The Douglas track and field team is looking to progress as they will return home Friday to host a big 13-team invitational.
The Bearcats have been busy on the road, and junior Brady Brooks is staying confident about his team’s improvements.
“We’re just taking it one meet at a time,” Brooks said.
When track season is in full throttle, March turns to April and, with the cooperation of weather, can make for a busy spring as the season pushes toward May. With the late push means regionals and state are a short season away.
The Bearcats began the week on Tuesday up north at the Buffalo Dual. Competing against the Bison, coach Josiah Smith had an opportunity to experiment with some younger members of the team and to get a much clearer picture of others.
After impressing at the Kelly Walsh Invitational in her first high school meet, Kamdynn Townsend had another oustanding afternoon. She took first in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 27.32 and helped the Lady Cats secure first place in the 4-by-400 relay race. Townsend also showed off her superb jumping abilities, claiming first place in both the high jump and long jump.
MaryBea Powers raced down the track and notched second place in the 100-meter, finishing with a time of 14.76. It was her first top finish of the season. Madison Hoopman and Emily Curtis ran neck and neck in the 400-meter race, taking first and second, respectively.
In the 800-meter run, Lauren Gates continues to improve upon her times each week and took home first place in Buffalo. She clocked in at 2:36.78, topping her time at Kelly Walsh by nearly two seconds. Jaylynn Boe also took home a first place spot in the 1600-meter run.
Stephanie Witbrod improved upon her third place finish at Kelly Walsh and took home first in the triple jump, leaping a distance of 31 feet, 8.5 inches. Her teammate, Colson Webster, finished in second with a jump just over 30 feet. On the field, Riley Seeds out-threw the competition in the shot put with a distance of 34 feet, 8 inches. Allyson Fertig placed right behind her with a throw of 32 feet, 6 inches and was victorious in the discus throw with a toss of 95 feet, 8.25 inches.
On the boys side, a slew of names were top finishers as coach Smith was thoroughly pleased with a number of improvements.
Damyn Peech emerged in the 800-meter run and claimed first with a time of 2:36.17. In the 1600-meter race, Brady Brooks took home the top spot with a time of 5:07.94. Harley Rhoades finished in second.
Collin Barker secured a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and was part of the top finishing 4-by-400 relay team. He also leapt his way to a second place finish in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet 8.5 inches. The 4-by-800 unit departed Buffalo with a first place finish.
In the high jump, Sutton Perry outmatched the competition with a jump of 5 feet, 10 inches. Securing his first top finish of the season.
On the field, Kenyion Townsend finished tied for first in the pole vault clearing a height of 10 feet 9 inches. In the shot put, Dawson Stinson took first with a distance of 41 feet 8 inches. Dylan Hime finished in third, along with a second place nab in the discus throw. Dallas Wik took home the top spot in the discus throw, tossing a distance of 119 feet, 4.75 inches.
Douglas left Buffalo with a slim 133-131 lead, beating the Bison.
On Thursday, Smith and the Bearcats ran into some stiffer competition as they traveled south down Interstate 25 for the Okie Blanchard Invitational at Cheyenne East High School.
Top finishes were claimed by the girls 4-by-400 relay team who took second, the boys’ 1600-meter medley who also took second and in the shot put where Stinson finished second with a distance of 45 feet, 9 inches. Seeds also snuck in a top spot with a third place finish in the girls shot put.
The girls and boys’ teams finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
The Bearcats will return to action on Friday when they host the Douglas Invite beginning at noon.