black, Madison Adair, and Grace Coleman. Their time was 1:01.35
Soren Welch finished fifth for Monticello in the boys 400 meter with a time of 54.30. Chandler Henderson was sixth in the boys 300 hurdles with his time of 47.83.
Aaron Gillette took sixth in the 3200-meter race with a time of 11:46.77. Marah Long was sixth in the girls 800 meter with a time of 2:41.30. And Marah Long came in sixth in the girls high jump, clearing the bar at four feet, ten inches.
Chandler Henderson was seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a speedy 19.45. Carter Rogers was seventh in the 200 with a time of 25.09.
Alexis Bailey took seventh in the 3200 meter with her time of 16:08.26 and Jesse Pettit rounded out the scoring for the Buckaroos with an eighth-place finish in the 1600 with a 5:02.95.
For Whitehorse, Elam Etsitty, Landin Clark, and Robryan Tapaha finished sixth in the sprint medley with a time of 4:47.66.
And the team of Sebastian White, Riley Benallie, Landin Clark, and Elam Etsitty took eighth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 52.72.
Following their trip to Castle Dale, the Whitehorse teams took just a day off before heading to Mancos, CO for the annual Bluejay Invitational at Mancos High School.
The Raider boys scored 13 points to finish ninth while the girls scored ten points to finish tenth. Ethan Begay secured the top individual performance at the event with his fourth-place finish in the boys 1600 meter with a time of 5:25.09.
Lucas Collins was fifth in the boys shot put with a solid effort of 31 feet, 10.5 inches. Hope Palmer was fifth in the girls shot put with her distance of 23-04.00. Shandiin Roberts took fifth in the girls discus with a nice 66-05.00 throw.
Ethan Begay came home seventh in the boys 800-meter race for the Raiders with a time of 2:33.20 and Shandiin Roberts took seventh in the girls shot put with a 20-08.00.
Elam Etsitty finished eighth in the boys 400-meter dash with a time of 1:01.28 and Robryan Tapaha crossed the line eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:34.20 finish off the scoring for Whitehorse.
Monticello’s Madison Adair is heading to Provo to compete in the BYU Invitational for Monticello this Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 while the rest of the team travels to Price for the Dino Tracks meet at Carbon High School on Friday.
After a busy past week, Whitehorse is taking this week off and they’ll be back in action at the Region 19 Championship in Monticello on Wednesday, May 8.

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