Perspective on William Nolan’s indoor state record

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.

Not only that, it would have placed him fifth at the Mountain West Indoor Championships. It also would have won the Summit League title.

Nolan would have WON a conference title at the college level!

Not too shabby.

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