By Tanya Hamner
The Sheridan Press
SHERIDAN — Big Horn track and field athletes broke several school records Saturday at the Dan Hansen Invitational in Sheridan.
Bailey Bard broke the school record for the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.81 seconds, placing third. Ashley Fox set the new school record in the 400-meter dash placing first with a time of 1:01.40. The 4×100 relay team consisting of Bard, Fox, Cassidy Enloe and Morgan Nance also broke a school record, placing second with a time of 51.78 seconds.
“The girls team was pretty strong Saturday,” head coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “We haven’t had a track meet yet with all of the girls on the team at the meet. When we have the whole team there they will have a very solid performance.”
The Big Horn girls track team placed fifth with a score of 43 points.
Garrett Allen placed fifth in shot put with a distance of 41 feet, 1 inch.
“Our boys team is young,” McLaughlin said. “The boys are getting some experience under their belt and in the future they will be strong.”
Tongue River and Arvada-Clearmont had good showings at the track meet as well.
“All of our athletes had personal best times at this meet,” Tongue River head coach Chuck Walters said. “They figured out what they needed to do this meet to accomplish their times.”
Courtney Jolovich placed eighth for Tongue River in the 800-meter run, while Sarah Bacon placed ninth in the shot put.
Jarod McCafferty placed ninth in the 1600-meter run and seventh in the 3200-meter run. Meanwhile, Micaiah Huff placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300-meter hurdles.
“So far we are starting to see the growth in our athletes now in the season,” Walters said. “Overall we are setting good for regionals and state.”
A-C coach Jan Gibbs said she was pleased with her team.
“It is exciting to see athletes from 1A compete well against the bigger schools,” Gibbs said. “That’s the neat thing about track is it is more on an individual level than team level. Many athletes can compete no matter how small their school is.”
A-C athlete Shayna Kretschman placed sixth in the long jump and Caitlin Klatt placed ninth in the discus.
“Everybody performed well at this meet,” Gibbs said. “We have seen a lot of gain and confidence building in each individual event. They are on the right track of succeeding this season.”