ROCK SPRINGS – Things keep getting better and better for the Pinedale High School track and field team following yet another successful meet at the 3A West Regional meet last weekend at Rock Springs High School.
Pinedale had its work cut out, as 3A has a large number of strong athletes this season, making the division very competitive and difficult to stand out. At the meet, the Pinedale girls finished sixth overall with a score of 70.50 points, while the boys also finished sixth with 37 points in total.
Through top finishes at the meet and earning qualifying times earlier in the season, Pinedale ended up with 13 athletes who will attend the 3A State Meet in Casper, which began yesterday, May 18, and runs through Saturday, May 20, at Kelly Walsh High School.
“Overall, it was a great regional track meet for our team,” head coach Eric Oram said. “Our Pinedale Wranglers did a great job and we had so many personal records take place at the meet, which is exactly what we are looking for.”
Pinedale was able to pick up some solid performances out on the track at regionals. For the girls team, freshman Anna Harber took sixth in the long jump, while fellow freshman Maggie Majhanovich took seventh and freshman Adriana Liserio took eighth. In the shot put, a pair of strong throws placed junior Hannah Mivshek in fourth place, while senior teammate Aimee Gray took fifth overall.
Senior Shantelle Rule proved she is ready for state, placing first in the 100-meter dash, second in the 100-meter hurdles and first in the triple jump.
In addition, the girls 4x100 relay team, consisting of sophomore Madison Friend, Majhanovich, Liserio and Harber, took third overall.
For the boys team, senior Zack Winer took sixth in the 100-meter dash, before earning a third-place finish in the triple jump. Junior Courtney Campbell continued to shine, finishing second overall in the long jump, while distance runner and senior Nathan Stewart took eighth in the mile and fifth in the 3,200-meter races.
In field events, senior Kyle Brewer finished fifth in the discus at regionals.
From the strong showing at regionals and also earning qualified times earlier in the season, a good number of Pinedale athletes have advanced to state.
On the boys side, Pinedale will have a strong showing in the 100-meter dash, as junior Raven Que, Campbell, sophomore Teagan Pennock and Winer all advanced to the state meet to test their skills out among the state’s finest sprinters. The team will also have a presence in distance races, as Stewart advanced to run in the 1,600-meter race, along with the 3,200 at state.
In addition, the boys 4x100 relay team, consisting of Winer, Pennock, Campbell and Que will also have a shot to compete at the state level.
In field events, Winer and Campbell will represent the Wranglers in the long jump, while Winer will also compete in the triple jump. In discus, Brewer has advanced to state and currently sits in the top six athletes attending, with his best throw of the year coming in at 146 feet, 1 inch.
On the girls side, Rule and Harber will be competing in the 100-meter dash, with both athletes bringing in competitive times for the biggest stage of the season. Rule also advanced to the state meet in the 100-meter hurdles.
The Lady Wranglers also advanced to state in relay events, with the 4x100 team of Friend, Liserio, Majhanovich and Harber looking to bring home a top performance.
Pinedale has had huge success in field events this year, and will have quite a few of the team’s girls competing in various events. Rule will represent the team in the high jump, while Liserio, Majhanovich and Harber are all featured in the top eight performers for long jump.
In triple jump, the team was able to get four athletes in the top 18 that will compete at the state level, including Majhanovich, Friend, Liserio, Harber and Rule. In throwing events, junior Hannah Mivshek is set to compete in both the discus and shot put at state, with senior teammate Aimee Gray also competing in shot put.
The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) made a few changes with the state schedule due to inclement weather rolling through the state late this week. They moved all 18 field events to both Friday and Saturday, while the prelims of the 100 and 110-meter hurdles is set to begin at 2 p.m. today, Friday, May 19 instead of the original date of Thursday, May 18. Lastly, the Best of the Best award presentation set to begin on Thursday will be held today instead.