January may not be the month that most people are thinking about track meets, but several Carbon High runners are already competing in preparation for the upcoming spring track season. A handful of athletes ran at the BYU Invitational indoor track meet Jan. 17 and 18 and came away pleased with the results.The meet included schools from Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
Garrett Marsing, the 3A state cross country champion has been tapering back his running, but staying in shape by competing with the Carbon swim team. The conditioning has paid off and he blasted his way to a ninth place finish in the metric mile out of 260 runners. He was the top 3A competitor with a 4:38 time. The finish broke a Carbon High school record that has stood since the 1960’s.
But because this is an indoor event and the old record was outdoors, the new time will not count in the official record book. A new category will be established for the indoor time. Coach Jimmy Jewkes said that he thinks that Marsing will be setting records this spring because the indoor metric mile is a bit longer than on an outdoor track and tougher to run.
Abbie Powell and Jade Moynier had a great day in the high jump. Moynier placed seventh overall with a jump of 4’10” and Powell cleared 4’8″ for the 12th place spot. Jewkes was excited to see how well they did and feels this is a good sign for the spring season.
Maddie Black ran an outstanding 200 and posted a 30:58. Black usually runs longer distances and this was the first time at a sprint distance.
Dallen Quinton showed some speed in both the 60 and 200 meter races. He has not been training much and was second among the 3A competitors.
Trey Richardson competed in the 400 and 200 meter events. He has only ran cross country so far, but showed great promise on the track. Richardson is contemplating joining the baseball team, but Jewkes is hoping that he will consider track instead.
Devon Day and Caleb Nelson also ran both the 60 and 200 meter events and had a good showing. Coach Jewkes is pleased with the hard work they have been putting in during the off season.
Jewkes says the group may go up for one more meet at the Olympic Oval. This gives the athletes who are not participating in another sport a way to stay in shape and gives them a jump start to the season ahead.
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