There were some highs and some lows in Casper as the Star Valley track & field teams completed a busy second day of competition at the Wyoming Championships.
With one more day left in the season, the Lady Braves are currently in second place, but trailing the Cody Fillies by 30 team points. The Braves are also in second place, trailing the Douglas Bearcats by 23.5 points.
After edging seven-time reigning champ Cody at the 3A West Regionals last week, the Lady Braves will need a big day on Saturday to get to the top spot on the podium. There are still plenty of points to be scored on Saturday.
Jesse Sanders (left) & Kellen Hansen (right) – Photo by Carmela Demler
“We had a great morning; the afternoon [didn’t treat] us quite as well,” said head coach Ty Draney. “We’ll pick up the pieces and move on. The Cody girls have performed well. We’ll go from here and see how much ground we can make up.”
Cody High was buoyed by Emily Reed won both the high and long jumps and had the fastest prelim times in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.
The highlight of the day came early on as freshman Shane Henderson and senior Cody Peck tried to double-team Cody’s Brody Smith in the 800 meter run. In the end, Henderson won the state championship and broke the school record at the same time with a 1:55.96. The old mark of 1:57.51 was set by Jason Livingston in 2009. Peck also broke the old school record with a time of 1:56.67 and placed third in the race. Nic Demler ran under two minutes with a 1:59.95 and placed seventh. Mitch Rider was 10th with a 2:03.49.
“Shane ran a really savvy race,” Draney said. “Cody kind of set the tone early on and made Brody work and then at the end Shane found that he had a chance to take him so he took it. It was just a really great race by both of those guys.”
Nic Demler, Brian Campbell, Mitch Rider & Shane Henderson win the 4 x 800 meter relay – Photo by Carmela Demler
• Lady Braves
Hannah Demler and Kayli Draney placed sixth and seventh respectively in the 800 meter run. Madison Ashworth was tenth.
Janice Hall had the second-fastest prelim time in the 100 meter dash with a 13.12. Sophomore Sierra Brunkhardt also qualified in the 100 with 13.58.
Caitlyn Turner had the fastest 400 meter prelim time of the day with a 1:00.45. Lindi Moore also qualified for the finals with a 1:02.58.
In the 100 meter hurdles, Aspen Heward had the third-fastest prelim time with a 16.61. Janice Hall qualified in the eighth position with a 17.29. Sophomore Faith Robbins was ninth with a 17.65
In the 300 meter hurdles, Heward had the second-fastest time with a 48.48 while Robbins was the third-fastest with a 48.75. Hall also qualified for the finals with a 50.41.
The quartet of Sierra Brunkhardt, Lindi Moore, Shania Warren & Aspen Heward placed fourth in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a 53.16.
Courtney Smith finished 16th in the pole vault with a height of 8’ 0”
Finally, Hall placed third in the long jump with a 16’ 8.5”. Brunkhardt placed 10th with a 15’ 7.5”
Jesse Sanders qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.63 seconds.
Kellen Hansen and Cody Peck qualified for the 400 meter finals with times of 52.06 and 52.66 respectively. Tanner Hunsaker was 10th with a 53.52.
Sophomore Whitman Jones placed 14th in the 300 meter hurdles prelims with a 45.02.
The quartet of Sanders, Hunsaker, Joey Swanson & Hansen placed third in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 45.78 seconds.
Lorenzo Merino and Haydn Neilson were unable to secure a height in the pole vault.
Finally, Denton White placed 15th in the shot put with a 39’ 8” mark.
• Team Scores
The Fillies built up a big cushion on Friday and lead the girls’ standings with 66.0 points. Star Valley is second with 36.0. Jackson and Powell are both tied with 35.0 team points while Worland is close
behind with 34.0.
“Last week we were behind on the girls side and made up some ground,” Draney added. “We have a big opportunity to rack up some points so hopefully we can do that.”
The Bearcats lead the team race with 77.5 points. Star Valley is second with 54.0 while Cody is third with 39.5. Lovell is fourth with 34.0 and Powell is fifth with 29.0.
“We’ll see how much we can make up on Douglas in the mile and some other finals,” Draney concluded. “It can be maddening to get hung up on a single day. I told the kids we will do what we can and go from there. Hopefully everybody can finish the season on a note they can be happy with. I’m proud of the team’s accomplishments this season no matter how it shakes out.”
Day 3 SVHS competitors – Saturday May 23
9:30 – 100 Meter Hurdles Finals – Aspen Heward & Janice Hall
10 a.m. – 100 Meter Dash Finals – Janice Hall, Sierra Brunkhardt & Jesse Sanders
10:30 a.m. 300 Meter Hurdles Finals – Aspen Heward, Faith Robbins & Janice Hall
1 p.m. – 400 Meter Dash Finals – Caitlyn Turner, Lindi Moore, Kellen Hansen & Cody Peck
2 p.m. – 1600 Meter Run Finals – Hannah Demler, Nic Demler, Shane Henderson, Cody Peck & Mitch Rider
3 p.m. – 200 Meter Dash Finals – Caitlyn Turner, Kellen Hansen & Jesse Sanders
3:50 p.m. – 4 x 400 Meter Relay – Caitlyn Turner, Lindi Moore, Faith Robbins & Aspen Heward AND Joey Swanson, Tanner Hunsaker, Whitman Jones & Kellen Hansen.