BIG HORN — Sheridan High School track and field head coach Taylor Kelting doesn’t have the opportunity to interact or watch his field event athletes all that often. At practices, the throwers and jumpers run through drills with their respective specialized coaches while Kelting hangs around the track to monitor the runners — his forte.
Thursday’s Little Goose Jump and Throw meet at Big Horn High School allowed Kelting to walk around and watch those field athletes he wouldn’t normally see if running events were going on.
“It’s always nice to have this meet,” Kelting said. “It’s a good venue, and it’s always a good atmosphere. It’s great that I’m able to go watch our kids compete to show them that I’m not just around the distance kids all the time. It’s cool to see our field event kids go and get that chance and have fun with it too.”
The meet also allows athletes that compete in the field and on the track to focus solely on their field events. Many times during regular meets, dual-discipline athletes have to scamper back and forth from the field to the track. The Little Goose Jump and Throw allows those individuals to rest a little more and concentrate on just one aspect of their track life.
“I love this meet,” Big Horn track and field head coach Kirk McLaughlin said. “I think it’s a great change of pace. … It’s nice for the kids to just to focus on this one thing. That has helped us for sure. We always have kids pre-qualify at this meet because it’s towards the end of the season and they only have to focus on one or two events.”
Big Horn placed second in both the boys and girls team scores with 39 and 59 points, respectively. Buffalo won the boys meet with 89 points, and Sheridan won the girls side with 60.5 points.
The Rams and Lady Rams took home several individual first-place finishes.
Big Horn’s Seth Mullinax, competing in just one event, won the discus with a throw of 134 feet, 6 inches. Shyan Davidson gave the Lady Rams a champion in the shot put with a mark of 35-7.5, while teammate Jaxon Parker won the boys shot put with a toss of 44-11.25.
Big Horn’s Sydney Atkinson paced the Lady Rams in the jumping events, winning the triple jump with a mark of 32-10.
Davidson capped her day with a runner-up mark of 92-04 in the discus. Liam Greenelsh led the Rams in the jumping events with a second place in the long jump, logging a mark of 20-7.
Tongue River did the majority of its scoring in the throwing events. Courtney Good bested the field in the discus with a throw of 108-06, and teammate Brittany Fillingham placed second in the shot put with a toss of 32-3.25.
For the Eagles, Cooper Vollmer took charge with a runner-up finish in the high jump as he cleared 5-8.
Sheridan’s Rachel Petersburg took second in both the triple jump (32 feet) and long jump (15-6.5). Teammate Josie Fettig also placed runner-up in the high jump, clearing 5 feet.
Sheridan’s Connor Jorgenson paced the Broncs with a second in the shot put with a toss of 44-7.25.
Riley Malli led Arvada-Clearmont with third-place finishes in both the shot put (43.8.5) and discus (120-06).
All four local teams compete in Gillette Friday.