San Juan, Monticello track and field teams get season started in St. George
By Rhett Sifford
It still doesn’t look a whole lot like spring in San Juan County, but when the high school track and field season gets underway, you have to concede that it is in fact spring.
That’s just what happened this past weekend when the Monticello and San Juan teams headed to balmy St. George to compete in the 2023 Snow Canyon Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 10-11.
It was a challenging competition with a huge field of competitors, and both teams battled hard in their first meets of the season.
The top finish for the San Juan Broncos came from Hudson Whatcott when he jumped five feet, ten inches in the boys high jump final to place 12th.
Brigham Nielson finished 35th overall in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a 46.14. Leah Castellon also got 35th in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a 52.65.
Nielson also finished 71st overall in the boys 200-meter finals and Castellon finished 85th in the girls 200-meter.
For Monticello, both sprint medley relay teams came home seventh in their respective races, earning the only points for San Juan County teams at the event.
The boys team, comprised of Curtis Bunker, Jesse Pettit, Soren Welch, and Robert Morrison, finished in 4:25.9. The girls team of Berlynn Black, Rosy Beh, Aubrey Black, and Lilli Burton completed the race in 5:24.9. Both teams earned two points each.
Berlynn Black also earned a 14th-place result in the girls high jump with a jump of four feet, ten inches. Curtis Bunker was 64th overall in the boys 300-meter hurdles with a 48.97. And Shayla Pehrson got 79th overall in the girls 300 hurdles with a 58.77.
San Juan and Monticello will stay together for their second meet of the season at the Farm Bureau Invitational in Price, UT this Saturday, March 18.
The San Juan Record will visit with the head coaches of both teams in coming weeks for season previews that should provide some insight into each team early in the year.