A trio of Wyoming runners qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals by finishing in the top five in the girls championship race at the Nike Cross Regionals Northwest on Nov. 11. It is the first time that Wyoming has qualified three individual female runners for the national event.
Rawlins star freshman Sydney Thorvaldson, Cheyenne East champion Mackenzie Marler and Cheyenne Central standout Aubrey Frentheway all finished in the top five at the regional meet at Eagle Island State Park in Idaho.
Thorvaldson took third with a time of 17 minutes, 36.08 seconds. She won every race during her freshman season at Rawlins, including winning the Class 3A state championship just seconds off the state record pace while dealing with heavy winds.
Marler, who won the Class 4A state title as a junior this season, finished fourth in 17 minutes, 37.63 seconds. Marler continues to run on a national level and overcome her Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with earlier this year.
Frentheway, always a championship contender in her four years at Central, took fifth with a time of 17 minutes, 48.81 seconds. Frentheway won the Class 4A state title as a sophomore and finished second in her junior and senior seasons.
Wyoming had not sent more than two runners to a national meet in more than a decade. In 2005, Rock Springs received an at-large bid for its boys team, while the Cheyenne Central boys accomplished the same feat the following season.
The Nike Cross Nationals will be run on Saturday in Portland, Oregon. The three Wyomingites will run in the Girls’ Championship Race scheduled to begin at 12:35 p.m.