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

South’s Jenkins gets motivated, ready for challenges ahead

Josh Jenkins

Josh Jenkins

CHEYENNE — It shouldn’t have been the last event of the day. That distinction was supposed to go to one of the distance running events

But there was Cheyenne South’s Josh Jenkins and Cheyenne East’s Brandon Dominy lined up against each other, mono e mono.

It was a runoff in the 100-meter dash, with the winner earning a spot in Saturday’s Class 4A regional finals. Both Jenkins and Dominy crossed the finish line in the 100-meter dash prelims in exactly 12.08 seconds. No matter how many decimal points out the scoring machine went, it was still a dead even race.

“I took eighth at regionals when I did the one-on-one race with Brandon Dominy over at East and made it to state,” Jenkins said. Continue reading

Hanson setting the tone for the Pine Bluffs girls track team

Samantha Hanson

Samantha Hanson

PINE BLUFFS — Samantha Hanson is all that remains of Pine Bluffs 2012 4×100-meter relay team.

Of the four members that ran that race last spring, only the junior is left. The other three runners all graduated.

The names have changed. The expectations have not.

“I really think that the underclassmen that have come up, the sprinters, are going to step up and try to get to the level that our team was at last year,” Hanson said. Continue reading

East’s Hill ready to take control, show he belongs on top

Dominique Hill

Dominique Hill

CHEYENNE — Last season, Dominique Hill was fast.

He was fast enough to win 200-meter dash at the Class 4A outdoor track and field meet. Fast enough to place third in the 100-meter dash.

But that was with a handful of other guys on the Cheyenne East roster who were also high quality sprinters. Back then, Hill was the young gun.

Now, he’s the veteran with the target on his back.

“I know there’s going to be some guys on my own team who are going to be shooting for me but there’s going to be guys at Central, there’s going to be guys at South, across the state, looking to compete with me and beat me,” Hill said. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs’ Baker proves she’s no ordinary sophomore

Pine Bluffs' Andrea Baker competes in the discus during the regional track meet at Cheyenne South on Saturday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Andrea Baker isn’t your typical sophomore athlete at a small school in Wyoming.

The Pine Bluffs student was a key figure on the volleyball team in the fall. She was a starter on the basketball team in the winter. And now, she’s a state qualifier for the state Class 2A track meet in Casper starting Thursday.

Make that a two event state qualifier.

During the regional meet in Cheyenne last weekend, Baker won the 2A girls shot put on Friday with a throw of 35 feet, 3 1/2 inches. She followed that up with an eighth place finish in the discus on Saturday thanks to a throw of 102 feet, 1 inch.

“For it being my sophomore year and I’m going to state in both my events that I participate in, that’s pretty good,” Baker said after Saturday’s regional meet. Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Thoughts on the regional track meet

Cheyenne East's Logan Yurek, left, and Jessy Eatmon take part in the 100-meter dash finals at Saturday's East track regional. Eatmon and Yurek are two keys to Cheyenne East's speed. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — After two days of watching Laramie County athletes compete at the East track regional at Cheyenne South High School, one thing is certain — this area has plenty of talented kids and will be represented well at the state track meet later this week.

The Cheyenne trio of 4A schools, Central, East and South, along with Class 2A programs of Burns and Pine Bluffs, are loaded with talented runners and field competitors.

Here are some notes, highlights, thoughts and athletes to keep an eye on in Casper: Continue reading

East sprinters keep pressing on despite loss

CHEYENNE — For much of the season, the Cheyenne East boys have been defined by the the success of the school’s sprinters.

Dominique Hill, Joe Whitmire, Ben Moen and Breighton Huckaby have consistently been four of the fastest runners in Class 4A all year long. Individually, they battle each other for the top spots in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. As a unit, they are one of the best 4×100 relay teams in the state.

Just before the East regional track meet, the Thunderbirds were dealt a huge blow. Huckaby, a move-in from Texas, was booted from the East team for a major violation of team rules.

Down but not out, not by a long shot. That’s the attitude the remaining group has utilized since the news came down.

“Focused. That’s just all it is,” Whitmire said.

“We still come out, we still compete, we still represent the Thunderbirds,” Hill added. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs girls 4×100 relay team refuses to lose

CHEYENNE — Cassidy Smith might have summed up the feeling the Pine Bluffs girls 4×100-meter relay team was experiencing just before she got the baton on the anchor leg at Friday’s regional track meet in two word.

“Oh crap.”

By the time Smith got the baton, the Lady Hornets were in an unfamiliar position as they trailed the Burns 4×100 team with only 100 meters left to go. Sam Hanson, Laura Gross and Conner Graves had kept the race within reach but it would be up to Smith to play catch-up.

And did she ever.

Smith caught up to Megan Smith of Burns in just enough time to finish in 52.61 seconds. Burns wound up finishing the race in 52.73 seconds. Yep, .08 hundredths of a second were all the separated first from second.

“I was just really scared because the Burns girl that was next to me was screaming for her team,” Hanson said as she watched the last leg play out. “She like, ‘We’re going to win. We’re going to get them this time.'” Continue reading

Central’s Snow gets the regional meet started off right

CHEYENNE — Bryce Snow has kind of gotten use to the idea of being the first guy on the track at any given meet. The Cheyenne Central senior has spent much of the season running the 800-meter race to start most track meets.

Friday’s regional meet was no different. And just like most other meets this season, Snow ended up on top.

Thanks to a time of 1 minute, 58.56 seconds, Snow won the Class 4A 800 run, the first race of the day and one of the few races that was actually finalized on the opening day of competition.

“The 800 is usually one of the first events so I’m pretty use to that and also it being final, I’m use to having the one shot, getting it done,” Snow said.  Continue reading