SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School saw a little bit of everything at the state indoor track and field meet this past weekend in Gillette. Whether it was an overwhelming favorite holding serve, a runner battling a performance-hampering illness or a relay team rising to the occasion without its standout, numerous Broncs found their way to the top of the podium.
The Lady Broncs finished third as a team and the boys team claimed fourth-place, its highest finish in a decade. Head coach Taylor Kelting walked away pleased with how his team performed as a whole, but the individual stars truly impressed him.
Max Myers is no stranger to high-pressure situations, or state titles for that matter. Myers has three state championships to his name as part of the Sheridan High School football team. But Myers logged his first individual state title, and first away from the gridiron, tossing 55 feet, 7.25 inches during the shot put — an event in which he was the favorite for a lion’s share of the season.
“Winning football was awesome. It’s a team effort and track has its team aspect, but you’re really only relying on yourself,” Myers said. “Just to know I was able to do it myself and get it done out there is a really awesome feeling.”
Kelly Moodry also entered the state meet as one of the favorites to take home not just one state championship but multiple.
However, the future Boise State trackster’s situation grew a little hairy as just before the state meet she contracted a flu-like sickness.
Moodry gutted it out and crossed first in half of her four events. She won the 400- and 800-meter races with times of 57.6 seconds and 2 minutes, 16.35 seconds, respectively. A pronounced cough and blurred vision hindered Moodry both days of competition and her success, in spite of all that adversity, astounded Kelting.
“What she was able to accomplish with her health, it’s just incredible and shows how tough a competitor she is,” Kelting said.
Moodry also took runner-up in the 200-meter race and third in the 55-meter dash.
In every meet leading up to state, Moody has competed in a couple individual events and a couple relays, but in an effort to maximize scoring, Kelting elected to spread Moody’s talent across four individual races.
The 1,600-meter relay stands as Moodry’s favorite race, and having to drop it for an individual event was difficult, but Moodry wanted to do anything to help the Lady Broncs on the scoreboard
“Track is definitely a team sport, and I just told coach to put me in what’s best for the team,” Moodry said. “I knew that I could get more points for the team running individuals events, and I knew the girls could definitely hold their own.”
The 1,600-meter relay — Piper Carroll, McKinley Christopherson, Pippin Robison and Taemalle Lawson — still placed in the top five, but truly surprised during the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay.
The same four girls rallied and easily won the medley, boasting a time of 4:18.83 — nearly five seconds faster than their seed time and almost six seconds quicker than the second-place team.
“Those four girls just said, ‘We are going to go do this,’ And for them to not only win the relay, but they ran away with the relay, is just incredible,” Kelting said. “They set the tone right off at the bat.”
Kelting and the Broncs will take about a week off before delving into the outdoor season. The indoor state meet wasn’t short on drama, obstacles and adversity, but the Broncs rose above it to log multiple champions that should springboard them into the outdoor season.