Laramie Indoor Track Wins Home Meet
Laramie won both team titles and 12 overall events in the Laramie Quad Indoor Track and Field Meet at War Memorial Fieldhouse last Saturday.
The Lady Plainsmen won six events and scored 122 points to easily take the ladies team crown over runner-up Cheyenne Central. The Indians finished with 56 points, just ahead of Cheyenne East with 53 and Cheyenne South was a distant fourth place with 21 points.
Laramie posted 28 top-five finishes that scored points. Sophomore Ketisa Akambosi won the 400 yard dash in 1:03.29, while LHS also claimed the 4X200 yard relay in 1:50.68. The other wins came from Rachel Battershell from Wheatland in the 55 yard hurdles and 200 yard dash. Fellow competitor from Wheatland, Lexi Hernandez, won the long jump. Alix Igo from Douglas, who competes for the Lady Plainsmen, won the shot put.
The Plainsmen also won six events and came through with 92.33 team points. Central was second at 73.33 points followed by East with 63.33 and South scored 22 team points.
Junior Tyler Dahl captured first place in the 400 yard dash. His winning time was 52.76 seconds. Sophomore Derk Lyford won the 1600 yard run in 4:56.87. Senior McCade Johnson crossed the tape first in the 55 yard hurdles in 7.95 seconds. LHS also won the 4X200 yard relay in a time of 1:35.86. Sophomore Jason Upton won the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet-10 inches. The final win came from Roman Smith of Douglas, who competes for LHS in the 200-yard dash. His time was 23.95 seconds.
Laramie returns to action Saturday, as they split the squad. The top line and veteran performers are headed to the Air Force Open indoor track meet. The rest of the team heads to the Kevin Salverson Invite at Cheyenne Central.
Plainsmen Swimming & Diving
Laramie won both their home duals last weekend against Rock Springs and Green River.
The Plainsmen won eight events and beat the Tigers 103-70 last Friday night. Laramie won all three relays and also got a pair of victories from freshman Max DeYoung in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
Saturday, LHS beat Green River 97-81. They won nine events led by Matt Mittelstaedt, who captured the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle, plus a sweep of all three relays.
The Plainsmen improved to 13-2 on the season. LHS will host Cheyenne East Tuesday at 5 p.m. before they head to Gillette for two days of competition this Friday and Saturday.
Laramie sent 10 skiers to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club last Saturday in a 1.5 km Freestyle Sprint.
Nine of the 10 LHS skiers reached the quarterfinals, but none advanced further.
The top finish came from junior Liam McInroy, who came in 16th place in the Men’s U20/18 age category.
Laramie returns to in-state action with two meets left in the regular season. They head to the Cody Invitational this weekend, before Laramie hosts their home meet on Feb. 10 and 11. The Cody meet features a 6K skate race on Friday, Feb. 3 and an 8K classic race on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Laramie was no match for their two conference foes last Friday in Cheyenne at South High School.
The Plainsmen were beaten by Sheridan 51-12. LHS won four matches, all by decision. Laramie was back on the mat a short time later and lost to Gillette 50-22. The Plainsmen came through with four victories and a forfeit win. Laramie is now 8-8 in duals on the season, but fell to 0-4 in the 4A East Conference.
Only seniors Idris Elias at 126 pounds and Kaden Schriner at 152 won both their matches on the day.
The Plainsmen will host Kelly Walsh in their home finale Tuesday, Jan. 31 in a postponed match from a week ago. Then, LHS heads to the Ron Thon Memorial Wrestling tournament in Riverton this weekend.