Teton Track & Field hit the ground running last Friday in their opening meet in Blackfoot.

Head Coach Jacob Zarpentine’s team put on an impressive showing at the Blackfoot Invitational. Of the 39 athletes who competed, many garnered personal bests and stellar confidence for the first-time competitors.

Seniors Jeremiah Otto and Taryn Paradis won individual events while freshman Kinley Brown smashed a record in the long jump. It was a solid day for Otto who ran away with the men’s 400m run at 53 seconds. Paradis placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 33 ft and 7.4 in. Brown beat the freshman record with a jump of 14 ft and 10 in. She is also just .4 seconds off the record for the freshman 300 hurdles.

“Overall it went well for a first meet,” said Zarpentine. “It was good to be out on a track with no rain and little wind. We had some pretty cool personal records and everyone did really well.”

Teton looks to find where each athlete can compete at his or her best early in the season.

Their meet in Salmon yesterday offered another opportunity try events that are best suited to each athlete’s abilities. Coach Zarpentine is excited about a new event added this season with special permission — pole vaulting. Several Teton athletes will try their hand once a week at the pit in South Fremont where Zarpentine will coach. Zarpentine competed in the pole vault at the high school and collegiate levels, providing him with the knowledge he needs to impress upon his team.

“We have a good idea of where people will run, but now is the time to test those theories and get an idea of where the kids will do their best. South Fremont has agreed to let us use their pits and runways to coach the pole vaulters. Hopefully we’ll get some jumpers!”

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