By Marlys Good
No automatic qualifying marks, but several personal bests were registered by Burlington High School thinclads at the L.A. Kohnke Powell Athletic Roundtable Meet last Saturday.
Absent from the team were the sophomores, who were in Powell, but at a different venue as they were taking their ACTs at the college.
“We had less than half the team there,” said Coach Ryan Olson, “about eight kids, but those that went had a really nice meet.”
It was more than a “nice” meet for Ben Mancuso who entered four events, and walked away with four first places, in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the high jump and the long jump. “Ben beat his own personal-best distance in the long jump; and had some of the top times and distances in the state, even (going against) schools like Cody and Powell. He is always fun to watch.”
Olson praised senior Julie Davidson who moved out of her comfort zone in the middle distances to try the 100-meter dash, where she ran a 14.32, and the 300-meter hurdles where she took fifth with a time of 55.48. Davidson capped the meet with a sixth-place clearing of 6-6 in the pole vault.
Olson said, “She is just now finding out the other events she can be good at. She had convinced herself she was a middle distance runner – 400 and 800; this year she stepped up and stepped out. I wish we could have gotten her started earlier. She is a well-rounded athlete and fun to watch.”
Preston Wardell was another Husky who ventured into new territory. He competed in the 300 hurdles and his time of 47.81 was good enough for eighth place.
Freshman Quinton Migneault pole-vaulted for the first time while Trevor Wardell in the same event registered a clearing of 8-6, a personal best.
Olson said the philosophy is, “we consider track meets as just competitive practices. We want the athletes to stay busy at meets — try new things. Nobody comes home with (competing in) less than four events. That’s hard, especially if someone is really good at one event in particular. “ Competing in multiple events, Olson believes, “makes you better in that event.”
The Huskies will compete in Lovell Saturday. Some of the athletes will be participating in the Music Festival in Cody, but Olson said, hopefully, “one of these weeks we’ll have a full team.”
Girls: Cody 216, Powell 144, Lovell 134.5, Worland 61.5, Ten Sleep, Meeteetse, Burlington 10, Rocky Mountain.
1600: 8th, Angela Davidson, 7:01.55.
300 hurdles: 5th, Julie Davidson, 55.48.
Pole vault: 6th, Julie Davidson, 6-06; 7th, Angela Davidson, 6-00.
Boys: Powell 229.5, Lovell 159.5, Cody 95.5, Burlington 4th 49, Rocky Mountain 28.
100: 1st, Ben Mancuso, 11.45.
200: 1st, Mancuso, 24.19.
300 hurdles: 8th, Preston Wardell, 47.81.
1600 relay: 4th, Burlington (Garrick Tolman, Wardell, Layne Henderson, Quinton Migeault), 4:25.72.
High jump: 1st, Mancuso, 6-05.
Long jump: 1st, Mancso, 19-11.25.