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Kanab High School Cowboy track throwers lead team in season debut

Track is back!

The KHS track teams opened up their 2024 season with an impressive showing at the Snow Canyon Invitational. 54 teams from all over the state of Utah traveled down to sunny St. George to kick off their seasons.

Left to right, photos by Samantha LeFevre:

  • Rylee Little clears the bar at 5’ 4” on her way to a second place finish in the women’s high jump.

  • Kooper Swindlehurst explodes out of the blocks at the start of the men’s 400 meter.

  • Haylie McQuivey is laser focused as she prepares for her final throw in the finals of the women’s javelin.

  • Wyatt Orton qualified for state in both the discus and the shot put.

A strong returning Cowboy throwing squad was the highlight of the meet on the boys side, posting an impressive four state qualifying marks. Junior Wyatt Orton pulled double duty, qualifying in both the shot put with a throw of 41’ 9” and the discus with a throw of 114’ 7.75”. Both marks are not only a seasonal best for Orton, but overall personal records as well. Junior spear thrower, Dixon Kelly was the next to punch his ticket to State, throwing an eight-foot personal best of 146’ 1”. He was shortly followed by Senior Karter Ramsay qualifying in the discus with a huge throw of 123’ 8.5”. Both Kelly and Ramsay just narrowly missed making the final in the super competitive, 1A- 6A competition. Eleven other Cowboy throwers posted personal best marks during the competition.

The weekend was not a waste for the Cowboy runners and jumpers by any means. A young, but up and coming distance team posted several personal records, led by Junior Austin Church, with sprinters Preston Brown (fresh off an ACL repair), Anthony Barca, Easton Ott, Daxton Fox and Kooper Swindlehurst turning in very promising early season times.

While the boys team turned in more state qualifying marks, the girls team were not far behind, led by sensational distance runner, Kenidee Glazier. Glazier posted career best times in all three of her races, breaking two of her own school records and taking home two medals in the process, second in the 1600 Meter with a blistering time of 5:03.15 and third in the 800 Meter, clocking a time of 2:18.26. Speedwork was also on the Sophomore’s plate for the weekend, clocking a time of 28.16 in the 200 meter sprint as well. There really is no distance that Glazier can’t handle.

Other state qualifiers included Senior Haylie McQuivey in the Javelin and Sophomore Rylee Little in the high jump. McQuivey threw an all-time best of 108’ 4” in the javelin, taking eighth overall and scoring one point for her team on their way to a 10th place team finish. Little pitched in eight points, jumping a whopping 5’4” in the high jump and placing second overall.

The cowboy teams travel to Fillmore this Saturday (March 16th) for the Old Capital Invitational where the entire Cowboy squad will be vying for those top spots and PRs. For more cowboy action and to stay up to date on what’s going on, visit their Instagram @khstrackandcross.




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