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WYOMING STATE HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cheyenne Central boys, girls win team titles at state cross country

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Five new individual winners were crowned at the 2021 Wyoming State High School Cross County Championships on Saturday in Ethete, with Saratoga’s Grant Bartlett the only repeat gold medalist. It was the third consecutive state title for the Panthers junior.

In the team races, the Cody girls were the only ones to repeat as Ava Stafford won the individual race and led the Fillies to their third consecutive Class 3A title.

Cheyenne Central swept the 4A team titles, with the Mountain View (3A) and Rocky Mountain (2A) boys winning their program’s first championships. The Saratoga girls were the 2A winners for the first time since 2009.

Class 4A boys

Central placed four runners in the top 10, led by a second-place finish from senior Jacob Frentheway, to win its first team title since 2007. Also earning all-state recognition for the Tribe were Bridger Brokaw (7th), Jason Frentheway (8th) and Will Barrington (10th).

Jackson senior Mason Wheeler won individual gold with a time of 16 minutes, 10.45 seconds. Sheridan junior Austin Akers finished third to earn all-state honors for the third year in a row.

Class 4A girls

The Central girls are atop the classification for the first time in four years thanks to placing four runners — Sydney Morrell (4th), Kaya Pillivant (5th), Emma Hofmeister (8th) and Rian Cordell-Reiner (10th) — in the top 10.

Jackson senior Kate Brigham won the race with a time of 18:38.15 to help the Broncs to a runner-up finish. Kelly Walsh senior Finley Klinger was second for the fourth consecutive year, with Natrona County senior Delilah Baedke, last year’s winner, finishing ninth.

Class 3A boys

Junior Owen Burnett and senior Tanner Erickson had a 1-2 finish to lead Mountain View to its first team championship. The Buffalos totaled 46 points while runner-up Star Valley had 67, with freshman Habtamu Wetzel placing fourth and sophomore Drake Plowman 10th.

Class 3A girls

Stafford was the only Cody runner to place in the top 10, but the Fillies still cruised to the team title. They finished with 63 points to finish 45 points better than runner-up Lander.

Star Valley’s Eve Mavy was second, followed by Emma Gonzales from Burns/Pine Bluffs.

Class 2A boys

The podium had a familiar look to it as the top-three finishers were the exact same for the third year in a row. Grant Bartlett was followed across the finish line by twin brother Grady and Tongue River senior Wyatt Ostler grabbed his third consecutive bronze medal.

The team race also had a familiar feel as Rocky Mountain and Saratoga tied for the top spot with 30 points each. However, the Grizzlies’ fifth-place finisher had a better time than his Panthers’ counterpart, which resulted in Rocky Mountain winning its first team championship.

Last year, Tongue River and Saratoga tied for first, but the Panthers only had four runners so the Eagles were crowned the winners.

Class 2A girls

Saratoga won the team title for the first time since 2009 and the Panthers might not have to wait another 12 years for their next championship. All four of their top-1o finishers are underclassmen — sophomore Marilee Williams (3rd), junior Madison Teichman (4th), and freshmen Milan Scott (8th) and Rhiwan Williams (10th).

Tongue River senior Maddy Hill was the individual medalist.

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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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