Twenty-seven personal bests were set by Burlington High School athletes at the Bobcat Invite in Thermopolis May 4. Those personal bests had Coach Ryan Olson smiling.
The bad news is that two Huskies, Melissa Bullinger and Gideon George, had their seasons end in Thermopolis. No regional, no state for the two freshmen.
Bullinger broke her ankle as she was walking off the track after an excellent ninth-place showing in the 100-meter dash. Olson said, “It was crazy. She finished the race, took a couple more steps, just walking on a totally flat, soft surface and twisted her ankle. It was just one of those freak injuries.” Bullinger was a key part of the AQ relay team “so we are scrambling to get something put together.”
George, a hurdler and high jumper, got a notice from his chiropractor that they should stay away from both for a time. “Gideon would have helped us with points in a few events. I feel bad for the kids. They have worked so hard, but then something happens that you can’t foresee, can’t control, and their season is cut short. They are both great kids and will help us in the next few years. They have great attitudes (about what happened).”
Other highlights include the AQ recorded by sophomore Jarom Davidson in the 800 meters. He had already AQed in the 1600, 3200 and a relay team. “He’s a good, hardworking kid and its good to see his hard work rewarded.”
Torey Wardell posted an AQ in the high jump (5-8). Ryan McNiven, who had AQed in the event earlier, just keeps setting PBs week after week.
Dontae Garza improved his high jump, clearing 6-2, and Tallon Wiles both his triple jump and pole vault. “They are really good athletes, doing great things at the end of the year.”
Olson believes the Huskies, despite the loss of George, have a “good shot at a trophy at regionals if everybody does equal or better than they did.”
Regional action in Lander begins with field events at 11 a.m. Friday. Running events start at noon.
Triple jump: 7th Melissa Bullinger, 30-03.50; 16th Kara Henderson 27-10.
High jump: 7th (tie) Sydney Olson 4-07.
Pole vault: 7th (tie) Callin Preator 6-09.
100-hurdles: 11th Callie Catlin 18.66.
100-meters: 9th Bullinger 13.60.
1600-sprint medley: 8th Burlington (Olson, Maddie Preator, Catlin, Kristen Wiles) 5:36.29.
300-hurdles: 15th Catlin 56.35.
Triple jump: 1st Dontae Garza 43-05; 2nd Tallon Wiles 40-04.25; 19th Torey Wardell 34-09.
High jump: 3rd Garza 6-02; 4th Ryan McNiven 6-00; 11th T. Wardell 5-08.
High jump: 4th Wiles 12-09; 10th Jacob Cook 9-09.
Shot put: 21 (59 entries) David Wardell 37-02.25.
Discus: 16 (60 entries) D. Wardell 109.08.
110-hurdles: 9th Gideon George 18.33; 13th Kolby Broederlow 19.39.
1600-spring medley: 12th Burlington 4:30.26.
400-relay: 9th Burlington () 49.52.
300-hurdles: 11th Wiles 46.20; 12th Broederlow 46.62.
1600-relay: 8th Burlington (K. Broederlow, Cook, J. Stanworth, Kody Gotfredson) 4:00.10.
By Marlys Good