Teton Track & Field stayed consistent amidst stormy conditions, finishing first and third at the West Jefferson Invitational last weekend.

On the women’s side, 10 schools were represented throughout the events. Senior Taryn Paradis took first in both the triple and long jumps. Freshman Kinley Brown took third in the 300m hurdles, only narrowly beat out by two seniors from West Jefferson and North Fremont. Junior Aspen Lasson took third in the 400m and Jenna Haskel, Danielle Johnson, Saraee Olivas, and Sienna Stevens brought home the 4x100 in a thrilling victory. The 4x400 team was edged out by South Fremont and settled for second, but Teton placed third overall to finish the meet.

“We finally had a full roster and all the kids ran multiple events,” said Coach Jacob Zarpentine. “It was really windy and cold, but the kids were able to compete regardless.”

On the men’s side, Teton racked up several wins to secure a first place finish among 11 other schools in the meet.

The relay teams ran for glory, taking first in the 4x100, 4x200, and a snagging yet another win with nail-biting finish in the 4x400. Teton’s Jeremiah Otto edged South Fremont’s Nick Hammond out by a mere .2 seconds in the anchor lap. Otto also ran away with the 300m hurdles and the 400m with a 52.68 — his best on the season. Senior Saul Ortiz finished third in the 100m and second in the 200m. Fletcher Wartig took third in the 400m and Lance Safiran also finished third in the 3200m. On the field, Jayden Hertz placed second in the discus throw and Xander Vontz placed second in the high jump with a height of 5-04.

“It was a collective effort from everyone and it was nice to see their hard work pay off,” said Zarpentine.

Teton is now preparing to travel to Aberdeen tomorrow for the Aberdeen Invitational.

The meet will be fairly large and Coach Zarpentine’s goal for the team is to stay consistent. Field events begin at 10 a.m.

“We’re just making sure everyone stays healthy and is improving through competition,” said Zarpentine. “We don’t want to drop off and we want to keep towards the end of the season while making sure we peak at the right time.”


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