Lovell High School indoor thinclads strong at Basin Nation meet

Joe Koritnik

The Basin Nation Indoor Track and Field meet in Gillette provided excellent competition for the Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs in their second meet of the season Friday, and several athletes had season best performances.
Head coach Lindsay Lindsay was excited about the team’s performances and stated that “we witnessed strong performances at the Basin Nation meet last Friday.”
Gavin Robertson had a season best jump of 5-6 to place sixth in the high jump and is currently ranked fifth in Class 3A. Another strong performance was turned in by Adnan Khan in the long jump as the Lovell senior hit the pit with a mark of 19-6.5, which placed him eighth in the all-class meet.
Jared Mangus also jumped well in the long jump, going 19-4 and placing 10th. Robertson had a jump of 18-9.75 and placed 20th.
Senior Carissa Lindsay continued her strong indoor season by again qualifying for the finals of the shot put with a season best throw of 34-9.25 and placing ninth overall.
Another season best was turned in by A.J. Clark in the 800 meters as he improved his time by seven seconds and placed 16th with a time of 2:15.94.
In the sprints, Khan placed 13th in the 55 meters with a time of 6.90, Mangus placed 72nd in 7.24 seconds, Bruce Whitebuffalo placed 151st with a time of 7.79 seconds and Jett Hessenthaler finished with a time of 8.16 seconds to place 186th.
For the Lady Bulldogs Kaitlynn Robison placed 76th in the 55 meters in 8.48 seconds. She also had a good effort in the 200 meters, placing 61st in 31.19 seconds. For the Bulldogs in the 200 meters it was Robertson placing 28th in 24.64, and Khan was right behind in 33rd place with a time of 24.96, Mangus hit the tape in 25.64 to place 56th, Whitebuffalo placed 106th in 27.08 and Hesenthaler placed 172nd in 31.53 seconds.
Thane Zollman ran well again in both distance events, placing 27th in the 3,200 meters with a time of 14:10.92 and 61st in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:19.78. Also running the 1,600 meters was Damian Wagner, who ran a 6:27.37 to place 63rd.
In the shot put Halen Strom had a PR with a throw of 39-5, placing him 19th (13th in Class 3A). Elijah Montanez had a throw of 33-3.25 and placed 56th.
As the indoor track and field athletes head toward the second half of their season and the 3A State Championships in Gillette on March 1 and 2, the focus is on continued improvement in their individual events.
“As we prepare for next week’s Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho, we’re narrowing down our roster to focus on those athletes in competitive positions, aiming for one more meet at a highly competitive level before State,” Lindsay said.