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Devils track and field squad competes at windy Rock Springs

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 16th, 2013

Evanston High School track and field coach Ryan Berger with team manager Dustin Gerrard. Gerrard competed in a Special Olympics event April 13 during the Rock Springs track meet. Courtesy photo

ROCK SPRINGS — Red Devils coed Track and Field took part in a meet hosted by Rock Springs this past Saturday, April 13.

“The highlight of the meet was the wind,” head track coach Ryan Berger told the Herald.
“Of course, everyone had to contend with it. It was one of the windiest meets I’ve taken part in.”

The coach reported Kortney Freeland had one of her more fruitful meets, placing second in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, achieving the state qualifying standard in the 100-meter hurdles. 

“Kortney had one of her better days competing as a Lady Red Devil,” Berger asserted. “Kyle Sellers also had a great meet.”

Evanston competed against 20 teams in Rock Springs, including all of the conference member schools. Berger said Evanston competed well in certain events, naming the third place finish of the girls 4 x 100 relay team, and the same for the girls 4 x 400 relay team. The boys 4 x 100 team placed fifth, with Berger terming their performance as being “right there,” referring to being in contention.

The biggest highlight, according to the coach, was taking team manager Dustin Gerrard to a Special Olympics race.

“All of our kids lined the track to cheer him on,” Berger said. “Dustin earned his first medal as a Red Devil, which was a fun sight to see.”

Berger also detailed being pleased with Evanston having six meets under their belts.

All of the 4A West Conference teams competed in Rock Springs, and the coach was also pleased to see who the standout athletes were for Evanston’s conference competition, especially those athletes currently holding top three positions in their respective events. The coach did temper the benefit of being able to assess talent with the factors of weather, and it still being early in the season. He shared his belief that the regional meet will still likely bring about surprises, as it’s difficult to gauge performances under the conditions present in Rock Springs.

And speaking of surprises, James Asmus finishing fifth in the two-mile race was a pleasant surprise to his head coach, describing the smart race Asmus ran, being in the 10th position with about 800 meters to go before moving up five positions.

“That’s what we’re going to look for in the next few weeks,” Berger elaborated, “who is going to step up and be those surprises for us.”

Berger then alluded to the solid, proven performances from Freeland, Cole Wilkinson, Brinae Sanders, Dane Kelly, Maggie Cox and MacKenzee Barker, athletes he believes have demonstrated the ability to win outright, or be in contention in their events, once the conference meet rolls around.

“It could be any one, and from any team,” Berger concluded, with the hope some of his underclassmen are among the biggest surprises in the 4A West Conference.

Red Devils track and field is scheduled to compete in Green River this Friday, April 19. Berger also hopes to take his team to a meet in Utah, perhaps in Heber City, on Saturday.

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