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By Pete Rust

Kester takes first in long jump at Laramie


The Green River Girls and Boys Indoor Track Team headed east to Laramie for the first time this season to compete in an all Wyoming competition featuring ten teams.

Teams represented were the three Cheyenne schools, Natrona County, Laramie, Rock Springs, Riverton, along with smaller schools Tongue River, Glenrock and Big Horn County attending the event.

Laramie won both the girls and boys division, defeating Cheyenne Central and showing that they will be a force to be reckoned with at the upcoming state championship in Gillette in early March.

The Lady Wolves sprinters were led in the 55 meters by Dezeray Wilson, who finished 25th in 8.04, and Heather Gibson, finishing 46th in 8.64 out of a field of approximately 80 sprinters. The same two lady wolves competed in the 200 meters with Wilson taking 28th in 31.35 Gibson 43rd in 32.60 and wedged in between was Jimena Campos in 38th place in 32.10 again in a field of about 80 sprinters.

In the half-mile, Kiersten Knezovich finished 18th with a time of 3:29.04 in the field of 24. The Lady Wolves had their largest contingent of runners in the metric mile, the 1,600 meters, with Kaisa Arnell leading the group with an 11th-place finish, finishing the event in 6:01.06. Other Lady Wolves in the event were Ashley Jensen finishing 15th, Shelby Lockman in 17th and Kelby Pope finished in 18th.

In the 55-meter hurdles, Eliza Morin finished fifth and Jimena Campos finished 26th.

As she has done all season, Morin led the way in the high jump finishing first with a jump of 5 feet, while in the triple jump Knezevoich jumped 27’ 10” for 19th place.

In the field events, the Lady Wolves had nine throwers compete in the shotput, led by Natasha Young, who took third place with a throw of 34’09.50 inches.

In the 4x800 relay, the team of Arnell, Lockman Jensen and Pope took second place.

For the boys, in a very large field of 177 sprinters, Kalen Kester once again led the Wolves’ efforts with a state qualifying time of 6.49.8 to take second in the event. Devon Bryan finished 67th and Jarrett Atkins finished 100th.

In the 200 meters and in a field of 114 runners, Kester finished 13th, Alex Davis took 42nd, Bryan finished 71st and Atkins finished in 95th place.

The grueling 400 meters Kyle Cacho led the way for the boys finishing in 9th place in the field of about 50 in 56.84. In the 800 meters, Christian Gayton in 20th and Marcos Valerio finished 22nd.

Finally, in the individual distance events, four wolves competed in the 1,600-meter run.

Braden Reichel and Brayden Kovich took fourth and fifth respectively, finishing at 4:54.84 and 4:54.97. Coleton Minard took 14th and Valerio finished at 21st.

The boys 4x800-meter relay team of Gaytan, Minard, Kovick and Reichl finished second.

In the field events, Cacho took third in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump while Kester won the long jump, the only first place finish for the Wolves, with a leap of 21 feet. The boys also had six throwers in the shotput, led by Elijah Hill in 39th place with a throw of 30.7.25.

“This meet for us was more of a training session, which does not do much for times at this point,” head coach Dan Hansen said.

Hansen said the event was a great experience and hopes times will improve as the team enters the season’s home stretch.

Next up for the Wolves is a trip to Idaho Falls, Idaho to Idaho State University and the prestigious Simplot Games. Coach Hansen plans to take 10 girls and eight boys, which will be an opportunity to compete with and observe some of the most talented high school performers in the nation before returning home for one more meet before the state finals.


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