SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School boys track and field team didn’t necessarily have a region title as its primary objective this past weekend in Cheyenne. However, the Broncs seized a lead late in the meet and clinched the crown during the 1,600-meter relay, stunning Laramie.
“Our main goal going into regionals was just try and pass through as many kids (to the state meet) as we could and if a team title came with it, that’d be great,” Sheridan head coach Taylor Kelting said. “… The kids were absolutely ecstatic to win this. We just said, ‘Now that you’ve got that now, how do you carry that over into the next week?’”
Sheridan will send 17 athletes to the state meet, which gets underway Thursday. The Broncs have at least one competitor and one relay team in every event, and Sheridan boasts at least a pair of athletes in 10 events.
Alec Riegert owns the state’s fastest seed time in three of his four events — the 200-meter run, the 300-meter hurdles and the 1,600-meter relay alongside Tymer Goss, Cody Stults and Matt Roma.
Riegert’s 110-meter hurdle mark isn’t anything to scoff at, either, as he lays claim to the third-fastest time. Roma enters with the second-fastest 200-meter time; Goss is seeded third in the 400-meter dash and distance runner Brian Gonda holds the third-quickest times in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.
The Broncs’ most consistent performer all season, Max Myers, tops both the shot put and discus fields.
The Lady Broncs will send 20 runners, jumpers and throwers to contend for a state championship this week in Casper. Sheridan placed runner-up to Cheyenne Central at the 4A East regional; however, the Lady Broncs were a tad bit shorthanded.
Several Sheridan student-athletes didn’t compete down to Cheyenne because of testing, family matters and rest, and what the Lady Broncs were able to accomplish without some of their big names surprised Kelting.
“We were missing a lot of parts, and for us to go and score 140 points — 110 of those from our underclassmen — we didn’t even think we had that kind of team, so that was very exciting,” Kelting said. “The main thing was getting us set up right for the state meet.”
Kelting hopes to have everyone at his disposal come Thursday. On paper, the Lady Broncs have athletes in every event and multiple athletes in eight of those events. Kelly Moodry — Sheridan’s lead horse all season, who sat out most of the region meet to rest — likes how the team camaraderie has taken shape this season and believes that closeness will pay dividends this week.
“I really like the team tightness with everyone on the team, and I think that will really help us out at state,” Moodry said. “You saw it a lot at regionals; everyone was asking how everyone did and knowing if they PR’d, and getting actually genuinely excited for everybody.
“… I think we have a very good shot at a state championship.”
Moodry didn’t record a time at the regional meet so she isn’t seeded in any of her events. The Lady Broncs will bank on their depth to score as many points as possible as Kylie Sorenson is slated as the highest-seeded Lady Bronc with the second-best mark in the high jump. The 400- and 3,200-meter relays, along with the 1,600-meter sprint medley, all boast the second-quickest seed times, and Piper O’Dell enters state with the third-fastest 300-meter hurdle time.
The state meet begins with the 3,200-meter finals Thursday at 11 a.m. at Kelly Walsh High School.