The Buffalo boys are about to put the finishing touches on an impressive 2018-19 sports campaign.
The Bison are expected to battle Mountain View, Lovell and Powell for the Class 3A team title at the Wyoming State High School Track & Field Championships at Harry Geldien Stadium.
Friday, the Bison got first-place finishes from Tyce Dahlberg in the high jump and Marc Wodahl in the long jump. In addition, Cody Milmine qualified for Saturday’s finals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes; Wodahl qualified in the 100 and 200; and Dahlberg and Aaron Thiele moved on to the finals in the 300-meter hurdles. One day earlier, Dahlberg and Nathan Wagner qualified for the finals in the 110 hurdles.
“We’re trying to win every event that we can,” Dahlberg said. “We want to hang another banner.”
Dahlberg, Milmine, Thiele and Wodahl are part of a senior class that won the Class 3A state basketball championship as juniors and the Class 2A state football title this season.
“The football season was huge for us,” Dahlberg said. “It really got things started.”
Now the Bison are looking to finish the school year in style as they chase their first state track title since 1980.
Milmine, a two-time all-state football player for the Bison, has been the driving force for the track team’s resurgence. Buffalo won last week’s East Regional title by nearly 80 points over runner-up Douglas with Milmine claiming titles in all three sprints.
After placing no higher than fourth in any of the three events at last year’s state meet, Milmine entered this weekend’s meet as a favorite to win three gold medals.
“This has been the best year ever,” Milmine said.
His improvements on the track are a direct result of his winter conditioning. Instead of playing basketball in the winter Milmine competed in indoor track for Sheridan and finished second in both the 55 and 400.
“I just love track,” said Milmine, who will attend Eastern Oregon on a track scholarship. “And running indoor really helped me for outdoor.”
His teammates have had a front-row seat all season for Milmine’s accomplishments.
“Cody is amazing,” Dahlberg said. “He’s just so much fun to watch.”
Added Wodahl: “Running with Cody is great because we really push each other.”
Now the Bison are hoping Milmine can push them to another team title.
With her prolific high school career coming to a close, Lyman’s McKinley Bradshaw is making sure to enjoy every minute of it.
Friday, she added to her accomplishments with her fourth consecutive state championship in the high jump and also won the discus title for the second year in a row. She also finished second in the shot put to Douglas sophomore Allyson Fertig.
Bradshaw, who will play basketball at the University of Wyoming, admitted that having the high jump and shot put competitions at the same time made things more difficult than she would have liked.
“It was stressful,” she said. “At that point I just have to rely on muscle memory when I go from one event to another like that.”
For the third time in four years, an athlete from Torrington with the Harris surname won the 2A boys shot put title.
Logan Harris, now an offensive lineman for the Wyoming Cowboys, won the event in 2016 and set the state record the following year with a mark of 63-08.5.
His brother Corbin joined him as a state champion Friday. And while the younger Harris’s throw of 48-03.5 was more than 15 feet short of his brother’s record, Corbin definitely earned style points.
“I won it on my last throw,” he said.
Corbin also made sure to listen to his brother’s advice.
“I talked to him earlier in the week and he just told me to go out there and think you’re the best,” he said.
Also Friday, Rawlins sophomore Sydney Thorvaldson won her fifth individual state title by defending her 800 championship. The Pinedale girls had two finish atop the podium with Madison Friend winning the pole vault and Isabella Romasko the triple jump.
For the boys, Powell’s Dylan Preator (triple jump), Mountain View’s Connor Micheli (pole vault) and Powell’s Jay Cox (800) all won gold.