By Breanne Thiel/Powell Wyoming Athletics
Traditionally in the past, the Powell High School track team has had around 60 competitors. Last season the number of tracksters jumped to the high 80’s and this season the number jumped substantially again to a total 113.
“It’s a very pleasant surprise,” said head coach Scott Smith of the numbers.
The track teams begin their season on Saturday in Cody at 10 a.m. where a total of three buses will be needed to transport the entire team.
With over hundred athletes this year, coach Smith said that there have been minimal changes to the schedule.
“We’re going to have the same kind of meets – a lot of close to home meets,” coach Smith said.
The close to home meets include three in Cody – March 24th, 29th and May 4th.
The meet in Cody on the 29th is to be a double dual where both Powell High School and Cody High School will compete as well as a dual between Powell Middle School and Cody Middle School.
The Powell Middle School track program has over 100 tracksters between seventh and eighth grade.
Other close to home meets scheduled for Powell High School include Worland on April 12th and Lovell on April 21st.
The track team will host the Powell Invitational on April 7th.
Powell High School will also be hosting the 3A West Regional Meet on May 11th and 12th.
There are two occasions where the Panthers and Lady Panthers will be competing in two locations.
On Saturday, April 14th, a group will compete in the Billings West Invitational in Billings, Montana and another group will compete at the Rocky Mountain Invitational.
The second occasion is on Friday, April 27th where track teams will compete at the Meeteetse Invitational and the top-ranked tracksters will earn a spot to compete at the Wyoming Track Classic.
The Wyoming Track Classic will take place at Kelly Walsh High School were the top 10 competitors throughout the state regardless of class size in field events and long-distance running events – the 800 meter run and greater – and the top eight in laned running events – 400 meter dash and below – will compete against each other to see who is the best of the best..
“We’re going to get a chance to get some kids that good exposure as well as just everybody getting a lot of experience – which is good for these kind of numbers.” said coach Smith of the duo invitational days.
Coach Smith also stated that ‘fortunately we’ve had Sean Munger already volunteered to come help us.”
Munger is a Math and Science teacher at Powell High School who taught and coached track at Big Piney last year and was a decathlon athlete at Chadron State.
Coach Smith said Munger would especially be helping jumping coach Ashley Hildebrand as depending on the invitational, PHS could have athletes concurrently competing in at least two of the jumping events – long jump, triple jump and high jump – and the location of these events can be spread out.
As for the season thus far, coach Smith said: “so far their working really hard – the weather has been cooperating.”
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