Having lost half its numbers to history fair on Saturday, the Carbon Track Team still put up strong numbers at the Red Rocks Invitational in Moab, finishing in second place to host school Grand.
“Not in a million years did I think with losing half our team that we would finish where we did,” head coach Jimmy Jewkes said. “It was an unbelievable meet.”
Four athletes put up state qualifying marks during the meet in which 14 schools participated.
Gabe VanDyke qualified in the high jump with a leap of six feet. He also ran away with the 300-meter hurdles by nearly a second. Jordan Scoggins and Jaylie Jensen each qualified in the javelin. It was the first time Scoggins had thrown in a competition and registered a 105’10” toss. Not to be outdone, Jensen then went out and beat Scoggins’ throw with a 113’1” mark. Jewkes remarked that Genevieve Martinez set the Carbon javelin record in 1979 at 125’. “Something to kind of watch,” he said about Scoggins’ and Jensen’s competition this season in the javelin.
Sarah Ohlwiler qualified in the long jump after posting a 16’9” leap. Rachelle Jewkes holds the Carbon record at 17’8”, set in 1990.
The girls’ 4×100 team of Madison Black, Lexi Monson, Jensen and Scoggins took home first place, a feat Jewkes said was remarkable since they had never competed together in the event prior to the race.
Carbon will have this weekend off before traveling to Salina to compete in the Matt Burr Invitational on March 28. It will also be a state-qualifying meet.