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State Track - Saturday

Rawlins' Sydney Thorvaldson reacts after winning the Class 3A 1600-meter run during the Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships last year in Casper.

BOYS

MOST QUALIFIERS: Buffalo and Powell with 33 each. The Bison don’t have any qualifiers in either the shot put or discus but have four in both the 100 and 200. The Panthers, meanwhile, have at least two entries in 12 events to go along with all four relay teams.

EAST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Buffalo ... Cody Milmine won three individual titles (100, 200, 400) while Marc Wodahl won both vertical jumps as the Bison bested runner-up Douglas by nearly 80 points.

WEST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Mountain View ... the Buffalos won 10 individual events, with Ashton Schofield earning three golds (100, 200, high jump) and Briggin Bluemel (both hurdles) and Mason Ozuna (vertical jumps) two apiece to hold off Powell for the regional crown.

2018 CHAMPION: Star Valley.

WHO TO WATCH: Cody Milmine, Buffalo. The senior has the state’s best time in the 400 and could propel the Bison to their first team title since 1980.

EVENTS TO WATCH: The sprints ... the expected head-to-head battle between Mountain View’s Schofield and Buffalo’s Milmine could be the difference in the team race.

GIRLS

MOST QUALIFIERS: Douglas with 28. The Bearcats’ depth is in the field events, where they have multiple entries in five of six events as well as all four relay teams.

EAST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Douglas ... the Bearcats overwhelmed the field with quantity and quality, with Kamdynn Townsend winning three events (400, high jump, long jump) and Allyson Fertig winning both throws.

WEST REGIONAL CHAMPS: Powell ... the Panthers had just one individual gold medalist in Sabrina Shoopman (300 hurdles) but had just enough to edge Lyman (111.5-111) and third-place Pinedale (109).

2018 CHAMPION: Cody.

WHO TO WATCH: Lyman’s McKinley Bradshaw and Douglas’ Townsend both bear watching, but all eyes will once again be on Rawlins’ sophomore standout distance runner Sydney Thorvaldson.

EVENT TO WATCH: 400 ... With less than one-half second separating the top three contenders, expect a photo finish.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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