Weiser girls take home 2023 3A State gold

The Weiser High School girls’ track team captured the 2023 3A State Track Championship held May 19-20 at Middletown High School. Front row, from left, Claire Matthews, Emily Christopherson, Madi Wilkins, Kailee Lerew, and Bethany Grant. Back row, from left, Coach Delton Walker, Coach Gavin Gaskell, Kiana Olvera, Kylee Quinton, Kate Davies, Mattie Shirts, Kamryn Doty, Coach Dave Shirts, Calle Foster, Coach Roger Watkins, and coach John Srholec.

The 4x400 relay team of front, from left, Kiana Olvera, Kailee Lerew and back, Kylee Quinton and Mattie Shirts took back-to-back state championships with a time of 4:07.91.

Weiser’s track and field team was just like the weather during the 3A State meet – hot. The Lady Wolverines brought home the state championship trophy, two school records were broke, and relay teams continued their winning ways. Brayden Walker in the 300m hurdles broke the school record with a time of 39.65 and brought home the gold medal.

Wolverine Josh Cannon took first place in the unified 100 meter dash.
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Boys and girls 4x400 relay team take first place; several individuals earn medals

The Weiser High School track team came up with some big wins at the 3A Track and Field Championship meet that took place May 19-20 at Middleton High School. 
 Highlighting competition last weekend was the Wolverine girls’ team, which took home the first-place overall 3A State Championship hardware.
 Both the boys’ and girls’ 4x400 relay teams took first place, with several athletes earning individual medals.
 “Our girls and boys stepped it up at the state meet,” Shirts said. “They battled the heat to turn in some great performances. We performed better than predicted, and we finished the meet off with both our boys and girls 4x400 teams winning the gold. I am very proud of all our athletes. They supported each other and helped out one another. It will always be a memorable experience for them.”
 The Weiser womens’ team won the state championship with a score of 96. Teton finished second overall with a score of 61. McCall Donnelly placed third with a score of 58. Several athletes contributed to the team score across distance, sprinting, and field events. 
 In the 400m race, Kailee Lerew finished first with a time of 59.36. Mattie Shirts placed fourth in a time of 1:01.68. In the 300m hurdles, Kylee Quinton placed third with a time of 47.83.
In the distance runs, Weiser continued to do very well. In the 800m, Kylee Quinton placed second with a time of 2:18.17. Claire Matthews took fourth with a time of 2:26.66. 
 In the 1600, Matthews took fourth with a time of 5:35.23.  Matthews also took second in the 3200 with a time of 12:05.69. 
 Weiser’s relay teams have performed well all season, and they continued to stay strong through the state championship. In the 4x100 relay, Emily Christopherson, Madilyn Wilkins, Bethany Walker, and Kailee Lerew qualified for state and finished third with a time of 51.46. In the 4x200 relay, Kailee Lerew, Kamryn Doty, Madilyn Wilkins, and Mattie Shirts finished second with a time of 1:48.22. 
 The SMR relay team of Emily Chistopherson, Madilyn Wilkins, Kate Davies, and Kylee Quinton took first place with a time of 1:53.67. This time set a new school record, beating their own record time from the district championships. 
 The 4x400 relay team of Kailee Lerew, Kylee Quinton, Kiana Olvera, and Mattie Shirts were back-to-back state champions with a time of 4:07.91. 
 Senior Kylee Quinton was a strong anchor on both the first place relay teams and shared some of her thoughts after the meet. “We had an extremely talented track team this year with amazing coaches. It was awesome to win gold in the SMR and the 4x400. To break the school record in the SMR was exhilarating! It was a good way to end my senior year. I am so proud of the girls’ team and all of the hard work they put in!” Quinton said. 
 In the field events, Kamryn Doty took sixth with a jump of 4’10”. In the triple jump, Mattie Shirts placed second, with a jump of 36’ 2.75”. Bethany Walker placed fourth with a jump of 34’02”. Kate Davies placed 10th with 32’7.75”. 
 The boys team also produced a few medalists throughout the meet. Weiser placed ninth overall with a score of 33. The state champion team, Sugar-Salem, finished with a score of 149. They were followed by Timberlake, Kimberly, and Fruitland, respectively, in the top four. 
 In the 300m hurdles, Brayden Walker broke the school record and was individual state champion with a time of 39.65. 
 In the 4x100 relay, Jackson Laird, Jayden Walker, Michael Youngberg, and Brian Munoz placed seventh with a time of 45.05. In the 4x200 relay, Jayden Walker, Brian Munoz, Toren Walker, and Brayden Walker placed fourth with a time of 1:31.94. In the SMR 1600m relay, Jackson Laird, Brian Munoz, Michael Youngberg, and Josh Kelley finished fifth with a time of 3:45.74. 
 The 4x400 relay team, consisting of Jayden Walker, Toren Walker, Michael Youngberg and Brayden Walker, won the state championship with a time of 3:28.93. In the shot-put, Trenton Hawker placed 10th with a throw of 43’07”. In the discus, Andrew Enders placed seventh with a throw of 134’06”. Trenton Hawker placed ninth with 128’10”.
 The boys’ were also the 3A State Academic Champions, with a combined 3.639 GPA.



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