Outtakes: State cross-country

I found some gems when chatting with Laramie County’s cross-country community in the afterglow of Saturday’s state meet.

Pine Bluffs-Burns won its fifth straight state Class 2A girls championship. I did not see that coming at all. Last year’s third-place individual, Austin Asay, graduated, and two other expected returners didn’t come out for the team. So I figured they’d finish in position to come away with some hardware and a couple of all-state runners. Well, I suppose they did that. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country runs at Saratoga

*The following information did not appear in the print edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle because it was turned in after deadline.

CHEYENNE — Austin Asay won the Saratoga Invitational with a time of 20 minutes, 30.95 seconds, a personal best time, to lead the Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country team. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs-Burns girls are back for another run … and a title

From left, Austin Asay, Sam Hanson, Rylee Anderson and Susan Schmidt are four of the runners being counted on by the Pine Bluffs-Burns girls cross-country team to defend its state title. Again.

BURNS – They’re back. And they’re planning to keep winning.

The girl’s cross-country conglomerate known as the Pine Bluffs-Burns team is looking for a third straight Class 2A state title this year. The team lost a few runners from last year but does return a slew of talent.

As cliché as it is, the Lady Hornets are the hunted. And they’re just fine with that.

“There’s definitely a target on the back of us after two years and then our first year when we got second to Saratoga, that even put a target on our back because they knew we were dangerous,” junior Sam Hanson said. “But after winning two years in-a-row I think Lovell and Saratoga are definitely going to bring it.” Continue reading

Pine Bluffs, Burns cross-country serves as uniting force for old rivals

The Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country team of coach Cole Manlove, Lydia Schmidt, Sam Hanson, Jessie Soward, Austin Asay, Jessica Phillipe, Kyra Eby, Angel McFarlin, Susan Schmidt and coach Dustin Lee is not only winning on the course but changing how two rival schools view each other. Photo by Michael Smith/staff

BURNS — According to Google Maps, 18.8 miles separate the towns of Burns and Pine Bluffs via Interstate 80. For years the two schools have been rivals on just about every playing surface imaginable.

The conglomerate known as the Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country team is looking to change that.

“We get along. We’re a good group. We’re good friends, we’re really close,” Burns junior Jessica Phillipe said. “We like to push each other in practice too so that helps.”

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Asay ready to run with the best close to home

PINE BLUFFS — Ask Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country runner Austin Asay about the Leroy Sprague Invitational and you get an answer that can best be described as upbeat or excited.

The varsity girls race at the Prairie View Golf Course in Cheyenne will kick off today at 3 p.m. with the boys slated to run at 3:30.

Asay, the defending Class 2A individual state champion, has reached the pinnacle of high school competition in Wyoming. But there’s something special about running in this race. It’s a chance to prove something — she belongs.

“There’s (Cheyenne) Central and (Cheyenne) East runners there so that’s always fun. Last year, there was only one East girl in front of me so that’s kind of in my mind right now,” Asay said. “Just seeing girls that I have done sports with in the past, it’s just fun because you can get with some old friends and stuff.”

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