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Tongue River has good first day at regionals
SHERIDAN — Tongue River athletes positioned themselves well on the first day of regional track in Gillette.
Josiah Huff and Amanda Hutchinson each won their prelim in the 800, and Cody Jolovich was third.
Sarah Nielsen won the shot put Friday, and a nice surprise for the Lady Eagles was Sarah Bacon in eighth, head coach Chuck Walters said.
“I thought we ran really well, I was real happy with what our kids did today,” Walters said. “With any culminating event you always have surprises, but overall we had a really good day.
Tongue River pre-qualified eight of the 17 kids they brought to Gillette. The top eight in individual events and top four relay teams tomorrow qualify for state.
“A lot of the races today were preliminaries, mostly the sprints,” Walters said. “Josiah Huff won the 800 and he ran a good race. Amanda Hutchinson won the 800 and ran well, too.”
Austen Scammon and Micciah Huff reached the finals in the 300 hurdles and Huff will also run in the 110 hurdles Saturday.
Cody Jolovich won the two-mile.
“That was nice because coming in we didn’t really know where he stood, but he ran a really good race,” Walters said.
Another surprise, he said, was the 4X100 relay team — Matt Yellowtail, Kendall Walters, Micciah Huff and Cody Perkins — running together for the first time and placing seventh.
Walters placed sixth in discus, impressing his coach with his improvement this season.
While Josiah Huff qualified in the 200, he hurt his hamstring and may sit out until state next weekend in Casper.
Athlete times were not available by press time, but Saturday results can be followed online at runnercard.com
Mayer runs well for Rams
SHERIDAN — Big Horn sprinter Christian Mayer returned from an injury put in a good showing in Gillette on the first day of regionals.
Mayer won the 100-and 200-meter dashes, cruising the last several meters, Rams track coach Kirk McLaughlin said, and goes into today’s finals with the best 2A times.
“He looked amazing,” McLaughlin said simply.
Mayer also won the triple jump with his 40-foot, 9.75 inch leap.
Hanneah Puckett reached the finals in the 100-meter dash for the Lady Rams, and Cricket Cunningham, Ashley Fox and Bailey Bard each ran finals qualifying times in both the 200-and 400-meter dashes.
Matthew Wigglesworth qualified for today’s finals in the 100-and 300-meter hurdles as well as the 400-meter run.
Jadyn Mirich qualified in both hurdles on the girls side, and she will run in the 300 finals with Bailey Bard and McKenzie Greenelsh.