STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Central jumpers shine; South girls get respect; Ragsdale starts career strong; finals qualifiers

CASPER — Talon Bullock got some advice.

Loud advice. Loud advice from the peanut gallery.

“My coach yelled at me, ‘You’re in ninth so jump well,'” Bullock joked.

Cheyenne Central assistant track coach Brad Pickett was hollering at Bullock just before the final jump of the Class 4A boys triple jump.

Bullock was sitting one spot out of medaling and needed to make his final jump count if he wanted to help the Indians score any points.

He did just that.

Bullock’s final jump of 41 feet, 4 1/2 inches was good enough to earn him seventh-place, resulting in two points for the Tribe.

“It means a lot. I got eighth in indoor state in triple jump. To be able to crawl up a little bit is always good,” Bullock said.

In that event, Bullock was alone. Teammate David Riedl earned a fifth-place finish in the triple jump just a short time after nearly being eliminated from the the 300-meter hurdle finals.

Riedl stumbled on the first hurdle of the preliminaries and had to settle for an eighth-place finish — the final spot needed to qualify for Saturday’s finals.

“Just to come back, make the finals and get a place, that’s a little morale boost,” Riedl said.

The senior noted that it is his third straight year finishing at fifth in 4A boys competition.

“I guess fifth-place is where I belong,” he joked.

South girls 4×100 relay cracks top five

Looking at the times of the other teams in the girls Class 4A 4×100-meter relay, the Cheyenne South girls had a good idea they could finish somewhere in the middle of the pack.

But fourth-place?

“Definitely not,” Amber Codr said with a laugh.

The Lady Bison finished the race in 50.09 seconds to take fourth among a nine-team field. The four girls running the race were Codr, Shermane Smith, Cali Stewart and Jasmine Dicks.

It’s the highest finish for the South relay team at the 4A state meet in school history.

And hopefully, it’s a sign of where the program might be headed.

“It is an amazing feeling because we’re finally getting the respect we’ve earned. People are starting to notice us and we’re starting to develop as a team and a school,” Codr said.

Pfoor’s busy day finishes with a fourth, qualifying time

Heidi Pfoor spent all morning trying to notch a good jump in the 4A girls triple jump event. She then had to move to the track and try to secure a qualifying time in the 300-meter hurdles race.

It appears the junior has this balancing act down to a science.

Pfoor nabbed a fourth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 35 feet, 5 3/4 inches. She followed that up a time of 46.36 seconds in the 300 hurdles, the third-fastest time of the prelims.

“I feel like it’s important just to focus on your event you’re doing at that point in time and then move on to your next event. It’s definitely a struggle with prelims and finals,” Pfoor said. “You’ve just got to remember nothing counts until finals.”

Pine Bluffs’ Ragsdale makes the most of first state meet

After scratching on her first two throws of the 2A girls discus contest, Pine Bluffs’ Jordan Ragsdale refocused and fired off her final toss.

This time, the throw was true. And it secured her place in the finals.

Ragsdale finished with a toss of 103 feet, 2 inches in the finals of the competition to take sixth in her first-ever state competition. It wasn’t her best throw of the year but that didn’t matter.

“I felt like I could have done a lot better. I have done better. I’ve done 114 before so it was kind of a step down,” Ragsdale said. “But I was just happy I got in finals and ended up in sixth-place.”

Headed to Saturday’s finals

The final round of prelim runs were held on Saturday with several Laramie County athletes securing a spot in the championship finals.

A trio of Cheyenne girls qualified for the 4A girls 400-meter dash. East’s Logan Yurek and Anna Reiner qualified fourth and sixth while Central’s Danielle Alexander was sandwiched between them at fifth. Melina Harris also made the finals for the Lady Indians.

Burns’ Paden Wilson finished with the sixth-best time in the 2A boys 300 hurdles. Teammate Wyatt Berg made the 400 dash finals by posting the eighth-best time. On the girls side, Alex McCart will run in the 2A girls 300 hurdles after taking fifth. Colton Wright also qualified for the Broncs in the 100-meter dash with the fifth-best time. A pair of Lady Broncs made the 100 dash finals. Ashley Turner qualified second while Mardi O’Neal was fourth.

A day after being eliminated from the 200-meter finals, East’s Dominique Hill posted the top qualifying time in the 4A boys 100-meter dash. In the 4A girls 100 dash, Harris qualified third while Yurek, Williamson and Mercedes Merryman took fifth, sixth and eighth respectively.

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