SHERIDAN — Taylor Kelting wants his Sheridan indoor track athletes to remain hungry when they approach meets.
Over the weekend at Montana State, the Broncs and Lady Broncs were fed a hearty helping of strong track competition.
It was the first time the Sheridan High School indoor track team made the trip to the Montana State All-Comers meet since 2001.
With a late start Saturday that trickled into the early afternoon Sunday, Kelting wasn’t sure what to expect from his athletes.
He wasn’t disappointed.
“We have talked all week about being hungry and attacking our events, races at a strong rate,” Kelting said. “I felt like we did that this week. Our top kids competed like they always do. We have a bunch of seniors and juniors that know how to flat out compete.”
Although the first-place finishes were limited, Sheridan had 28 top-eight finishers, one first-place finish and a broken school record.
Peyton Bomar led the charge for the Lady Broncs on a day that included four top-eight finishes. She took first in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 7 inches, and her third-place time of 8.21 seconds in the 60-meter dash set a new school record.
Bomar rounded out her big weekend with a fourth-place time of 9.70 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, and her 1 minute, 2.29 seconds in the 400-meter dash was also good for fourth.
Laura Alicke took second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:59.84. She also took eighth in the 1600-meter dash (5:37.65).
Xiomara Robinson was stride for stride with Alicke in both events, beating her in the 1600 with a fourth-place time of 5:30.36. She finished behind Alicke in third in the 3200-meter race with a 12:22.50 finish.
Anna Zowada took fourth in the 200-meter dash (28.41) and sixth in the 400-meter dash (1:03.67). Pippin Robison took third in the 800-meter dash (2:25.81), and Zoe Robison was sixth in the same event (2:35.56).
Rounding out the Lady Broncs’ top-eight finishes were Heilee Frey, who took third in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 6.25 inches, Kylie Sorensen — third in the high jump with a height of 4 feet, 11 inches — and Emily Hooge’s sixth-place pole vault of 9 feet.
The Sheridan boys didn’t take home any gold medals at the meet, but they had 10 finish in the top eight, some in multiple events.
Marc Wodahl, Max Myers and Alec Riegert had the three top finishes for Sheridan with a few second-place medals. Wodahl was second in the triple jump with a jump of 40 feet, while Myers’ throw of 48 feet, 8 inches was second in the shot put. Riegert was second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.22. Wodahl also added a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (24.25), and Riegert took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.95).
Nathan Beraldo was third in the 200-meter dash (24.01) and seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.42).Tyler Holloway was sixth in the 400-meter dash (55.78), and Jarrod Roberts’ jump of 31 feet was eighth best in the triple jump.
In the 800-meter run, Tymer Goss (2:10.07) and Derek Vela (2:10.92) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. In the 1600-meter run, Brian Gonda (4:34.68) and Jered McCafferty (4:36.33) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, to round out the Broncs’ top finishers.
The SHS indoor track team will be back in action Thursday in Gillette.