State track and field championships wrap up day two

Cheyenne East's Taliah Morris tries to stay loose during day two of the Wyoming state track and...
Cheyenne East's Taliah Morris tries to stay loose during day two of the Wyoming state track and field championships at Harry Gelden Stadium in Casper, Wyo. on May 21, 2021.(David Graf)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 11:32 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On a day that did not feel like spring, there was certainly a premium on staying loose and warm for the athletes and the fans.

Day two of the state track and field championships got underway at Harry Gelden Stadium at Kelly Walsh High School with athletes from all classifications competing for championship glory.

The high jump and long jump were among the main events. Cheyenne East’s Taliah Morris took home the 4A girls long jump state title with a 19 feet and one-inch leap, and she qualified for the finals of the 100 and 200-meter dashes.

The pole vault was also one of the main events. Cody’s Grace Shaffer vaulted herself into a state record in the girls pole vault en route to a 4A first-place medal.

Shaffer vaulted 12 feet and six and a half inches. The previous state record was set by Campbell County’s Paula Andrie in 2011.

Kelly Walsh’s Cameron Burkett, a junior, took home the 4A boys shot put title in his hometown. Burkett had finished second in the 4A East regionals at Kelly Walsh last weekend.

“I was expecting to throw the best I have this season,” said Burkett in an interview after receiving his first-place medal. “I knew that I had no pressure on me, so coming in the second seed in state, I decided well I have nothing to lose might as well just go throw.”

Burkett’s winning throw of 61 feet and an inch was just shy of the 63 feet eight and a half inch state record set by Torrington’s Logan Harris in 2017.

“I started the season throwing a 52. Came out with a 61. All I know is that I’m going after that record next year.”

The final day of the state track and field championships will conclude back at Kelly Walsh High School. The 100, 200 and 400-meter dash finals are among the events that will crown champions.

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