SHERIDAN — Headed into the second day 51 points behind first place with five events left, the Big Horn girls track and field team pulled it together to take first at regionals in Torrington over the weekend.
“I had a pretty good idea that we had a good chance to win,” Big Horn coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “It was nerve racking being 51 points down. We had our five strongest events left to go and I knew they could score many points; I was just hoping they could score enough points.”
Bailey Bard set the school record for Big Horn in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.03 seconds and took first in the event in Torrington. Bard also holds the current 200-meter dash record. At regionals, she set a new personal best in that event, beating her own record with a time of 26.54, placing first in that event as well. Ashley Fox holds the record for the 400-meter dash and she improved that record time with a 1:00.29 at regionals while placing first.
Jadyn Mirich helped Big Horn out with her first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.54 seconds, while teammate Cassidy Enloe took first in the triple jump with a distance of 32-00.00.
Bard, Fox, Enloe and Morgan Nance placed first for Big Horn in the 4×100 relay with a time of 51.83 setting the regional track record.
Bard, Fox, Enloe, and Mirich placed first in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:14.77, setting another regional record.
“I thought the kids stayed strong and finished day two well,” McLaughlin said. “The boys competed tough for being a younger group and I look forward to see them continue to grow.”
Christian Mayer placed first for Big Horn in the boy’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.73 seconds.
Along with Big Horn, Tongue River also fared well at regionals.
LeeAnna Mitchell for Tongue River placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.19 seconds. Mitchell placed second in the 200-meter dash right behind Bailey Bard from Big Horn with a time of 26.83 seconds. Mitchell placed second behind Big Horn’s Ashley Fox in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.48. Not only is Mitchell excelling in running events, she also capitalized in the long jump, placing second with a distance of 15-02.50.
Austen Scammon placed first for Tongue River in the 400-meter dash and second in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
Arvada-Clearmont also showed what Sheridan County has to offer in terms of top athletes.
Shayna Kretschman placed first in the long jump with a distance of 15-00.75 and placed fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.27 seconds.
Caitlin Klatt placed third in the discus with a distance of 92-06. Right behind her, teammate Karina Svalina placed fourth with a distance of 87-07.
For the boys, Levi Bircher placed fourth for Arvada-Clearmont in the 3200-meter run with a time of 12:27.64.
Nathan Troll placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47.92.