SHERIDAN — After finishing up last year in seventh place at outdoor state championships, both the Sheridan High School girls and boys track teams are returning with some great athletes for the 2014 season.
“The Lady Broncs are a team with some experience and some very good key returners from last year. We have good senior leadership with some depth in the sprints and jumps,” SHS coach Art Baures said.
Baures added that the sprinters who will contribute largely to the team are Gabby Edeen, Mariah Grant, Crystal Richards, Maddy McClure and Brian Kjerstad. He also noted hurdlers Katie Campbell, Addison Stedille, Peyton Bomar, Aaron Campbell and Tyler Julian as athletes who could make a difference for the high school.
Mid-distance returning runners include Zoe Sherman, Janika Sweeney, Ellie Sweeney, Maddy McClure, Bradley Holloway and Rion Szatkowski.
Two newcomers to the program who Baures said could contribute to the team are SHS basketball star Maddy McClure and Peyton Bomar.
McClure will be doing sprints and mid-distance events while Bomar will compete in hurdles and jumping.
“Our throws and hurdles should contribute quite a few points as well,” Baures said of his team. “We will be able to field some very good relays and we hope to make a jump into the top four at the state meet in May.”
Shayla Christensen, Alison Geary and Ethan Hall could make their mark in the throwing events for the Broncs and Lady Broncs.
“We have the potential to score points in the relays and throws at the regional and state meets,” Baures said.
SHS’s coach continued by saying that Wyoming has some talented athletes in track and field at this time, especially on the girls’ side of competition, but he believes Sheridan has the talent and experience necessary to compete with the best. The challenge, he said, will be stepping up to the elite level consistently each week.
“Many of our younger athletes are ready to compete at the varsity level and that will be very important to maintaining success in the program,” Baures said. “The boys have a lot of shoes to fill from the team last year but we do have some good athletes that can make an impact at the state meet level.”