SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School indoor track team had a good showing at its first meet in Gillette Friday with several finishes in the top eight spots — some topping dozens to nearly 100 competitors in what has become a popular sporting event in a state with unpredictable weather in spring and fall sporting seasons.
“We were glad to get our first meet in. That was really good,” head coach Art Baures said.
“Some kids were pretty successful on their first outing. Some realized the work they have to do. Either way, we have kids in their first meet, so we’re happy with that.”
Sheridan took 73 out of 88 total indoor track athletes to the meet, and had a lot of competitors get in and do a great job, Baures said. The top eight competitors qualified in the meet, and the top six took home awards.
Overall team scores were not kept, but SHS had strong showings in a variety of boys and girls events.
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Ashley Fox was a highlight athlete for the girls team, Baures said. She finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.99 seconds.
Gabby Edeen qualified at eighth with a time of 7.86 in the 55-meter dash preliminaries, which featured 99 athletes. She took eighth in the 55-meter final with a time of 7.89.
Elena Ostler took fifth in the girls 3,200-meter run with a time of 15:27.34.
In relays, SHS Lady Broncs came in fourth with a time of 1:57.36 in the 4X200 meter — with teammates Megan Culver, Gabby Edeen, Crystal Richards and LeAnna Mitchell — and fifth in the 4X400 meter with teammates Emily Gradwohl, Kia Hiepler, Zoe Sherman and Brittany Buckler in a time of 4:49.11.
Taylor Ballek took third out of 18 in the girls pole vault. Crystal Richards took fifth in long jump, and Peyton Bomar took eighth in triple jump. Shot put saw a second place finish with Shayla Christensen and seventh with Sarah Bacon.
The boys also had several top-eight placers.
In the 55-meter dash, Christian Mayer tied for fifth in the finals with a time of 6.74.
Matt Scarlett had a strong long-distance showing with sixth in the boys 800-meter run (2:10.21), and fourth in the boys 1,600-meter with a time of 4:45.85. Both events had more than 50 competitors.
Seth Kovar placed fourth in the 55-meter hurdles.
In relay, Brian Kjerstad, Colby Bruney, Christian Mayer and Miciah Huff took fourth in the 4X200. In the 4X400 relay, Ryan Szatkowski, Jan Jirovec, Matt Scarlett and Brandon Farvstveet took seventh.
Aaron Campbell tied for sixth in the high jump, and Christian Mayer took fifth in the triple jump.
Baures said the team will work on getting its relay teams set in coming practices, as well as on improving each kid’s events.
“I feel like we can really improve in a few areas,” Baures said. “It was a good start for our kids, though, and it shows some good promise for later on.”
The SHS indoor track team will compete next weekend in Spearfish, S.D.