The Natrona County boys finished second at the 2018 Wyoming State High School Indoor Track Championships on Saturday in Gillette while the host school’s title reign came to an end.
Gillette swept both boys and girls titles last year but did not finish better than 13th in either this weekend. The girls, who had won four of the last five state indoor track championships, finished with 13 points. The boys, on the other hand, tallied just three and took 18th out of 19 teams.
The Cheyenne Central girls, on the strength of their distance runners and field events, pulled away for the championship with 111.50 points. Laramie finished second with 83.50. The Plainsmen held off the Mustangs to win the boys title with 83.66 points. Natrona County fell just shy with 77.50. Kelly Walsh took fifth.
This weekend marked the first time since 2010 that the Cheyenne Central girls won the state indoor track title. The Laramie boys’ championship was just the second in program history and first since 2012.
The Laramie girls swept the two relays. Keitsa Akambasi, Kyra Wulff, Rachel King and Colby Stickelman were the winning 4x200 relay team while Akambasi was joined by Kyleigh Bingham, Becky Barbier and Rachel Battershell to win the 4x400 relay. Battershell, who competes for Wheatland in the outdoor season, won the individual 200 and took second in the 55.
Kelly Moodry of Sheridan won the 800 with Mackenzie Marler taking second. Marler rebounded with a win in the 1,600. Central’s Aubrey Frentheway placed just behind Marler in each of the events.
Piper Barrett of Central won the high jump, Star Valley’s Janice Hall cleared 18 feet, 4 inches for long jump gold and Kelly Walsh’s Maddison Dedic won the shot put. Sydney Holiday of Cody earned gold in the 55-meter and 55 hurdles.
Roman Smith powered Laramie in the sprints with gold in the 55 and 200. He edged out Joey Zook of Kelly Walsh (6.68 seconds to 6.69). Kelly Walsh’s Caige McComb won the 55 hurdles in 7.61 seconds to give Casper its only individual title of the meet.
Star Valley’s Wyatt Peck took the 800 win, Shane Henderson of Cheyenne South won the 1,600, Cody’s Gavin Holeman barely beat teammate Owen Oilar to win the pole vault (14-06 to 14-00), Sheridan’s Maxwel Myers won the shot put and Cheyenne East standout Jefferson Danso won the triple jump.
The Cheyenne East team of Sam Hageman, Brayden Barker, Pete Mead and Dakota Merritt won the 4x200 over second-place Rock Springs while the Cheyenne Central team of Ishmael DePaulitte, Nico Vite, Landen Fuller and Adarius Gallon won the 4x400.