Monticello dominates Region 23 track meet
by Rhett Sifford
The Monticello High School track and field team dominated the 1A Region 23 Championship on Wednesday, May 10 in Monticello.
The host team scored a whopping 390.5 points to win the combined region title by almost 250 points over Pinnacle. The Buckaroo boys scored 211.5 points to win their region championship and the girls won their region title with 179 points.
With so many Monticello athletes and teams finishing in the points at the event, in this story we’ll have to focus our attention on top-three performances, of which there were plenty.
For the boys Kaden Pehrson took a region championship in the 3200-meter race. He finished third in both the 1600 and 800.
Aaron Gillette got a nice second-place finish in the 3200. Curtis Bunker won the boys 1600 meter and 110-meter hurdles. He finished second in the 300 hurdles Chandler Henderson won a region title in the 300 hurdles. He finished second in both the 110 hurdles and 400.
Tavon Black won the region championship in the javelin and finished third in the 110 hurdles. Easton Young came home second in the 200-meter race and third in the 100.
Soren Welch was a champion in the 400 and third in the 200. Aaron Peterson scored a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles.
Jesse Pettit won the 800 meter and was the runner up in the 1600. Tommy Sheeran took region championships (not surprisingly) in the long jump and 100-meter race. He finished second in the high jump.
Nial Reay won the discus and finished second in the shot put. Donovan Atwood got a couple third-place finishes in the shot put and discus. JD McDonald was third in the javelin. And the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams dominated to win their region titles.
On the girls side Berlynn Black led the way with four region championships in the 300 hurdles, 200 meter, high jump, and long jump. Marah Long was the region champ in the 3200 meter and 800 meter.
Alexis Bailey was the runner-up in the 3200 and was third in the 1600. Cami Dowell came home second in the 100-meter sprint. She was also third in the girls high jump.
Rosy Beh won the 400-meter race with Makenna Peterson and Kahryme Alvarado right behind in second and third. Lilli Burton was the 1600 region champ and she also got second in the 200.
And the girls sprint medley, 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams all won their races to earn region titles.
Shayla Pehrson came home second in the 300 hurdles and Amy Lewis got third in that race. Ayla Carling was second in both the 1600 and 800. Kahryme Alvarado finished third in the 200.
Kyleigh Adair was third in the shot put, Madison Adair was third in the discus, and Kenlee Atwood was third in the javelin.
The Whitehorse boys team scored 25 points to finish third and the girls got fourth with 21 points. Combined the teams scored 46 points, which was good enough for fourth place overall.
Shania Mitchell led the way with the team’s only individual region championship in the shot put. She also earned a fifth-place result in the discus and ninth in the 100 meter.
Lewneil Hascon got sixth in the girls shot put. RueShandin Jim finished fourth in the long jump and seventh in the 200. And the girls 4x100 relay team came home third.
The final team scoring points in Monticello on April 10 was the Monument Valley Cougars. Both the boys and girls teams scored six points to finish fifth. They came home fifth combined with 12 points.
Though nobody won an individual region championship for the Cougars, Josiah Gipe did get a second-place finish in the 800 meter.
Yanabah Smith dominated the Monument Valley girls team’s effort with a fourth-place result in the 800, fifth in the 1600, and seventh in the 400.
The 1A teams in San Juan County are all heading north on Thursday, May 18 to begin the Utah State Track and Field Championships at BYU in Provo. It runs through Saturday, May 20.