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Big Piney's Grace Tanner leads the girls 300-meter hurdles at the Wyoming Track and Field Classic on April 27 in Casper.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

BOYS

MOST QUALIFIERS: Lovell with 31. The defending state champs have at least three entrants in each of the sprints — and four in the 200 — and the jumps, as well as qualifying all four relay teams.

EAST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Big Horn. The Rams had just two individual gold medalists — freshman Carson Bates in the 200 and junior Liam Greenelsh in the 110 hurdles — but their depth in the lateral jumps and sprints carried them to the title.

WEST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Lovell. The Bulldogs’ only individual winner was junior Brenden Lundberg in the triple jump, but they won three of the four relays and had at least three of the top-eight finishers in seven events to easily outdistance runner-up Big Piney.

2017 CHAMPION: Lovell.

WHO TO WATCH: Tucker Bopp, Glenrock. The junior won the 100 and 400 and finished second in the 200 at the East Regional.

EVENT TO WATCH: 400 ... Bopp won the event in 50.07 seconds to finish just ahead of Southeast senior Chase Lovercheck (50.08). The two could push each other to challenge the 2A state mark of 49.63.

GIRLS

MOST QUALIFIERS: Big Piney with 24. The Punchers have four entrants in both hurdling races and three in the 800, which helps offset their lack of depth in the field events.

EAST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Burns. The Broncs didn’t have any individual winners, but did take the 4x100 relay and used a balanced effort to edge second-place Pine Bluffs by nine points.

WEST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Big Piney. The Punchers won eight individual titles, including four from senior Grace Tanner (100, 200, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), and two relays to run past runner-up Lovell.

2017 CHAMPION: Big Horn.

WHO TO WATCH: Hailey Jones, Moorcroft. The sophomore won the 800 and 1600 last year and comes into the weekend with the top times in each event.

EVENT TO WATCH: 100 hurdles ... Big Piney senior Grace Tanner saw her two-year run atop the podium end last year, so she’s been on a mission all year to get back there.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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