Cheyenne South junior William Nolan had a state indoor track meet to remember March 5 in Gillette. Nolan won the 200-meter dash, triple jump and long jump and placed third in the 400-meter dash.
His triple jump mark of 48 feet, 5¼ inches broke an eight-year-old state record set by Laramie’s Stephen Michel. He also set school records in the long jump (22-7½) and 400 (51.55 seconds).
That alone would have made for a remarkable weekend.
It’s even more remarkable when you add a little context to Nolan’s triple jump efforts.
John Stellern — a Johnson Junior High teacher, Cheyenne East throws coach and all-around track enthusiast — brought it to my attention that, at the time, Nolan’s leap of 48-5¼ was the 10th-best mark by an American high-schooler during the indoor season.
Nolan would have WON a conference title at the college level!
Not too shabby.