SHERIDAN — She won’t wear the Sheridan High School blue and gold for very long. However, in just the first couple weeks of Kelly Moodry’s soon-to-be-brief Broncs track career, she’s made quite an impression.
Moodry moved from Gillette last summer to Sheridan and plans to make the most of her short time in Sheridan before she moves yet again to compete at the college ranks.
Sheridan track head coach Taylor Kelting remembers the day he learned Moodry — a runner that raced past many of his athletes, and many in the state for that matter — would soon be a part of his roster. During the heart of last year’s outdoor season, Moodry’s mother received a job offer in Sheridan. Moodry, who enjoyed a breakout track season in 2017 at Campbell County High School, soon joined her biggest rivals from the west.
“It was hard telling my team in Gillette that I was leaving,” Moodry said. “But we had a strong senior class last year, and with the two schools splitting (in Gillette) it was a good year to come to Sheridan.”
Moodry arrived in Sheridan prior to the fall semester and got a good first taste of SHS athletics with the girls swim team when the Lady Broncs placed second at the state meet in November.
Immediately following the celebratory swim season, Moodry got after it on the track with some preseason work. Kelting knew of Moodry’s running prowess, but seeing it firsthand made it truly resonate with the second-year head coach.
“We just said, ‘Holy cow, this girl is really good,’” Kelting said.
And even though Moodry remains relatively reserved and quiet during practice with her new team — leading by example — the other runners feel a profound effect, as well.
“The other kids notice how good she is and how hard she works and it raises our level immediately,” Kelting said. “… She’s taken us to that next step.”
Moodry has already won multiple races in the first two weekends of the indoor season.
Her goal this winter, and into the outdoor season this spring, remains pretty simple. Moodry wants to log personal bests in all her races — she competes in anything from the 200-meter dash to the 800-meter run.
Moodry keeps her goals short and sweet having already had a large weight lifted off her shoulders when she finalized her collegiate decision this past fall. Moodry elected to sign with Boise State during the early signing period in November, spurning PAC 12 Utah.
“It seemed like Boise’s team was a lot more homely and tight,” Moodry said. “I really like the coach there. He’s very excited for my future and has a plan and is super excited. I really felt like I could put my running career in his hands.”
So now it’s full speed ahead for Moodry. Her indoor season is currently going smashingly, and with the addition of many runners for the outdoor season, the Lady Broncs appear poised to compete for their first track state title since 1983.
Next year, Moodry will call Boise home, her third city in as many years. Her time in Sheridan will be brief, but at the moment, she’s making the most of it.