For eight years as a head coach in track and field, Chris Page, coach of Rock Canyon High School’s girls team, has seen several top-quality individuals come and go from the Jaguars program.
This season, he needs a few more as both the Jags’ girls and boys teams move up into Class 5A postseason. With only four seniors graduated from the girls team and a handful of returning state placers from last year’s 4A meet, Page may be coming to the 5A show with some firepower.
Having finished 13th in the state in 4A last year, the Jaguar girls hit the tracks again with Ivy Deibel, Ali Will, Kelley King, Megan Sajbel and Cassandra Hardy. Deibel was a state placer in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300 hurdles and was on the Jags’ state 400 and 800 relay teams. Will made the podium at state in the 3,200 run and the 3,200 relay. She also qualified for the year-end meet in the 1,600.
King was also a part of the 400 and 800 relay teams which placed, and Sajbel ran the 800 relay. Hardy is a state qualifier in the 3,200 and the 1,600.
Kelsey Lindemann, Hailey Olcott, Zoey Tartz and Zayne Blumberg also are expected to be powerful athletes for the team this year, Page said.
“This year we move into 5A for the first time, but we also return a very strong girls track team with only four seniors graduating last year,” Page said. “Although young, we expect a very strong athletic showing from our team this year.”
On the boys side of the track, the Jags were 30th in the state last year in 4A and return under the coaching of Melanie Perea for her second year.
Taylor Sheridan returned after qualifying for state in the shot put. Jacob Dysart is back after making the podium in the 800 meters last season.
Perea said Kyle Hawkins, Steven Theodore, Cameron Gill and Dalton Spanbauer also should shake things up by the end of the season.
“This season we have a number of returners who are poised to do well even though we have moved up to 5A,” Perea said.