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Bear Trap Invite

Sydney Thorvaldson of Rawlins takes the lead in the girls cross-country race during the Beartrap Invite on Aug. 24, 2018 on Casper Mountain.

Rawlins sophomore Sydney Thorvaldson finished with a time of 10 minutes, 30.26 seconds in the 3,200-meter run at the Basin Nation Invitational last weekend in Gillette, which is now the top time in the nation. Thorvaldson, who is competing for Laramie this indoor season, now holds a lead of nearly 7 seconds over second-place Gionna Quarzo from West Virginia.

Thorvaldson also posted a personal record 4:55.26 in the 1,600, which officially ranks No. 2 in the country, according to DyeStat’s national database. Thorvaldson’s time is just over 2 seconds behind Abby Loveys of New Jersey.

This is Thorvaldson’s first indoor season. She considered playing basketball last season but ultimately did not participate in a winter sport. She’s already earned National Girls Performer of the Week (Jan. 13-20) honors by MileSplit.

Cody’s Riley Smith also posted a personal record in the 1,600 in Gillette last weekend, finishing in 5:07.00. Smith’s time was good enough to earn the No. 42 national ranking.

Star Valley senior Asefa Wetzel remains at No. 3 in the national boys standings for the 1,600. He ran a 4:18.37 at the UHSTCA Indoor Meet in January to jump into his current position.

Thorvaldson will compete at the Laramie Open this weekend, Smith is scheduled to compete at the Natrona County Invite. All three will compete in the Simplot Games on Feb. 14-15 in Pocatello, Idaho.

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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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