The Riverside Rebel track and field team traveled up to north Big Horn County to compete in the Lovell Invitational Saturday.
“I felt that Saturday was a good meet for us individually even though we did not place as high as I was hoping in some categories,” coach Jared Collingwood said. “But we had a lot of PR’s (personal records) and the weather was beautiful.”
Junior James DesRosier had a great meet in Lovell by placing seventh in the 110-meter hurdles, crossing
the finish line in 19.15 seconds, 2.55 seconds of the pre-qualifying time and in the 400-meter dash, finishing the lap in 57.21 seconds, 4.81 seconds off the pre-qualifying mark.
“James DesRosier had PR marks in his 110 hurdles and 400 run,” Collingwood said. “Both of which I believe he could improve upon even more as we go down the stretch. The 400 is a difficult race and the 110 is not easy either. I was proud to see James put forth his best effort and get some decent marks.”
Sophomore Ryan Miller placed 14th in the 400-meter dash, coming in at 1:03.55, and 32nd in the 100-meter dash, zipping the straightaway in 13.15 seconds. Miller also placed 31st with a jump of 14-3¾.
Senior Morgan Wollam placed 31st in the shot with a throw of 29-1½, and competed in the disc by throwing a 58-5.
“Morgan Wollam and Ryan Miller continue to work hard at their respected events but did not get as good a marks as I know they are capable of,” Collingwood said. “Morgan continues to PR in the shot each meet and with a little more practice will keep improving, and Ryan is, unfortunately, struggling with his long jump mark as of now.”
In the girls events, the 3,200-meter relay team of Emmy Reid, Sabrina Taylor, Brenna Robertson and Summer Riley placed second with a time of 13:24.37.
“In our 3,200 relay, both Brenna Robertson and Emmy Reid shaved time with Robertson dropping three seconds and Reid 15 seconds from their previous marks in the 800 but we did not get the same from our other two,” Collingwood said. “I still believe if we could put a good race together and get each girl down at or below three minutes, we would have a chance at qualifying for State in that event.”
The 1,600-medley relay team of Riley, Hannah Coy, Faith Neso and Kayleigh Long placed fifth with a time of 6:24.61.
Senior Sabrina Taylor placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 87-9, and 14th in the pole vault by clearing 6-7.
“Sabrina Taylor placed in the disc, but it wasn’t her best throw,” Collingwood said. “She was absent for a couple of days last week due to illness and other activities, so with some practice I hope she can improve that. She got a mark in the pole vault, which was good to see, and with some time I hope she can continue to improve.”
Sophomore Summer Riley placed 12th in the triple jump with a jump of 25-1¾. Long was right behind her in 13th with a jump of 22-7¼. Junior Emmy Reid placed 18th in the long jump with a jump of 12-8.
The Rebels are scheduled to compete at the Meeteetse Invitational Friday at 1 p.m.
“Next week we are looking at running some different people in relays,” Collingwood said. “I am unsure if we will have a boys relay due to numbers, but I am going to try to put together one or two girls relays and get the best options for us so we can have a time going forward as we get closer to the regional meet. I know that my athletes get frustrated with me sometimes because I expect a lot, but I know that they have more and can get even better marks so I am hoping to continue to push them down in time and up in throws and jumps.”
By Sam Smith