W-G track teams run in small field at Ogden

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Woodward-Granger's Regan Kaufman is handed the baton by Kaitlyn Peters in the 4x800 at Ogden Friday.

OGDEN — Dual meets are fairly common in swimming and wrestling. They rarely occur in track and field, and such was the case Friday as Woodward-Granger visited a rescheduled meet in Ogden.

The Hawks and host Bulldogs were the only two girls teams in action, while the Woodward Academy joined W-G and Ogden on the boys side.

Ogden was a 90-64 winner in the girls head-to-head competition, which scored out to three places. Five places were awarded points in the boys meet, with Woodward Academy collecting 119 points, Ogden 101 and W-G 38.

Kaitlyn Peters won the 800 and 1500 for the Hawk girls, crossing in 2 minutes, 50.7 seconds and 5:53.59, respectively. Ashlyn Soelberg won the 100 hurdles in 19.83 clicks, with Anna Tague first (29.49) and Sophia David third (31.76) in the 200.

Josie Noland was first (1:05.76) and Tague second (1:06.14) in the 400, with Noland second in the 100 (14.36).

Soelberg landed second in the long jump at 13 feet, 10 inches, with Sophia David third at 13’6 while Emma Buckman placed third in both the shot put (29 feet) and discus (79 feet).

Maddi Anderson, Sophia David, Tague and Noland were first in the sprint medley in 2:05.47, with Soelberg, Anderson, Regan Kaufman and Savannah David winning the distance medley in 5:06.05.

W-G's Johnnie Morgan leads Ogden and Woodward Academy runners around the final turn in the 800.
W-G’s Johnnie Morgan leads Ogden and Woodward Academy runners around the final turn in the 800.

Kaufman, Tague, Anderson and Noland won the 4×400 (4:49.04) and Peters, Kaufman, Mary Hansen and Riley Jamison the 4×800 (11:42.43), with Anderson, Jamison, Hansen and Savannah David second in the 4×100 (58.82) while Hansen, Jamison, Andrea Sommers and Delia Swales placed second in the 4×200 (2:07.51).

Johnnie Morgan’s clocking of 2:11.47 in the 800 was the sole individual event win for the W-G boys, with Morgan second (53.24) and Josh Saak fifth (59.31) in the 400. Chandler Cavanaugh was fourth in the 100 (12.31), Brendan Bird was fifth in the 200 (29.64), Payton Tague was fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:07.31) and Thomas Trump crossed fifth in the 1600 (6:19.59).

Savannah David flies over the final hurdle on the second leg of the shuttle relay.
Savannah David flies over the final hurdle on the second leg of the shuttle relay.

Bird spun the discus 104’5 to place fourth, with Brody Easter’s 78’6 finishing fifth. Alex Kirton added a point from the shot put after placing fifth with a shove of 32’2.

W-G’s only other boys win came in the first race, the 4×800 relay, as Ian Thompson, J.P. Nixon, Saak and Morgan teamed to finish in 9:16.02. Tanner Vermaas, Nixon, Cavanaugh and Thompson were second in the 1600 medley in 4:07.11, with Nixon, Tague, Thompson and Nick Moser third in the shuttle hurdle in 1:11.29.

Nixon, Tague, Bird and Gabe Yingst were third in the 4×100 (50.31), Cavanaugh, Vermaas, Bird and Tague were third in the 4×200 (1:42.76) and Cavanaugh, Vermaas, Saak and Morgan were third in the 4×400 (3:50.14).

Both Woodward-Granger teams will travel to Van Meter Thursday for their Class 2A State Qualifying meet. In order to advance to the state meet, a team or individual must finish first or second in their event. The eight districts thus create 16 qualifiers; the remaining eight spots are taken from the eight next-best times/distances from all districts combined.

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