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State Track - Thursday

Hurdlers set up at the starting line for a preliminary heat Thursday, May 16, 2019 during the Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships at Harry Geldien Stadium in Casper.

Cienna Halls got to breathe easy down the stretch.

As easy as she can anyway.

Halls has been aiming for the top spot on the podium throughout her high school career despite dealing with asthma. Halls said she first realized she had the chronic disease as a freshman.

Four years later, she’s a state champion.

The Cokeville senior captured her first individual state title by winning the Class 1A girls 3200-meter run Thursday at the Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships at Harry Geldien Stadium on the campus of Kelly Walsh High School. Halls finished 44 seconds ahead of Farson’s Aden Scheer with a time of 12 minutes, 25 seconds, making it look easy even if wasn’t.

“I felt like I was kind of going to die after that one, but it was cool after I caught my breath and realized what happened,” Halls said. “It was really exciting.”

Halls said she’s trained herself over the years to run without breathing, which she described as taking short, shallow breaths. Complicating matters was a recent illness Halls said she was still getting over.

“You’re trying to breathe, but it’s like wheezing,” Halls said. “It’s just a struggle trying to make your legs move when your lungs hurt.”

Still, there was no doubt in Halls’ mind that she’d finally take that spot at the top of the podium.

“Kind of before I got here,” Halls said, referring to when she knew she had victory. “I knew I was going to win, which sounds cocky.”

Halls was one of two Cokeville athletes to win a championship on the meet’s first day. Freshman Kylee Dayton edged Burlington’s Sydney Olson for the girls high jump title by clearing 5 feet.

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There was also a new champion in the boys 3200 with Burlington’s Jarom Davidson earning his first individual title. The junior ran a time of 10:26.9, finishing 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Lain Mitchelson of Farson.

“I have a great coach who pushes me hard in practice,” Davidson said. “Came here knowing that I could get first, and that was my goal. Pulled it off in the end.”

Knowing what was on the line, Davidson said he pushed himself more than he did at regionals and wasn’t about to pull up down the stretch despite his comfortable lead.

“That last lap when I kind of took off and looked behind me, I knew that I could pull it off. It felt good.”

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Ten Sleep set a new meet record in the girls 1600-meter sprint medley, capturing the title with a time of 4:34.09. The foursome of Elizabeth Lungren, Molly Charney, Kelli Holiday and Lindsey Holiday set the record in the second year the state meet has had the event.

Jess Claycomb, Eli Jones, Cam Davis and Dillon Barritt helped Upton claim the boys 1600 medley title with a collective time of 3:50.66.

In Thursday’s other field events, Guernse senior Bailey Martin won the shot put with a throw of 36-4.5. Saratoga senior Samuel Schneider edged Dontae Garza of Burlington with a distance of 20-8.5 to claim the boys long jump title.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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