Johnson and Baty Excel at Air Force Open Track Meet
A victory in the hurdles and a school record in the high jump highlighted a good showing for Laramie High School indoor track at two meets last weekend.
Senior McCade Johnson ran 8.26 seconds and crossed the tape in first place in the 60 meter hurdles Saturday at the Air Force High School Indoor Open.
Fellow senior Reid Baty competed unattached and broke the school record in the high jump in his first indoor meet this year. Baty clear 6 feet-4 inches and came in second place.
LHS Indoor Track head coach Greg Schabron said it was a lot more competitive than the previous year.
“To have anybody place top five, even top eight there was pretty phenomenal, so it was very impressive.”
Both of Laramie’s 4X440 yard relays finished in the top four. The Lady Plainsmen took third with a time of 4:14.60, while the Plainsmen were fourth in 3:39.01.
There were six other top eight performances in Colorado Springs.
In Cheyenne at the Kevin Salverson Invitational, a small group of Laramie High student-athletes competed. Laramie placed fourth in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings.
Freshman Aubry Sanchez highlighted the day with a victory in the pole vault. Sanchez cleared 9 feet for her victory.
The Lady Plainsmen scored 39 points, while the Plainsmen finished with 14 points. Central won both team titles.
Laramie returns to action by hosting the Shine Invite Friday at War Memorial Fieldhouse.
Plainsmen Swimming & Diving
Laramie took fourth place at the 2017 Gillette Boys Swim and Dive Invitational. They scored 311 team points.
The Plainsmen were victorious in only one event, the 400 freestyle relay, in a time of 3:27.96. Freshman Max DeYoung took second in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore Chris Bury placed third in diving. LHS was also third in the 200 medley relay.
Laramie head coach Tom Hudson said the way they scored it hurt them
“We swam pretty beat up, as well, on Saturday. We were in our best events, it just didn’t go that well.”
Gillette won the team crown with 433.5 team points. Kelly Walsh was second with 373, while Rock Springs took third at 342. The meet used 20-place scoring.
Last Tuesday, the Plainsmen beat Cheyenne East in a home dual, 102-74. Laramie won eight of the 12 events. LHS is 14-2 in duals this season.
Laramie returns to action with their final home meet of the regular season Tuesday versus Cheyenne South. It’s Senior Night, as the Plainsmen will honor four seniors on the roster. Action starts at 5 p.m.
Hudson added, “It’s always tough to see senior night come, but these guys have a meant a lot to the program. We’re hoping to send them out with a win against the Cheyenne South team that’s much improved.”
Laramie took fifth at the Ron Thon Memorial Wrestling tournament in Riverton last weekend. The Plainsmen had five placers and scored 113.5 points.
Senior Carless Looney came in second at 182 pounds. He lost a 5-3 decision in the finals to Hayden Wempen of Riverton.
Seniors Idris Elias (126) and Kaden Schriner (152) both took third, while sophomore Ethan Sell was fourth at 106 pounds and junior Arsenio Lemus placed fifth at 132.
The Plainsmen will conclude the regular season at Cheyenne South Thursday at 6 p.m.
Laramie Nordic Skiing
At the Cody Invite, junior Liam McInroy led Laramie during both days of racing. McInroy took second in Friday’s 6K freestyle in a time of 19:25.8, which was 3.3 seconds behind the winner. Saturday, McInroy won the 8K classic race in a time of 25.40.8.
Albert Steiner finished eighth and Nathan Kessler took ninth in last Friday’s freestyle, while Steiner added a fifth place effort in the classic race.
The Lady Plainsmen were led by senior Hailey Schmidt, who was fifth in the freestyle. Last Saturday, freshman Abigail Whitman took fourth place in the classic race.
No team scores were provided for the Cody Invite.
Laramie will host their home meet Friday and Saturday at Happy Jack Recreation Area east of town.
Laramie Alpine Skiing
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen moved up and finished third at the Pinedale Invite last weekend, which featured two days of giant slalom racing.
The Lady Plainsmen finished with 33 points and were led both days by Lena Weinstein. She placed eighth on Friday and Saturday. Brooklyn Pratt added 15th place finishes both days, as well.
Jackson won the girls title by a wide margin with 160 points. They swept the top three places both days. Pinedale took second with 65 points.
On the boy’s side, Laramie struggled and came in sixth place with just four points. Nicholas Fadial placed 15th during Saturday’s race, and that accounted for the Plainsmen’s points.
Jackson came in first with 122 team points, while Pinedale and Cody tied for second with 100 points each.
Laramie heads to the Cody Invite at Red Lodge, MT for their next competition.