Records set for middle school Grizz in Burlington

David Peck

It was a record setting day for the Rocky Mountain Middle School track and field team at the Burlington Invitational Friday as the team broke four school records, three by Mason Moss.
Moss, an eighth grader, broke the record in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, head coach Josh Sponsel said. Eighth grader Cooper Ward also broke the record in the 100-meter dash.
Sponsel said times had to be adjusted from handheld to fully automatic timing, but even with the slower adjusted times, the records were broken.
Moss ran the 100 hurdles in 15.24, topping the eighth-grade school record of 15.84 set by  Zane Horrocks in 2017, and he ran the 200 hurdles in 27.74, beating the mark of 28.54 set by Cole Simmons in 2013. He also ran the 200-meter dash in 25.04, besting the record of 25.34 set by Simmons in 2013.
Ward ran the 100 meters in 12.24, beating the record of 12.34 set by Carsyn Weber in 2019.
Moss won all three of his record-setting races, and Ward won the 100.
Ward placed third in the long jump at 15-5 and triple jump at 33-5¾.
Cooper Winland won the eighth-grade shot put with a throw of 37-1 and placed second in the discus with a toss of 112-4, with John Mader third at 109-8½. Alex Walker placed fourth in the eighth-grade shot with a toss of 31-11.
Winland placed fourth in the triple jump, sailing 32-3.
Sixth grader Tyler Crosby placed second in the seventh-grade pole vault, clearing 7-6. Sixth grader Brooks Brost placed second in the seventh-grade long jump, sailing 11-6, with Hudson Moore third at 11-5.
Moore also placed third in the seventh-grade triple jump, reaching 28-7 on his best effort.
Jaxx May won the seventh-grade high jump, clearing 5-2.
Zach Unruh won the eighth-grade 400-meter dash, with Ethan Haslem third, and Unruh placed second in the 800 meters, Haslem third. Likewise, Unruh placed second in the 1,600 meters, Haslem third.
Jaxon Hayes placed second in the eighth-grade 200-meter hurdles, and Jaxson Sponsel placed third in the seventh-grade 200m hurdles. Hayes also placed fourth in the eighth-grade 200-meter dash and fourth in the eighth-grade long jump, hitting the sand at 14-4¼.
Rowan Hanusa placed second in the seventh-grade 400-meter dash, Madden Cooley fourth. Cooley, a sixth grader, placed third in the seventh-grade 800 meters.
The eighth grade 400-meter relay team of Moss, Winland, Ward and Unruh placed second, as did the seventh-grade 400 meter foursome of Crosby, Cooley, Brost and Jason Unruh.
Other top-eight finishers were Brost in the 100 meters, Hanusa and Jayden Scheeler in the 200, Hanusa, Kreegan Jones and Jason Unruh in the 800 meters, Jason Unruh in the 1,600 meters, Brost and Sponsel in the high jump, Hayes, Gary Gardner, Ty  Samson, Scheeler and Sponsel in the triple jump, Walker and Dane Wilson in the discus and Mader and Wilson in the shot put.
Girls results
Eighth grader Leah Haslem had a strong day for the Lady Grizzlies, winning the 800 meters and 1,600 meters and placing fourth in the 400-meter dash.
Sawyer Bassett won both the long jump at 12-8 and the triple jump at 29-4¼ in the seventh-grade division, while Kennedy Brimhall won the eighth-grade high jump, clearing 5-2, and placed second in the eighth-grade 200-meter dash.
Bailey Gifford placed second in the eighth-grade 800 meters, third in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Elli Ganoung placed third in the seventh-grade 200-meter hurdles as a sixth grader.
The 400-meter relay team of Ganoung, Maria Mauch, Eden Wallway and Kaylie Watts placed third.
Bassett and Brimhall each placed fourth in the 100-meter dash in the seventh- and eighth-grade divisions, respectively, and Ganoung placed fourth in the seventh-grade triple jump at 27-7¾.
Other top eight finishers were Ganoung and Gifford in the 100-meter dash, Kaylie Watts in the 400-meter dash, Mariah Mauch in the 800 meters, Mauch in the 1,600 meters and Brimhall in the triple jump.

Conference meet
Rocky Mountain will host the Big Horn Conference track and field meet Friday in Cowley with Burlington, Greybull, Meeteetse, Riverside, Shoshoni, Ten Sleep and host Rocky Mountain attending.
Field events begin at 1 p.m., running events at 2:30 p.m.
Some athletes will also attend the best-of-the-best meet in Lander on Tuesday.