SHERIDAN — Several Sheridan High School track and field athletes placed in the top eight in their respective events at the State Track and Field Championships in Casper over the weekend.
Head coach Art Baures said the meet was a tremendous effort by all the athletes, especially since several state records and class records were set in the 4A division and the competition was tough.
In particular, Gabby Edeen, Maddy McClure and Shayla Christensen emerged as leaders for the team one last time this season and placed in their individual events. Baures said they had some good events and some tough breaks, too, but that they answered the bell every time they competed.
“They showed the team that the character and effort that is put forth is most important in the end,” Baures said.
Edeen placed third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash. McClure finished third in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 800-meter run.
Shayla Christensen finished fifth in the discus and eighth in the shot put.
One other positive result for the Broncs was that the relays all qualified and scored at the state meet.
“We were able to capitalize on using our upperclassmen with our underclassmen on the relays, and they were effective as teammates,” Baures said. “Most of the relay members will return next year and this will be our building block to improve our team scoring at the state meet next year.”
The boys were led by senior Aaron Campbell as he finished eighth in both the high jump and 110-meter hurdles.
“He really battled in his events and took some hard knocks but didn’t stop trying,” Baures said. “He exemplifies the fighter and is someone who keeps a positive outlook through adversity. He will always be a role model for his teammates, and he is a great leader for the team.”
The 400-meter relay and the 3200-meter relay competed well for the team and all but one member of those relays will return next year.
“We are optimistic that we can build around that core group going forward,” Baures said.
“The seniors on the team were very good people, and they will be missed by the underclassmen,” Baures said. “They showed the younger kids how to work hard and carry themselves with pride.“