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

STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Central’s Pemble honored; Pine’s Gross gets redemption; Burns’ O’Neal finishes strong; tons more

CASPER — Cheyenne Central’s Jasmine Pemble stood on the track listening.

She heard the stories of several other track competitors and the hardships they had gone through. From car wrecks to birth deformities, each had to overcome something to get where they were.

In truth, Pemble was no different. She just felt she was.

“Compared to the other kids, it seems like mine was nothing compared to their’s honestly,” Pemble said. “Mine lasted a month. Most of them have been fighting it their whole life.”

During a break in the action at Saturday’s Wyoming State Track Meet, Pemble was one of several athletes honored with a Profile in Perseverance Award.

Back on February 8, 2012, Pemble suffered a brain aneurysm during the warm-ups of a Lady Indians’ basketball game. She was eventually hospitalized in Denver and had to undergo brain surgery. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Pine Bluffs’ Morgan keeps soaring to new heights; Central’s Wimbley learns in leap; finals qualifiers

CASPER — Every time he took the field this season, Pine Bluffs freshman Wyatt Norman got better.

Thursday was no exception.

At the Wyoming State Track Meet, Norman topped his previous best this season in the pole vault, finishing with a mark of 11 feet, 6 inches. It bested his previous jump of 10 feet, 2 inches and secured a tie for third-place in the 2A boys competition.

Not too bad for a guy who barely cleared 8 feet in the first meet of the season.

“I have no idea at all,” Norman said about his growth this season.

“I was excited for state and got on a new pole last week. That kind of helped me with another six inches on the pole. And also my mind was more in it I guess.” Continue reading

Burns’ McCart leaps to new heights, builds confidence for state

Burns' Alex McCart cleared 5-foot-2 at the regional meet last weekend. WTE/file

Burns’ Alex McCart cleared 5-foot-2 at the regional meet last weekend. WTE/file

BURNS — Alex McCart didn’t need anyone to tell her she could clear 5-foot-2 in the high jump. The Burns sophomore knew she could.

Actually doing it was a different story.

When McCart got up and over the mark at the Class 2A East Conference Regional Track Meet last weekend, it was a moment of relief.

“At SEWAC, I had really good attempts at 5-2 and it was frustrating to not be able to jump it. But to finally reach it, now it’s off my chest,” McCart said. Continue reading

Burns’ Berg keeps pushing, finds new levels to compete at

Burns' Wyatt Berg won the 400-meter dahs at the Pine Bluffs Invite in Pine Bluffs on Tuesday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Burns’ Wyatt Berg won the 400-meter dahs at the Pine Bluffs Invite in Pine Bluffs on Tuesday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

PINE BLUFFS — Wyatt Berg pulled away.

The next closest guy to him the 400-meter dash at the Pine Bluffs Invitational had no chance of catching up. The Burns standout finished in 53.57 seconds, almost a full second faster than Banner County’s Michael McKown (54.55).

The win was nice but it wasn’t what Berg was aiming for.

“I want to just keep shaving off seconds as we get closer to state because that’s where you want to peak,” he said.  Continue reading

South’s Colbert gets two wins in two different ways

Cheyenne South's Josiah Colbert paces himself during the 3,200-meter run at the Okie Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne South’s Josiah Colbert paces himself during the 3,200-meter run at the Okie Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Josiah Colbert’s first race of the day was a test of will.

His second race was hardly a test at all.

The Cheyenne South senior got dug deep in the 1,600-meter run, coming from behind to beat Cheyenne East’s Michael Kesy. In the 3,200-meter run, he ended up lapping a few of his competitors and winning easily.

Two wins by two very different results.

“(The 3,200 was) easier in one respect, hard in another,” Colbert said.

“Running alone is not fun. I would have like somebody to be there to push me a little bit harder, get a little bit more intensity but it was a good race.” Continue reading

Central’s Pfoor working to better herself no matter the competition

CHEYENNE — Friday was a good day for Cheyenne Central’s Heidi Pfoor.

The Okie Blanchard Invitational wasn’t the competition level she necessarily needed but it was enough to help build her confidence.

“I think days like this are extremely important, especially because days like this are days I can focus on my race and what I need to work on instead of focusing on maybe beating someone from another team,” Pfoor said.  Continue reading

South tracksters reset school records at Legler Invite in Casper

CHEYENNE — Last weekend, the Cheyenne South boys and girls outdoor track teams traveled to Casper for the Glen Legler Invitational.

Josiah Colbert got two wins for the team in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs but the wins weren’t the only success the Bison had. Three new school records were set at the meet. Continue reading

Track bringing out the best in Central’s Merryman

Mercedes Merryman

Mercedes Merryman

CHEYENNE — Of all the athletes Cheyenne Central girls track and field coach Rick Bishop has on his roster, there is only one he will say with absolutely certainty he already knows every event she will compete in at the end of the season.

That distinction belongs to Mercedes Merryman. She’s a 100- and 200-meter dash runner, long jumper and member of the 4×100-meter relay team.

And, beyond all of that, she’s an athlete Bishop puts his faith in.

“She’s turning into a leader type. I’m really learning to trust her and give her new responsibilities and she’s taking those on well,” Bishop said. Continue reading