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 Sanchez gets a lesson in pace (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Cheyenne South's Ana Sanchez took 14th at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne South’s Ana Sanchez took 14th at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Ana Sanchez made a choice before the Leroy Sprague Invitational started.

“At first I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to go and wherever I end up, I end up,'” the Cheyenne South sophomore said.

Early on, she was keeping pace with Gillette’s Tabitha Simmons. And then the energy gave out. Continue reading

Central’s Miller finding his stride at a young age (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Cheyenne Central's Elliott Miller took seventh at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne Central’s Elliott Miller took seventh at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Elliott Miller knew what a big day at the Leroy Sprague Invitational would feel like.

The Cheyenne Central sophomore hasn’t been a stranger to success, but a solid run against the majority of Wyoming’s other Class 4A teams would do something no other race, aside from state, could.

So he ran hard. And it showed.

“The way I’m feeling right now is horrible,” Miller said with a laugh just after the race. “But emotionally it was a big accomplishment to be able to run with the big kids and especially to be able to do it as a sophomore. It’s an honor really to do it.” 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

WyoSports extra: Burns volleyball, East cross-country, South tennis notes

Cheyenne South's Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Cheyenne South’s Lincoln Trujillo won his match on Saturday against Torrington, 6-3, 6-1. Blaine McCartney/staff

Some material this weekend did not make the Wyoming Tribune Eagle print edition due to it being past the print deadline. Here’s the material that did not make it to our offices on time:

South tennis battles Torrington

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne South boys tennis team came close to earning the program’s first team win on Saturday, falling to Torrington 3-2.

Lincoln Trujillo won his No. 1 single match over Tyler Ring, 6-3, 6-1. The doubles team of Jake Freeman and Lencho Beltran won the No. 1 doubles battled Jon Cummings and Liam Nadeau to a 6-1, 6-1 win. Continue reading

East’s Fredrick overcomes allergies, ready to run

CHEYENNE — Katie Ruff watched Nate Fredrick run during the outdoor track season and couldn’t figure out what was wrong.

Fredrick, now a senior at Cheyenne East, had great times in the 800-meter run and did well during the indoor season. But when he started running the 1,600- or 3,200-meter races outdoors, things got tough.

Fredrick just thought it was the same problems most distance runners had. But something in his head told him to go visit a doctor after the conclusion of track season.

“I’m allergic to everything. Everything from animals to flowers to trees to grass. Everything,” Fredrick said with a smile. Continue reading

Central girls loaded with quality runners

CHEYENNE — Rick Bishop recognizes he’s got a chance to field a quality girls cross-country team this fall at Cheyenne Central.

The challenge — can he get five talented runners on the same page?

Among the athletes running cross-country for the Lady Indians this fall are four who have picked up at least one top 25 finish at the Class 4A state meet over the last three seasons.

In 2010, Casey England (12th), Tristan Tyrrell (19th) and Heidi Pfoor (25th) hit the mark. In 2011, Tyrrell (25th) hit the mark again followed by Madison Yager’s 13th-place finish in 2012. Continue reading

South’s Chubb focused on time, not place

Mikey Chubb

Mikey Chubb

CHEYENNE — Mikey Chubb isn’t concerned about the where. He’s more worried about the when.

The Cheyenne South cross-country athlete refuses to quantify success on where he finishes at the Class 4A state cross-country meet this season. Top 10, top 20, it doesn’t really matter.

It’s all about how quickly he finishes.

“To me, to go out with a big bang, it would just mean to make my (personal record) more than anything. It’s not really placing. I really couldn’t care about placing. It’s more about placing after your PR,” Chubb said. Continue reading

Central cross-country bucks the past, picks captains

Seniors Alex Krysl, left, and Abigail Bird, right, were selected as the first team captains for Cheyenne Central's cross-country team in coach Rick Bishop's 20-plus year coaching career.

CHEYENNE – Alex Krysl came to the Cheyenne Central cross-country team trying to stay in shape for basketball season.

Abigail Bird realized early on she wasn’t cut out to play volleyball for the Lady Indians and might be better off finding a new sport.

The duo that stumbled into cross-country are now leading the team. Literally.

For the first time in coach Rick Bishop’s 20-year tenure coaching the Indians, Central will have team captains for the boys and girls squads. Krysl will be captain of the boys while Bird is in charge of the girls.

“It’s really just a thing I did to stay in shape for basketball and the ultimate Frisbee that we play, I was really into that. It’s kind of surprising how far I’ve come as a runner,” Krysl says. 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