4A East track and field regionals wrap up
CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Kelly Walsh High School in Casper was the site for this season’s 4A East track regionals. Sheridan, Laramie, the Cheyenne and Gillette schools joined hosts Kelly Walsh in their quests to dominate the regionals and secure state tournament trips.
The state tournament will be back in Casper next weekend. To qualify for the state championship meet, individual athletes needed to place in the top eight and relay teams in the top four.
Three Kelly Walsh athletes reached the top of the podium.
Darius Wiggins dominated the preliminaries on Friday in the boys 100 m, 200 m and 400 m. He was able to retain his form in the 400 m and took first place in 49.14 seconds. He finished second in the 200 m with a 22.65 time and fourth in the 100 m in 11.33.
Finley Klinger also had an outstanding performance in the girls 3200 m. She finished first with a time of 11:51.33 and second in the 1600 m to Laramie’s Libby Berryhill.
Elayna Chafee also stood atop the podium for Kelly Walsh for her performance in the girls triple jump. She finished with a 36-09.25 jump, which was more than a foot longer than her second-place competition.
Cheyenne’s schools also did not disappoint. Many athletes showed out and were able to reach the top of the podium in their individual events.
Former Prep Athlete of the Week Taliah Morris continued her impressive performances from Friday’s preliminaries. She finished first in the girls 100 m with a time of 12.40 seconds, and she also had some spring in her step.
Morris finished first in the girls long jump with an 18-11 jump, which was two feet past in the competition.
Morris was not the only East athlete to not go home empty-handed. Levi Smith won the boys 800 m with a time of 1:59.88.
East’s Blaise Ronnau found his way to victory in the boys 300 m hurdles and finished a full second ahead of the competition with a time of 41.08, and Kaliff Guevara also jumped his way to victory. Guevara finished first in the boys triple jump.
While East and Kelly Walsh athletes found themselves atop the podium plenty, they weren’t the only ones.
Central’s Kalea Reisdorfer finished first in the girls pole vault, and her teammate Madisyn Baillie won the girls high jump.
Cheyenne South’s Caydince Groth took home first place in the girls 400 m dash, and she was also a part of the South girls 4x400 relay team that took first place, as well.
As far as the teams fared, Campbell County narrowly edged Cheyenne Central 117.33 to 116.50 to take home first place on the girls side.
Kelly Walsh finished third with 113 points. Sheridan (94), Thunder Basin (73.5), Laramie (72.33), Cheyenne East (67.33) and Cheyenne South (36) rounded out the rest of the girls’ team scores.
For the boys teams, Sheridan did not mess around. They finished with 206 points, which doubled Cheyenne Central in second place at 97.5 points.
Campbelly County (95), Kelly Walsh (93), Thunder basin (72), Cheyenne East (64.5), Laramie (63) and Cheyenne South (7) rounded out the rest of the boys’ team scores.
The state championship meet will begin in Casper later this week.
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