SHERIDAN — Track and field athletes starved for competition by a Wyoming spring found a good one Saturday in Sheridan.
After storms cancelled the majority of track meets in Wyoming last week, Sheridan High School’s host Dan Hansen meet was filled with 880 athletes from 20 different high schools out of Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota.
“It was exactly what we needed, a really good meet with great competition on our own facility,” SHS head track coach Art Baures said. Athletes ran through scattered rainstorms mixed in with periods of sunshine Saturday. “There were some phenomenal events, not just by our kids but in the entire meet.
“The volunteers were phenomenal. When you have 880 kids, for us to be able to put it on takes so much effort on their part.”
Sheridan was led yet again by two familiar names in Michael Rotellini and Gabby Edeen.
Rotellini’s stellar 4:24.73 run in the 1,600 just missed first place as he took second Saturday, beaten by Hunter Davila of Kelly Walsh by two seconds.
“We did a really good job of competing,” Baures said. “Sometimes your home track can be distracting, but I was proud of our kids. They really focused and competed their best.
“Standouts are always hard to pick,” he continued. “Michael’s time in the 1,600 is really a great time, even though he was second, it’s a really great effort. That’s the fastest race on the track.”
The 1,600 was indeed a tough race Saturday. Broncs senior Kyle Dietsche, though he placed 7th, still ran a state-qualifying time (4:33.84).
Baures noted Nate Kane’s seventh place run in the 100 and Casey Carlton’s 400 as other standouts on the boys side.
Rotellini also took third in the 3,200 and helped the SHS relay team to a third place finish with help from Dietsche, Carlton and Kane.
“I was very happy with relays,” Baures said. “We did a really good job on the girls side. When you look at the way Gabby Edeen performed…that was just really a standout for our team. For her to place second in the hundred, a that’s a really nice day for her.”
Edeen won the 200 meter dash and was runner-up in the 100. She ran a 26.43 second time in the 200, and her 12.51 in the 100 trailed Gillette’s Makayla Pzinksi by two-tenths of a second.
Crystal Richards placed third in the triple jump, and was on the Lady Broncs 4X100 relay team, which won Saturday. Richards, Edeen, Kristen Grammens and Mariah Grant ran the race in 50.82 seconds, edging the runner-up Natrona team by less than one tenth of a second.
“From a team aspect, for them to get confidence and to compete well right now, especially in the relays, that really helps us out this time of year,” Baures said.
He reiterated that the quality of the meet was that much better due to its size, saying that a top 6-8 finish was definitely something to be proud of Saturday.
“We won’t go to a better meet this year,” he said.
The Broncs and Lady Broncs each placed sixth overall. Natrona won the meet over Kelly Walsh on they boys side by a wide margin, 199 points to 92.33. The Broncs totalled 46, ahead of Big Horn’s 35 in seventh. For the girls, Campbell County won the meet with 103 points, and Cody was second with 89.5. The Lady Broncs scored 57 points, ahead of Sturgis Brown High School’s 43.50.
Sheridan’s junior varsity girls team was second, and the boys team was fourth.
Full Sheridan County results here.
Wigglesworth wins 300 hurdles for Rams
SHERIDAN — Matthew Wigglesworth won the boys 300 meter hurdles, using a personal best to top formidable field at the Dan Hansen Saturday.
The Rams senior ran a 40.6-second time in the race, beating out Cody High School’s Jackson Bower by almost two seconds. Wigglesworth also placed eighth in the boys 400 meter hurdles, trailing Sheridan’s Casey Carlton by less than one-tenth of a second for seventh.
Christian Mayer ran the 100 meter dash in 11.24 seconds and placed third.
The Rams were seventh as a team, while the Lady Rams finished 10th.
Jadyn Mirich and Bailey Bard were standouts on the girls side.
Bard, a freshman, placed second in the girls 400 meter dash with her 1:02.94. Her teammates Ashley Fox and Cricket Cunningham placing third and eighth respectively to total 15 team points for the Lady Rams in the event. The girls team finished with 36.5 behind Laurel High School’s 29.
Mirich, a junior, ran the girls 100 meter hurdles in 16.60 seconds, good enough for fifth place. Mirich and Bard were fourth and fifth respectively in the 300 hurdles.
Finally, the Lady Rams 4X400 relay team (Mirich, Fox, Cunningham and Bard) took fourth, finishing ahead of Sheridan High School by about two seconds.
Mirich also tied for fourth in the high jump, 4-09.00. She was the top placer out of Sheridan County athletes in that event.
Huff places for TRHS in 200 meter dash
SHERIDAN — The Tongue River High School track team was led by senior Josiah Huff Saturday in Sheridan.
Huff ran a 23.82-second 200 meter dash and placed sixth in the event.
On the girls side, Sarah Nielsen’s 107-07 discus throw was good enough for fifth place. She placed 11th in shot put.
The only top eight runner for the Lady Eagles was Amanda Hutchinson, who ran third and fifth place times in the girls 800 and 1,600 meter runs respectively.
Her 2:25.99 mark in the 800 trailed the first place runner, Kimberly Holiday of Cody, by four seconds.
Tongue River High School’s 4X400 relay team (Josiah Huff, Cody Jolovich, Micciah Huff and Austen Scammon) took eighth place.
The boys and girls varsity teams each placed 13th overall — the Lady Eagles out of an 18-team field, and the Eagles in a field of 14 teams.
Arvada-Clearmont: Big day for Kretschman
SHERIDAN — Shayna Kretschman placed in two events Saturday in Sheridan while competing against some of the best track athletes in the region.
The Arvada-Clearmont High School standout tied for second place in the girls long jump, matching a 16-00.00 jump by Tabitha Brisco of Natrona County High School. Cody’s Emily Reed won the event with her 16-09.00.
The only other Lady Panthers athlete to place Saturday was Bailey Roebling, who was 25th in the girls triple jump. Kretschman was also 18th in both the 100 and the 200 meter dashes.
The Panthers Dylan Collins was 10th in the boys 200 meter dash on the junior varsity side. He ran the race in 25.84 seconds. Zac Gibbs was 24th in that event.
Collins placed seventh in the long jump (16-01.50), and Atkinson placed 23rd.
Levi Bircher was 17th in the boys 400 JV event with a 1:01.25-second time. Gibbs was 23rd. Bircher was 12th in the 800, and Joe Atkinson was 30th.
The A-C girls were 18th in the varsity standings. The Panthers tied for 15th with Tongue River in the JV standings.