The Burlington Huskies opened the 2019 track season at the Yellowstone Sports Medicine Invitational in Cody last weekend, competing against “giants” from Cody, Riverton, Powell, Buffalo, Worland and Sheridan, as well as 2A and smaller 1A schools.
Coach Ryan Olson said his athletes “did really good.”
Meeting AQ requirements in their first meet this season were Dantae Garza, who prequalified in the triple jump with a first-place distance of 44-4; the long jump, taking first with a taping of 21-7, and the high jump, clearing the bar at 6-4 for third place; Jarom Davidson won the 1,600 run with an AQ time of 4:43.39 and sophomore Gideon George ran a personal best and AQed in the 110 hurdles with a clocking of 16:50.
Olson praised the efforts of the hard-working young men and noted that Garza, coming off the basketball season, was in good shape and is a hard worker.
“Jarom won against some really talented runners. He runs every morning, does speed work in the afternoon and is determined to finish this year strong. He has the school record in his sight. He ran the 800 thinking it was a “cool down,” but he won. That was fun to see. Gideon comes from a family of hurdlers and was just a second off his best time last year.”
For the Lady Huskies junior Sydney Olson cleared 4-10 in the high jump, her personal best and an AQ. All three of the top finishers cleared 4-10, so placing was based on misses.
Good performances were also turned in by Melissa Bullinger with a second place in the triple jump at 31-11 1/4 and ninth in the 100-dash (14.10) and Cheri Henderson with a sixth-place time of 2:45.08 in the 800.
Olson said there were “a ton” of personal bests. “Some of the kids got the same marks in this first meet as they had in the final meet last year. We’ll be plastering the hallways with pictures giving the kids recognition they deserve for doing hard things – doing things that aren’t that easy for them. Many times they compete in events that are not their favorites, but it helps them, and it helps the team.”
A total of 26 athletes make up the Husky roster, including 14 boys and 12 girls. This is good news for the Huskies. “It is always fun when kids are a part of a bigger team. In track especially, a lot of the older, experienced kids help out the younger ones. It is something you don’t always see in other sports. Connections are made,” said Olson.
The future looks bright for the Huskies. This week they should rule the field as they travel to Greybull Saturday for the Bill Gerrard Invitational.
By Marlys Good