On Saturday, the Tooele High track and field team competed in its first meet of the season along with 24 other schools at the Carbon Farm Bureau State Qualifying Invitational in Price.
The Tooele boys finished in fifth place, led by the strong performances of sprinters Aaron Pectol and Joseph Wilkins, along with hurdler Jared Downard. Pectol finished second in the 400-meter dash with a state qualifying time of 50.57 seconds, while Wilkins clocked in at 52.38 for fifth place. Pectol also recorded fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200, with times of 11.52 and 23.58, respectively. Wilkins was sixth in the 100 with a fine early-season time of 11.66, and finished fifth in the 200 meters in 23.94.
Downard, a senior, rounded out the men’s team scoring with fourth-place performances of 17.19 in the 110 hurdles and 43.75 in the 300 hurdles. Freshman Tabor Shepard ran an eighth-place 200-meter time of 24.59. Junior Parker Gowans added to the team score with a seventh-place mark of 105 feet, 4 inches in the discus. Garrett Overman, Parker High, Teagun Palmer and Spencer Moreno also turned in career personal-best marks in their respective events.
Junior sprinter Makenna McCloy and senior thrower Sammy Thomas led the Tooele girls to a sixth-place team finish. McCloy and Thomas each took home first-place honors while recording state-qualifying marks. Thomas tossed the discus 109-4, and McCloy ran a 12.87 in the 100 to edge out the second-place finisher by .03 of a second. Thomas also had a sixth-place toss in the shot put of 31-4 1/2. A second-place finish and a state-qualifying time of 26.49 in the 200 by McCloy added to the team score.
Bailey Jeppsen hurdled to a fourth-place time of 17.83 in the 100 hurdles and Jessica Glaser was sixth in a rain-drenched version of the 3,200. Other promising early-season performances were turned in by Allison Smith, Emma Taggart and Julia Smith in the sprints, along with sisters Hannah and Grace Jenkins in the hurdles and Jenny Thomas in the 800.
The Buffs will next compete Wednesday in a Region 11 meet at Stansbury, as well as Friday at the Juab Invitational State Qualifying meet in Nephi. On April 3, all five Tooele County high schools will compete in the Tooele County Invitational at Tooele High School.