The Kelly Walsh boys capped an impressive school year Saturday at the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Track and Field Championship.
Led by senior Lamont Frisby’s wins in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the Trojans repeated their state-title performance from last year. Kelly Walsh finished with 109 points, followed by Laramie with 94 and Gillette with 90.
“This has been a special year for Kelly Walsh,” senior Cameron Carter said. “This is just the best way to finish my high school career.”
Carter, who finished fifth in the 100 and ran a leg on the Trojans’ winning 4x100 relay team, also helped Kelly Walsh to a second-place finish in state golf in the fall and a state basketball championship in March.
“Coming into this season I was hoping to get three state championships,” Carter said, “but to get the last two was awesome.”
In addition to Frisby’s wins, the Trojans added 23 points in the 100 and 200 as Jared Spaulding was second in both events and Joey Zook was sixth in the 100, in addition to Carter’s fifth-place finish.
“I never thought I would be standing on the podium,” Carter said. “All credit goes to (coach) Mark Hileman. He just makes you better.”
The Gillette girls won their second title in three years as the deep and talented Camels posted 126.5 points, with Sheridan second (78) and Cheyenne East third (66).
Gillette entered the day trailing Kelly Walsh by eight points, but got first-place finishes from Kelly Moodry (200, 400), Kassidy Wanke (100), Kealy Hill (pole vault) and the 4x400 relay team.
The Overseas Jumper
Senior Leila Martinez, an exchange student from Spain, made the most of her three-month stay in Evanston.
A world-class triple jumper, Martinez set a new state record in the event Saturday with a leap of 39 feet, 10.25 inches. Gillette’s Emily Moore held the record of 39-07.5 in 2006.
“I wasn’t nervous because I knew I was going to jump good,” said Martinez, who also won the 110-meter hurdles. “I was good at track and field in Spain so they knew I was going to do great here.”
Martinez, who lives in Madrid, Spain, said living in Evanston was definitely an adjustment.
“I knew where Wyoming was, but I didn’t know where Evanston was,” she said. “When I found out it was a really small town I didn’t know if I was going to be able to survive. But I made it and I’m going to miss Evanston.”
Gibson gets the record
Jackson senior Anna Gibson finally got a state record.
After just missing out on the state mark in the 800 on Friday, Gibson left no doubt in the 1600 Saturday. She took the lead from the opening gun and raced to a time of 4 minutes, 48.14 seconds to break the record of 4:52.12 set by Gillette’s Alicia Craig in 2001.
With no one pushing her, Gibson was running against the clock. And as she came down the backstretch she was watching her time on the Harry Geldien Stadium scoreboard to the left of the finish line.
“I looked up and saw the clock and I thought, ‘I’m doing this. I’m really going to do this,’” she said. “To know that I finally have my name in the record book is amazing.”