Twin brothers Shane and Conor McGraw spent a lot of time on the podium at the recent Wyoming State High School Class 1A Track and Field Championships.
The Hanna juniors each won two events — Shane finished first in the 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run, and Conor won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles — and finished runner-up in another with Shane placing second in the 200 and Conor in the 100. Conor added a fourth-place finish in the 200 and Shane was fifth in the discus. Together, the duo scored 65 of the Miners’ 75 team points to lead Hanna to a fourth-place finish.
“It’s been fun,” Shane said after being edged out by Western Heritage’s Kaden Dower in the 200. “It’s tiring, but it’s exhilarating.”
The McGraw twins are used to being exhausted, though.
In addition to their track accomplishments, they have excelled on the gridiron and on the hardwood. Conor, a two-time Class 1A/6-man all-state selection, led the Miners with 881 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns this past season. Shane added 762 yards and 13 scores on the ground while passing for 558 yards and 12 TDs without an interception. On defense, the two combined for 21 tackles for loss and six sacks.
Hanna (7-1) saw its bid for a perfect season end with a 60-36 loss to eventual state runner-up Burlington in the quarterfinals. It was the third consecutive year the Miners lost in the first round.
“We’re looking forward to football, for sure,” Conor said. “We have a little bit of a chip on our shoulders with getting knocked off in the first round again.”
The 2019 season might be the year that first-round frustration ends. Defending state champ Farson and Burlington both have to replace a number of players, and Hanna returns five all-conference selections, with Conor and Shane being the headliners.
“We’re really excited for the football season,” Shane said.
When football season ends — the 1A/6-man state championship game is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium — the McGraws will trade in their football cleats for basketball sneakers.
This past year they helped Hanna qualify for the Class 1A state tournament for the fourth year in a row but lost to Encampment and Burlington.
Conor averaged a team-best 17.6 points per game to earn all-state honors for the second time. Shane, an all-state selection as a sophomore, averaged 12.1 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds per game.
After basketball, of course, is track and field. And that’s where the McGraw twins have had the most impact.
Shane is a three-time state champ in the 400 and won the 800 as a freshman in addition to winning it this year. Conor won the 200 last year to go along with his hurdles sweep this season. Combined, the two have scored 163 points for the Miners since they were freshmen.
They plan on attending basketball and football camps this summer in addition to their regular weight-lifting routine.
“We’re looking to get to the top in football and get back to state in basketball,” Conor said. “And in track, just continue what we’ve been doing.”
Added Shane: “Our high school careers keep getting better. It’s like the more you improve the more fun it gets.”