State Track - Saturday

Jackson's Mac Staryk, left, overtakes Star Valley's Asefa Wetzel on the final stretch to win the Class 4A boys 1600-meter run last month at the Wyoming State High School Track and Field Championships in Casper.

Star Valley’s Asefa Wetzel finished 8th in the 5,000-meter run Friday at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wetzel posted a time of 14 minutes, 46.73 seconds to win the first section. Robbie Cozean of Xavier Track Club in Connecticut won the race with a time of 14:26.18.

Wetzel also ran on the Star Valley sprint medley relay team that finished 30th with a time of 3:40.11. Joining Wetzel on the team were Peter Visser, Dean Shaw and Wyatt Moore.

Moore and Wetzel have already signed to run at Wyoming in the fall.

Two-time state champion thrower Ryan Kienzle of Thunder Basin finished 21st in the discus, emerging elite division. The two-time outdoor champion in the discus threw 156 feet, 5 inches, down from his winning throw in this year’s state championship of 160 feet. Kienzle, who will enroll at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota, for track in the fall, also competed in the emerging elite division of the hammer throw on Friday and finished 38th with a heave of 117-08.

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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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