MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Mountain View High School track team just keeps turning up the bar as they head to regionals this week in Rock Springs.
The teams competed at the Mr. Mac/BYU Invitational last Friday and Saturday. Overall the team took third out of 51 teams with 104.5 points. The girls team claimed second place and the boys team claimed third. Together they formed a knock-out punch and only bowed to Sugar-Salem High School/Idaho who took first overall and North Summit/Utah who took second.
Wyoming schools participating in this tournament included Rock Springs, Evanston, Jackson, Star Valley, Mountain View, Lovell, Cokeville and Ten Sleep.
This comes on the heels of the Jeff Hereford Memorial, hosted by MVHS on May 2, in which both MVHS cornered first place, beating out their opponents by a considerable margin.
According to head coach Joel Giorgis, he feels the team “can be very competitive, but to win the Region would be a stretch. Going into regionals, I just want the kids to do what they are capable of doing. If they do that, I feel we will place well as a team.
“We have about 20 individuals that have pre-qualified (for state) which is amazing, some in multiple events,” Giorgis added. “We have all three of the girl relay teams qualified and two of the boys relay teams.”
Giorgis said the athletes have been improving throughout the season and felt they were peaking at the right time.
The MVHS pole vault team soared high – Harlan Benedict, second with 13 feet, (second from right); Brandon Vitt, fifth with 12 feet (second from left) and both Tyrel Todd, seventh (left) and Keven Cantlin, eighth (right): both with 10 feet – added 15 points to the Buffalos score. The four MVHS athletes are pictured here on the podium at the BYU Invitational last week. COURTESY PHOTO/Linda Newton