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.

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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

South’s Foley returns a favor to Central’s Wilde

On Wednesday, Cheyenne South girls track coach Scott Foley handed Cheyenne Central assistant track coach Sean Wilde a handful of Skittles at the Greeley Invitational.

Wilde said he had no idea what was going on, but Foley merely returned a favor. Continue reading

Signing day

Here are some notes and quotes I couldn’t fit in Wednesday’s paper from Cheyenne East’s signing day.

Qarus Hernandez, football, Dakota Wesleyan

— Hernandez also visited NCAA Div. II Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo., and Div III Cal Lutheran. He said he enjoyed his visits to those schools, but got a better offer from Dakota Wesleyan. He also said there would have been too many distractions at Cal Lutheran with it being so close to Los Angeles and the beach.

— “The biggest thing, for me, was finding somewhere I was comfortable. I had to be comfortable with the town, the coaches and the team. Dakota Wesleyan felt like home.”

— Dakota Wesleyan is in Mitchell, S.D., home of the famed corn palace.


Abi Bever, track and cross country, Black Hills State University

— “The thing I liked most about it was it has really good academics. It has a really good elementary education program. The cross country program has a pretty good history of being pretty good. They’re one of the best programs in the Dakota Athletic Conference.”

Unpublished profile

We’ve recently brought back our prep profile boxes where we ask high-school athletes random questions. I asked Cheyenne Central Justin Roberts the following questions during our Prep Athlete of the Week interview Tuesday, but plumb forgot to put together the profile information for publication. Roberts gave me some quality answers, so here’s the box that should have run in today’s paper.

Justin Roberts

Grade: Senior

Sports: Football, indoor and outdoor track and field

Trading places:Seeing how track is my thing, if I could trade places with somebody for one day it would have to be (Jamaican sprinter) Usain Bolt. If I’m Bolt, there’s no way I’m pulling up and celebrating 10 or so meters short of the finish line in the 100 at the Olympics. I’m going to run as hard as I can all the way through the finish to see just how fast I really am.

Bucket list: Before I die, I definitely want to go watch the Olympics. I’ve wanted to do that ever since I started competing in track. I also would like to see the Super Bowl in person. I just hope the game I get to go to is as exciting as the last one we watched Sunday.

First job: I was a ticket-taker at Iowa State football games. We were basically done by the second quarter and then got to go up into the stands and watch the game. It was pretty nice.