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Bear Trap Invite

Sydney Thorvaldson of Rawlins takes the lead in the varsity girls cross-country race during the Beartrap Invite on Aug. 24 on Casper Mountain.

Rawlins sophomore Sydney Thorvaldson finished 13th at the Nike Cross Nationals meet in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday morning. Thorvaldson finished with a time of 17 minutes, 29.1 seconds through cold and rainy conditions.

Thorvaldson ran among the top 10 for most of the race but fell behind in the final mile. Still, finishing inside the top 20 meant Thorvaldson earned All-American honors for the second year in a row. She finished ninth with a time of 17:58.7 at the national meet last year.

The Outlaws’ standout was the only qualifying runner from Wyoming after winning the Nike Cross Northwest Regional two weeks ago. Mattie Geddes, who was a standout runner for Jackson as a freshman two years ago before transferring to Twin Falls, Idaho, finished ninth.

Katelyn Tuohy, the nation’s top high school runner, repeated as champion in the girls race. The junior from New York ran a 16:37.8.

There were no Wyoming runners in the boys’ championship race. Jackson’s Mac Staryk ran the best time among Wyomingites at the Northwest regional but finished 16th and did not qualify for the national race.

Thorvaldson is a two-time state cross-country champion in Class 3A and set the state record at this year’s meet with a time of 17:34.68.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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