BIG HORN — The Big Horn High School boys track and field team was quite frankly worried in some regards heading into Saturday’s final day of the regional meet in Sheridan. A couple of the Rams’ standouts didn’t compete in their usual number of events, as they sat out with nagging injuries. That left the door ajar for a few teams in pursuit of Big Horn.
“We came in a little scared of Glenrock,” Big Horn’s Kyler Ostler said. “Glenrock was right there, and we had Liam Greenelsh and Will Pellisier not jumping, and that’s a lot of points. We thought we might not win regionals.”
Ostler ran the final leg of the 1,600-meter relay — the meet’s final event — and if his sizable lead upon receiving the baton wasn’t comforting enough, the fact that the Rams held a 55-point advantage over second-place Glenrock certainly was.
“It was a good feeling,” Ostler said. “It was relaxing.”
Ostler finished off the relay’s victory — a relay comprised of Will Huckeba, Noah Harvey and Nathaniel Lydic — which gave his team 209 points and a region title to boot. Glenrock and Wright rounded out the top three with 149 and 101 points, respectively.
“It was definitely something we knew we could accomplish,” Big Horn head coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “We knew there were some tough teams coming up to challenge. We knew we had to click on all aspects — sprints, distance, hurdles, jumps, throws — and I thought our kids competed top notch this weekend. I’m proud of the way they handled themselves this weekend.”
The Rams littered the podium in numerous events. Harvey won the 1,600-meter run, boasting a time of 4 minutes, 56.29 seconds. Billy Watson placed fifth, logging a time of 5:21.11, while Cade Butler and Bridger Michaud crossed sixth and seventh with times of 5:25.11 and 5:26.70, respectively.
“Four guys going to state. That’s big,”Ostler said. “Half our region is Big Horn. That’s big.”
Ostler won the 110-meter hurdles, logging a time of 15.03. Liam Greenelsh — in the lone race he competed in Saturday — placed runner-up with a time of 15.33, while Kade VanDyken and Garrett Custis finished third and seventh with times of 16.14 and 17.96, respectively.
Ostler added to his impressive day, besting the field in the 300-meter hurdles, recording a time of 41.48, and Custis crossed sixth, clocking in at 46.55.
Ostler also placed second in triple jump with a mark of 39 feet, 11.5 inches, while Custis and VanDyken finished fourth and seventh with leaps of 39-6 and 37-9, respectively. VanDyken placed runner-up in high jump, clearing 5-10, and Jax Zimmer took eighth with a mark of 5-2.
Carson Bates collected a pair of second-place finishes in the 100- (11.24) and 200-meter dashes (22.68). Will Huckeba took fifth in the 200 with a time of 24.10.
Lydic led a parade of Rams in the 400-meter dash, crossing second with a time of 53.64. Jack Walker and Blake Billings placed fifth and seventh after logging times of 56.68 and 57.87, respectively.
Big Horn’s 3,200-meter relay team — of Harvey, Michaud, Bryce Morris and Watson — placed third with a time of 8:58.79, and Seth Mullinax spearheaded Big Horn’s effort in the field, winning shot put with a toss of 48-6.25.
The Rams will now turn their attention to the state meet in Casper, which begins Thursday.
Lady Rams finish fifth
BIG HORN — For the second consecutive day, the Big Horn girls track and field team accumulated more points than McLaughlin thought.
“I was super happy with the way they performed,” McLaughlin said. “They exceeded all of my expectations. I thought the senior girls really stepped up, and the underclassmen followed suit. We scored a lot more points than I scheduled us for.”
The Lady Rams tallied 79 points to place fifth. Pine Bluffs won the meet scoring 181 points, while Southeast and Glenrock rounded out the top three with 91 and 87 points, respectively.
Sydney Schmidt led the charge for Big Horn, placing runner-up in the 100-meter dash, logging a time of 13.49 seconds, and Laura Biegel placed seventh with a time of 13.96. Schmidt also crossed third in the 400-meter dash, clocking in at 1:04.75, while Libby Franklin finished eighth with a time of 1:15.34.
Alisyn Hutton placed fourth in triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, 0.75 inches, and Jordan Frank placed sixth with a mark of 30-6. Jenny Trabert finished sixth in the 300-meter hurdles, recording a time of 54.0.
Reata Cook crossed eighth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 6:33.40. Cook also ran a leg of the 3,200-meter relay team — of Madison Butler, Frank and Libby Franklin — which crossed third in a time of 11:52.76.
Shyan Davidson paced the Lady Rams in the field, claiming sixth place in discus with a toss of 100-03.
Big Horn will compete at the state meet in Casper beginning Thursday.