She hasn’t raced at the varsity level for more than two months and yet Sydney Thorvaldson may be the mightiest of distance runners in the state of Wyoming.
The Rawlins freshman continued her undefeated streak, claiming the Class 3A East Cross-Country Regional as her latest prize, running the 5K in 19 minutes, 14.12 seconds at the Legion Golf Course in Thermopolis. McKenna Bomengen of Thermopolis was second with a time of 22:01.43.
For the sake of context, former high school standout Jules Ward (Thermopolis) won the same regional with a time of 20:9.56 last year.
Porter Harman of Worland won on the boys’ side of the 3A East with a time of 17:56.06.
In Class 4A East, the Laramie boys again dominated by taking the top four positions along with seventh and eighth. Albert Steiner earned the individual gold with a 15:57.09 5K at Prairie View Golf Course in Cheyenne.
The Cheyenne Central girls won on the team side of the 4A East while Cheyenne East’s Mackenzie Marler upset Abigail Whitman of Laramie. Marler finished in 18:00.68 while Whitman crossed the finish line in 18:15.22.
Star Valley’s boys dominated the Class 3A West with six runners in the top 10. Asefa Wetzel won while Wesley Kallgren took silver and Peter Visser earned the bronze for the Braves.
Star Valley also won on the girls side with five runners in the top 10. The individual crown, however, belonged to Cody’s Baylee Stafford, who finished in 20:19.
The state meet is next Saturday in Sheridan.