SHERIDAN — Timothy Brown didn’t sleep well Thursday. The Sheridan High School junior — the night before the first day of the regional meet hosted by the Broncs — simply had too many nerves ahead of his 800-meter run.
Brown claimed the fastest seed time, but he knew that was as meaningless as a time typed onto a sheet of paper. It meant nothing come Friday at 9 a.m.
Brown held serve as the top seed, giving the Broncs a rousing start to regionals, claiming the 800-meter championship with a personal best time of 1 minute, 58.88 seconds. That helped Sheridan earn the first-day lead with 63 points. Natrona County and Laramie completed day one in second and third with 52 and 41 points, respectively.
“All the 800 kids ran well for us today,” Sheridan head coach Taylor Kelting said. “Timothy Brown has gotten better each week for us. He’s a contender next week at state, so for him to do what he did today was really strong.”
Brown took a different approach to the 800 than he did last week. At the Campbell County Last Chance Qualifier meet, Brown took it out fast, seized the lead before seeing it all evaporate by the end of the race.
He didn’t want that to happen again, so Brown played it a little more strategic. He stayed in touch with the leader, but didn’t make his move until the final fraction of the race.
“I didn’t want to lead it because the kid up front always works hardest,” Brown said. “So I stayed behind him until the last 200.”
The nerves have now settled and Brown looks forward to Saturday where he’ll run the 3,200-meter relay and the 1,600-meter run, as the Broncs look to claim their second straight regional crown.
“I feel a lot better now,” Brown said. “I’m ready for that 4-by-8 and ready to cruise with the boys.”
Wyatt Shaw and Alex Garber are two of those boys and they weren’t far behind Brown in the 800-meter run. Shaw crossed fifth with a time of 2:01.14, and Garber took seventh, boasting a time of 2:01.44.
Shaw closed out the meet Friday in fine form as he anchored the victorious 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team. Shaw along with Cody Stults, Carter McComb and Izak Aksamit logged a time of 3:47.04.
Ryan Karajanis gave Sheridan a pair of individual regional championships Friday. He cleared 14 feet in pole vault, besting the second-place finisher by more than a foot. Teammate Caden Moeller placed fourth with a mark of 12-10, Matt Legler took fifth, clearing 12-4, and Shane Karajanis finished eighth with a mark of 11-4.
Josh Ahrens earned Sheridan four points with a fifth-place finish in long jump with a leap of 20-01. David Standish also took fifth in 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:02.84, and Garett Avery wasn’t far behind in sixth, clocking in at 10:11.98. Gaige Vielhauer rounded out the Broncs’ top-eight individual placers, finishing eighth in discus with a toss of 126-04.
Sheridan is in position to win its second consecutive region crown Saturday, and that’s the simply message Kelting will deliver to his team.
“When you get shots at a championship you got to take them,” Kelting said. “We got a lot of boys in a lot of finals tomorrow. We know we are going to score quite a bit of points tomorrow. Our goal is to stay healthy, run fast and get us ready for next week.”
Rams seize lead after day one
BIG HORN — The Big Horn High School boys track and field started out the regional meet Friday much like host Sheridan did save for one small difference. The Rams not only won the 800-meter dash, but took second, as well.
Nathaniel Lydic and Noah Harvey placed one-two with times of 2 minutes, 2.03 seconds and 2:04.06, respectively. That authoritative start pushed the Rams out in front with 67 points. Wright and Glenrock sit in second and third with 53 and 51 points, respectively.
“I was really happy with how the 800 kids started us off today,” Big Horn head coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “… It got the mojo going and got the fire burning a little bit hotter. The kids saw, ‘Hey, they are up for the challenge.’ I think the rest of the kids stepped up and started feeling the juice a little bit.”
The Rams also finished the meet in style thanks to their 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team. Carson Bates, Ayden Phillips, Will Huckeba and Lydic clocked in at 3:54.76, which bested the second-place team by more than three seconds.
Kade Eisele placed runner-up in pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches, while Garrett Custis placed fifth with a mark of 10-6.
Phillips took third in long jump with a leap of 19-10.25, and Eisele finished sixth with a mark of 19-01. Billy Watson placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:41.84.
Veach gets Panthers on the board
CLEARMONT — Torrey Veach put the Arvada-Clearmont High School boys track and field team on the scoreboard Friday during the first day of the regional meet in Sheridan. Veach placed eighth in long jump after he leapt 17 feet, 4.5 inches.