Day one of state track was very successful one for Laramie Plainsmen with a pair of victories and a lead in the team standings.

Senior Albert Steiner led the way at state track. The senior repeated as state champion in the 3200-meters. He posted a time of 9:37.14 and was about 4.5 seconds ahead of senior teammate Philip Henry (9:41.84). It marked the second straight 1-2 finish by those two in that particular race.

The seniors combined with fellow senior teammates Liam McInroy and Brendan Rucinski for a narrow victory in the 4x800 meter relay. LHS topped the competition with a winning time of 8:01.57. Rock Springs was just over a second back.

Junior Matt Smith and senior Reece Shannon finished third and fourth in the long jump. Smith went 22 feet-6.75 inches, while Shannon’s best jump was 22 feet-4.5 inches. Senior Eric Zafft added a fifth in the pole vault, as he cleared 12 feet-6 inches.

The Plainsmen scored 43 team points and lead Natrona County by 17.5 points through four events.

The Lady Plainsmen weren’t as successful. They scored in two events and sit in eighth place with 13 points.

Sophomore Aubry Sanchez took second in the pole vault.  She cleared 10 feet with fewer misses on her attempts for the runner-up finish. Fellow sophomore Abigail Whitman took fourth in the 3200 meters. Her time was 11:53.25.

Freshman Taylor Gardner and junior Ketisa Akambasi both qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday. Gardner had the third-best time at 16.36 seconds, while Akambasi was fourth at 16.64 seconds.

Cheyenne Central leads the girls’ team race with 33 points after the first day. Day two begins at 9 a.m. Friday.

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