Teton Track and Field traveled to Star Valley for the Dave Draney Invitational this past week.

It was a busy day for Teton who stretched themselves thin across multiple events, but managed several personal best times. The men’s side took fourth out of 13 teams and the women placed 11th. Saul Ortiz took third in both the 100m and 200m with times of 11.61 and 23.99. Taryn Paradis placed third in the Triple Jump. John Woiwode also podiumed at third in the Long Jump. Senior captain Jeremiah Otto came from behind in the 800m, reeling in several opponents before finishing third behind two of the fastest 800m runners in the state. The mens 4x400 relay team broke the third place streak with a second place finish just two seconds behind Cokeville High School.

“The day started off a little windy and cold, but it was great weather to run in,” said Head Coach Jacob Zarpentine. “We had a handful of PRs even though we were down in numbers.”

Teton will split its roster up this week, sending athletes to both the Sugar-Salem and Tiger Grizz Invitationals tomorrow.

Historically the two meets have not only served as season accomplishments for competitive runners, but also excellent performance indicators for the district meet. Coach Zarpentine is pleased with his team’s progress thus far. With few injuries and steady time improvements, Teton seems to be peaking at the right time.

“We’ve stayed pretty injury free, knock on wood,” said Zarpentine. “We’re pretty excited for districts and these are both really competitive meets.”

The Tiger Grizz invitational will begin at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Ravsten Stadium.

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